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AboutFace-USA, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Garden Clubs, Health, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Help veterans, first responders, disabled individuals, and their family members turn their lives around for the better

Target demographics: Veterans and first responders control, manage and overcome their issues related to their Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS); educate their family members

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of veterans, first responders, and their family members. Provided food, clothing, toys, and other miscellaneous items to veterans, first responders, their family members, schools, and numerous nonprofit organizations. Twelve elementary schools are using the Aeroponic Tower Garden to teach student the importance of health and well being.

Geographic areas served: Georgia and other states if and when requested

Programs: Support Groups - we gather to promote purpose, healing, accountability and encourage the sharing of feelings, emotions and everyday issues affecting their personal and family lives. All male and female veterans are welcome! Groups meet in an open and confidential setting with the goal of developing a sense of wellness and self-worth. Project GROW (Gardening, Rehabilitation, Outreach, Wellness) - Project GROW pairs students and special needs individuals with military veterans and affords them the opportunity to obtain education and knowledge of the benefit of Aeroponic Tower Gardening. Participants receive instructions and knowledge on growing, selling and marketing their produce. Family Reinforcement - The program is designed to reach out to the wives and families of veterans, provide an open and confidential environment for conversation, sharing, mutual understanding, resources and support that addresses the spouse’s emotional and financial needs. Spouses will learn how to identify “triggers” and are taught “coping skills” that will help their veteran and themselves. Community Education (Military 101) - designed to teach civilians about military culture and lifestyle. The course provides awareness opportunities for business and government leaders and the general public. These presentations educate the public on veteran/family everyday lives, their leadership qualities, culture, and needs. Patriotism and a healthy understanding of a veterans’ life are precursors for communities to help local veterans succeed. Wellness - providing emotional and financial assistance to military families struggling to make ends meet, which improve morale and helps maintain a cohesive marriage/family environment, while the veteran is away. Improves the quality of the returning veterans of life. Community Assistance Project (CAP) - conduct periodic senior citizen outreach projects to assist with handyman services, yard work, painting, transportation, companion services, shopping, etc. to assist low- and moderate-income seniors in making necessary home repairs in order to improve living conditions and prevent their home from physical deterioration.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

About Face - USA is the real deal. I have called with requests for help with Veterans so many times and have never been let down. With scammers out there taking advantage of our men and women who should be honored, it has been my privilege to know what this team puts into making a difference in the lives of Veterans. They have put those needs ahead of their own countless times. Thank you, About Face-USA for being a part of the solution!!
Debbie A - Georgia

Client Served

Rating: 5

10/30/2018 (27) Wes Brookman
Wes Brookman recommends AboutFace-USA.
I’d reach the end of my vocabulary trying to explain how fantastic this local non-profit organization for veterans is or how good of a guy its founder, Joe LaBranche, is.... Anyone looking to donate to help support veterans and their families AND wanting their contribution to go as far as possible in aiding the actual service member, LOOK NO
FURTHER. I’ve interacted with many different veteran support groups, and I assure you that AboutFace-USA is DIFFERENT.
I was simply blown away by the level of genuine kindness, generosity, and eagerness to help ( (with anything and everything) that I was greeted with at AboutFace-USA... “Grateful” just doesn’t quite say it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience is with Joe LaBranche, the President/founder of AboutFace-USA. He is passionate about the Vietnam Veterans and has a strong desire to help them in any way he can. He works with our school maintaining our Tower Gardens. His desire is to have veterans help maintain them so they can interact with others and feel useful. He devotes countless hours to his organization and the well being of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War. His own story is inspiring and a true testament to bravery, courage and compassion for others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Veteran-led veteran-service groups are much better than the alternative. There are many who think they know what battle veterans need, but few that have experienced the horror. I have heard founder Joe LaBranche's personal story about his return from the Vietnam War, and if my son, daughter, or an acquaintance needed assistance in dealing with the aftereffects of their time spent in theater, I would appreciate someone like Joe, or others from About Face USA, to lend a helping hand or a trained ear to them. Some veteran-centric organizations serve veterans with pleas for money, About Face USA serves pleas for help with their heart and their faith. Unequivocably, About Face USA needs to be more widely recognized for their efforts on behalf of their fellow warriors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AboutFace, USA, led by Joe Labranche is love in action and making an eternal difference in the lives of Veterans. It is an honor and a privilege to partner with Joe to provide hope, healing, and faith with the men and women who have given so much for so many. We have worked with AboutFace, USA on a number of projects and outreach opportunities. Each project has been successful and thousands of Veterans have benefited. In the strongest terms, I recommend AboutFace, USA to anyone who is looking to support a high value, effective, and efficient Non-Profit organization. David Dodd, Colonel US Army Retired / Director, Point 27

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

October 30, 2018

To Whom it May Concern:
AboutFace-USA is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer, nonprofit organization that empowers veterans and family members to turn their lives around for the better. The organization provides safe and stable programs and services to veterans, their family members, and families of our fallen. The work they do helps to improve the individual’s quality of life, self-determination, and self-worth.
The AboutFace-USA programs help reduce the pain and suffering our returning veterans and their families endure upon reintegration into civilian life. They provide a stable and safe family friendly environment, a refuge within the community where veterans and like-minded people can meet, learn, and share their story. By including non -combat veterans and military service members there is an increased opportunity for all to seek and receive the services needed, without singling out the severely troubled.
The veterans support groups gather to promote purpose, healing, accountability and encourage the sharing of feelings, emotions and every day issues affecting their personal and family lives. AboutFace-USA welcomes male and female veterans. Groups meet in an open and confidential setting with the goal of developing a sense of wellness and self-worth.
In addition to veteran/family programs, AboutFace-USA offers military culture presentations to the community which provides awareness opportunities for civilians, businesses and government leaders. These presentations educate people on veteran/family lives and their qualities, culture, and needs.
This organization is an asset to our communities and to our veteran. We support AboutFace in every way.

Respectfully,
Ken and Karen Pleva
1229 Atrium Way, Leland, NC 28451
910 465 6230

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aboutface is making multi-generational changes for the better in our community- helping veterans, children and growing food for the community too!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I know that Joe LaBranche is a great leader for Aboutface. As a Veteran of the Vietnam War he knows of the difficulties of returning to a "normal" life and the hardships returning veterans face. Joe puts his heart and soul into helping fellow veterans. He will work with individual veterans and access their particular needs and help as much as possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

About Face and the founder, Joe Labranche show community members that there are a variety of ways to assist our military and veterans by becoming involved in their communities, solving a problem, and expanding their view of the world. About Face has inspired hundreds of adults and students. Their efforts have made a difference in the lives of thousands of our brave active duty troops as well as veterans of all cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. About Face provides development and leadership opportunities by implementing multiple volunteer projects that offer a continuum of service all year long. They raise awareness of issues that affect our veterans like PTSD and homelessness. They welcome ideas, provide tools, encourage action, supply resources, and teach skills, enabling people to become part of the solution. Whether it is delivering food or providing clothing, personal hygiene products, counseling or shelter, their goal is to make an impact in the lives of our heroes. Mr. Labranche empowers, encourages, equips, and mobilizes dedicated volunteers to take action and experience success in helping to alleviate societal issues of our veterans. By partnering with parents, businesses, schools, and organizations, About Face helps both members of our community recognize collective responsibility regarding veteran issues. Joe through his non profit offers opportunities for concerned citizens to be respectful, tolerant and accepting of differences, and they strive to instill a lifetime commitment to serve our brave soldiers, veterans, and their families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The transition from military life to civilian life can be really tough. I know - I’ve been there, and now I see and work with transitioning Veterans every day. AboutFace ‘fills the gap’ by meeting the needs and challenges of these Veterans and their families. They help them reintegrate into civilian society by identifying the specific resources Veterans need and by providing a true sense of belonging. AboutFace gets it, because these are sincere and knowledgeable Veterans helping their fellow Veterans!

1 Samuel S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

About face USA Inc has a wonderful program helping Veterans with life skills as well as their hydroponic gardening, they offer so many other programs which benefit veterans also vocational training.

Additionally, About Face has help the Disabled American Veterans by supplying food stuffs which were used to help Veterans and their families they also have access to new electric wheelchairs and new hospital beds for veterans in need.