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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to ​provide critically needed​ support ​to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom. ​ ​

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

All the positive reviews are from organizations that received funding from them so they can continue to receive donations. The vets get less than 10% of the money and the rest is spent on trips and gift for the staff. Trust me I am a former employee check CNN for their backstory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our services are offered free of charge to veterans, and we are funded solely by grants and private donations. Grants like this allow us to continue offering quality programming and services that are highly needed in the veteran community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Disabled Veterans National Foundation has helped us give back to those that served our country.

Thanks to the generous support of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 21st Century Heroes can continue to provide therapeutic and professionally instructed woodcarving workshops to wounded veterans. For the past two years, DVNF has been instrumental in helping us fulfill our mission to assist wounded veterans by providing training in a creative craft and skill with the goal of restoring to them a quality of life with their communities and their families.

We are grateful and honored to partner with DVNF on this very important cause.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks to the support of Disabled Veterans National foundation, 21st Century Heroes can continue to offer therapeutic and recreational woodcarving workshops to wounded OIF and OEF veterans. It’s through combined efforts of organizations throughout the country, that more veterans can be reached and their roads to recovery made more attainable. Thank you, DVNF for helping us, help veterans!

The Fenwick Foundation

Board Member

Rating: 5

DVNF has been a strong supporter of The Fenwick Foundation, a DC-Metro based public charity. Funding from DVNF has greatly assisted our efforts to provide therapeutic socialization activities and educational outings to Veterans in VA Medical Centers (VAMC) therapy units -- psychosocial, psychological, military sexual trauma, substance abuse and physical and rehabilitation therapy; to older disabled veterans living in VAMC and long-term care residences (Community Living Centers) and medical foster homes; to families of active duty service members severely wounded and/or physically and/or psycho-socially disabled in the line of duty; We also provide assistance and respite to full-time family Caregivers of disabled veterans.

Our interactions with DVNF staff have underscored the passion and commitment this organization has for our cherished Veteran and military heroes and their families.

See photo of Veterans enjoying a Washington Nationals baseball game - one of our most popular activities. Thank you, DVNF, for all that you do - it is greatly appreciated.

Camillus House-Development

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) is a wonderful agency to work with. They generously help entities that provide quality programs to veterans across the country. Camillus House, a non-profit organization with 57 years of experience in providing humanitarian and social services to persons who are poor and homeless in Miami-Dade, recently participated in their grant making cycle and the process was a breeze! Through a generous gift from the DVNF, Camillus will be able to retrofit an existing property to assist veterans as they transition to civilian life. Camillus House is so honored to be able to partner alongside the foundation as we work to meet the needs of the community in Miami-Dade County.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A huge thank you to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for their generous grant supporting veterans needing adult day health care and respite for their families. The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center in Prescott Valley, AZ is the only adult day health program for northern Arizona, a rural area that has a population of more than 27,000 veterans. This grant came at a time of need with the local VA cutting their budget for veterans using adult day health services. 50% of the population attending SJRC are veterans. Due to the budget cuts, veterans lost all transportation funding, as well as partial or full day center care funding. SJRC is now able to set-up veteran-only scholarship funding as a result of the grant. The typical veterans receiving services at SJRC:
1. Have memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia who lives at home in a stressful situation with an aging caregiver or children who are working full-time.
2. Suffers from PTSD and lives alone
3. Lives in a VA foster home or care home who has physical needs met but unmet community socialization and recreational needs.
SJRC and veterans are grateful that DVNF supports and truly understands the benefits of the organizations mission of "Quality Care. Quality Services. Quality of Life."

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the generous grant contribution from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), Resounding Joy is able to expand its Semper Sound music therapy program for disabled veterans. Semper Sound assists in military service member rehabilitation and transition by focusing on warriors' non-musical goals. Music therapists arm men and women with take-home strategies and give them the ability to incorporate music as a lifelong strategy for overcoming adversity. Studies show that music therapy participants with PTSD experience a greater reduction in symptoms with music therapy than with cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as favorably improve depression. With the support of DVNF, Semper Sound reaches more service members in need than ever before! This wonderful grant also gives Resounding Joy the resources needed to improve data collection and program impact reporting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to a generous grant from DVNF, Resounding Joy has been able to sustain and strengthen its music program for military service members and veteran with physical or psychological combat-related diagnoses. Their program staff have been very helpful with the grant submission process, and we look forward to putting their funds to work getting service members the care they deserve. Thanks, DVNF!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Volunteers of America Colorado is grateful to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for its support of our Veteran Treatment Program. Funding from DVNF will help our program provide housing stability, transportation and medical costs for low-income or homeless veterans . These veterans are often struggling with addictions, and these funds will help us assist them in taking control of their situations. Funds will also support training peer mentors and developing veteran-led peer support groups. . Thank you, DVNF, for supporting the Veteran Treatment Program at the Volunteers of America Colorado Bill Daniels Veteran Service Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We would like to thank the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for making a difference in the lives of military veterans by supporting Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) and our outdoor adventure program. The grant which they have graciously provided will be used to sponsor veterans who were injured in the line of duty on life changing outdoor adventures. These adventures include skydiving, scuba diving, camping, white water rafting, and adventure races just to name a few. This year we will also be taking a large group of 20 sponsored participants to the Marine Corps Marathon and 10k in Washington, D.C.

As a 501(C)3 organization, SDIA works to engage, assist and empower our nations veterans and first responders, our "Sheep Dogs", by providing continued service opportunities and outdoor adventures which offer physical challenges and the camaraderie that is often missing after a shift or tour of duty ends. These opportunities give veterans and first responders the ability to satisfy their innate desire to serve and help those around them through three programs: Disaster Response Missions, Outdoor Adventures and Holiday Assistance.

We can't thank DVNF enough for making a difference in the lives of deserving "Sheep Dogs".

Client Served

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys is grateful to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for its support of our trauma-informed programming for low-income veterans and their families. The contribution from DVNF will help fund vet-to-vet art, writing, and music workshops, tutoring for military children, a veteran mentorship program, and more. These workshops will help veterans and military families address and cope with their invisible wounds of war such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Secondary Trauma, and more. Thank you Disabled Veterans National Foundation for supporting the healing of our veterans and families!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recognizing that when one member of the household serves the entire family serves, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) has made a critical impact on the lives of military families at Project Sanctuary.

Funding from DVNF is allowing families to reconnect through Project Sanctuary's six-day therapeutic retreats, and then provides at least two years of custom-tailored follow-up services. DVNF's partnership is helping military families to strengthen relationships, achieve financial sustainability, providing coping mechanisms for post-traumatic stress, and supporting the needs of military youth. With DVNF's support, families able to find their balance and truly thrive.

DVNF supports the healing and empowerment of the entire military family, creating a network of support so they may face new missions together. Project Sanctuary is deeply honored for DVNF's support and is proud to partner in this journey of supporting our heroes and those who love them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) has partnered with DVNF several times in the past few years. We have been the recipient of their grants that go towards our adaptive golf programs and services for post 9/11 wounded war veterans and their families. We cannot do what we do without the generous support of organizations like DVNF. On top of that, we know of the reputation they have in the veteran community through their own programs and initiatives. DVNF is the exact type of partner we look for when serving our veteran communities,

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is grateful for the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, a supporter of our Arts in Healing program's services for veterans. DVNF is critical to the implementation and expansion of programs that provide traditional and non-traditional services to our veterans. Thanks to DVNF, The Kentucky Center's Arts in Healing program has a dramatic impact on the lives of disabled and at-risk veterans through arts experiences that enhance emotional/spiritual healing, improve mood and outlook, build new inner-resources and outlets for emotional expression, create compassionate listening and support communities, foster community connections and creative experiences beyond their hospital stay, and reduce stress for patients and caregivers.

Advisor

Rating: 4

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (dvnf.org) is a wonderful non-profit charity that has provided a powerful impact for helping community-based organizations help our Nation's Veterans, who desperately seek services, to re-enter their communities with confidence and with the future hope of being productive for themselves and their families. Kudos to DVNF!!!

USA Cares

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

USA Cares is a national 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist post-9/11 veterans, active duty service members and their families facing service-connected crises. We assist these veterans and military families through four distinct programs: Combat Injured, Career Transition, Housing Assistance and Emergency Assistance. Since 2014, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation has been an incredible supporter of the work we do at USA Cares, and we cannot thank them enough for continuing to help us change lives in military communities across the nation! Recently, we received a $25,000 grant from DVNF to go towards our Combat Injured program. This program covers basic expenses for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST) while they receive treatment. The generous grant that DVNF provided will empower our organization to better address the needs of the countless combat injured veterans who seek our help, and give us the ability to help many more veterans in the coming year! Thank you for doing all that you do to support our mission!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to support from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will provide its proven and successful Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to veterans in the greater Indianapolis area. YDPP is a lifestyle intervention that is proven, through learning and practicing healthy eating and exercise habits, to reduce the incidence of diabetes.

More than 490,000 Veterans currently live in Indiana. Approximately 120,000 reside in this region. Seventy-three percent served in the military during a period of armed conflict. Veterans of all eras tend to suffer from certain health issues – including chronic pain, obesity, and PTSD – at disproportionally higher rates than the civilian population. For instance, in Indianapolis, 42 percent of Veterans are obese and 28 percent are diagnosed diabetics.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is honored to provide this program, which is part of a national pilot collaboration between our YMCA and the Roudebush VA Medical Center, also in Indianapolis, to offer comprehensive health and wellness options to veterans and their families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for the $3,000 recent grant award to help offer a healing retreat for local veterans! St. Francis Spirituality Center is very gracious for this wonderful gift and appreciate the honor of being in partnership with this reputable national foundation.

This retreat will be held at St. Francis Spirituality Center November 3-5, 2017
This retreat for all veterans and active duty service members is designed to offer healing
insights from one of the most beloved saints: St. Francis of Assisi, who was himself a prisoner of war. Participants will examine the challenges confronting veterans in light of the life of a saint who rose out of the ashes of combat to become an icon of peace. You will
gain further insights from contemporary authors:
Joseph Campbell in The Hero’s Journey
and Harry Moody in Five Stages of the Soul.

Retreat team includes:
Dr. Greg Massiello, Ph.D, trauma therapist,
Fr. Conrad Targonski, OFM, retired Marine
Corp chaplain, and Rev. William Reese, Lutheran
Minister and a Vietnam Veteran,
Sister Edna Michel, Director St. Francis Spirituality Center

For more information about how to attend this Northwest Ohio retreat, please email or phone St. Francis Spirituality Center:
Phone: 419-443-1485
Email: peace@franciscanretreats.org

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The DVNF granted Boise Rescue Mission Ministries $10,000, which will fund our Veterans Ministry Program (VMP). Implemented in 2010, the VMP is the only program of its kind for homeless veterans in the state of Idaho. This grant is being used to support the mental health services offered by the VMP and is being applied to expenses associated with providing services such as psychological testing, 24-hour crisis intervention, individual counseling, case and treatment plan management, medication management, and specialized therapy in life skills and symptom management.
BRMM would like to thank the DVNF for their support, allowing us to continue to serve the homeless veterans in our community and help them successfully transition back into civilian life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Development Director of Warriors' Best Friend I can't begin to express how much we value our partnership with the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. For two years, Warriors' Best Friend has received the support of the DVNF which has allowed us to adopt homeless dogs from animal shelters, like Bosco (pictured below) and train them to assist veterans battling Post traumatic stress disorder/and or Traumatic Brain Injury. We are able to provide these critically-needed service dogs at no cost to veterans and their families thanks to the support of partners like the DVNF!

The DVNF's support is so important for programs like ours. Despite the incredible emotional and physical benefits of service dogs, many veterans are unable to obtain a dog due to extreme costs and long wait lists. The DVNF helps to bridge this gap for veterans and provide access to this important and life-saving care!

I'm especially impressed with the amount of time and effort the DVNF commits to each non-profit to strengthen and grow our programs that help us to thrive, improve our quality of care, and provide services to more and more veterans. The staff at DVNF are amazing and are always looking for ways to help us connect to more men and women that could benefit from our program, as well as provide any counsel or resources needed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Huge thanks to everyone at the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for the recent grant award to Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center. DVNF's support has enabled us to begin a partnership with Evans Army Community Hospital, located on Fort Carson Army Post, to provide mental health services to Soldiers addressing post traumatic stress symptoms. This support will not only allow us to help our nation's heroes find health and healing but also to rebuild relationships with families. At PPTRC we understand it is not only our duty but our privilege to serve these men and women in conjunction with Evans Community Hospital and we are proud to be a part of the DVNF family.