Being affiliated with this organization is uniquely gratifying, but also instills an incredible level of responsibility to ensure our success in carrying out our mission: to help those (and their families) who have sacrificed so much in their efforts to protect us, our families and our nation. It is the distinct pleasure of each of our board members to do this. No pay. No reimbursable expenses. We don't operate that way. If you make a donation, each penny - be it part of a $5 donation or a $50,000 donation - goes into an account used only to fund checks to these families. None of us would have it any other way.
The Families of the Wounded Fund (FOTWF) is run and administered by all volunteers; therefore, there is no overhead, there is no administrative fees. !00% of the donations are spent in direct support of the families of those wounded in combat who are being treated at the McGuire Medical Center--the Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, VA. The families are an essential element in the care and healing and recovery of those severely wounded. However, our Government is very restricted in the manner in which these families receive government paid financial support--it is very difficult to get and it is always insufficient. The FOTWF provides the financial resources so that these wounded troops can be cared for on-site in the hospital by their families. I've personally seen in so many instances how the FOTWF has provided the resources necessary to put these families back together to enable both physical and emotional recovery from the most severe, traumatic wounds one can possibly imagine. These troops have given so much; so should we; and supporting their families is the most rewarding, and effective means possible. May God continue to guide their recovery.
This all-volunteer oranization has helped nearly 200 families of severely wounded combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. These familes face the daunting challenges of caring for their injured family members who are being treated for brain and spinal cord injuries at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Financial assistance from FOTWF has enabled family members to stay at the bedsides of their loved ones, a key to their successful recovery. This unique nonprofit has no overhead and commits all of its donations to these families who are sacrificing so much for our nation.
My name is Bill Haneke, US Army (Ret). I was an Army Military Advisor to the South Vietnamese in 1968, when I was severely wounded in combat and evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During my extensive treatment & rehabilitation, my wife served as my caregiver and stayed at a civilian motel near the hospital. We went through every penny of our limited savings to keep her at my bedside which was essential for my treatment and survival. The Department of Defense paid and still pays little or nothing extra to these caregivers to help offset their extra expenses for lodging, meals, medical care, child care, etc. The casualities from the current War on Terror being treated at McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA, are some of the most severely combat wounded and are all still on active duty while undergoing treatment there. There family caregivers come from all over the U.S. and the majority have given up jobs to spend time caring for their loved ones, thereby severely reducing the family income. The presence and support of these family members is vitally important to the successful treatment of these wounded heroes. Consequently, the financial assistance given by the Families of the Wounded Fund to these caregivers is badly needed and an important factor in allowing these family members to remain with their injured loved one.
I've been involved in many not-for-profit fund raising endeavors. Being a board member of the Families of the Wounded Fund is the most rewarding thing I've ever done since I returned from nearly seven years as a POW in Vietnam in 1973. The Families of the Wounded Fund is the only "charity" where every nickel raised goes to the beneficiaries, the families of our most critically wounded military personnel from Iraq & Afghanistan. There are no gimmicks. All work is done by volunteers. No board members are paid anything. Paul Galanti