Disabled Veterans National Foundation Awards Grant to “Operation We Care”

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Funds will assist the organization in providing financial aid to veterans in need.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://www.dvnf.org), a non-profit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom, is sending a $5,000 grant to the Veteran’s Freedom Center (VFC) of Dubuque, Iowa for its “Operation We Care” program. These funds will assist the organization in providing financial aid to veterans in need.

The Veterans Freedom Center provides a place for veterans to socialize and network, boasting a gathering facility with a wood shop, exercise room, and conference room, as well as a TV lounge and game room. In addition, the organization assists veterans with supportive services and other resources.

The “Operation We Care” program of VFC is designed to give financial aid to veterans in the tri-state area. This nonprofit program distributed $9,000 in assistance in 2011, but has already surpassed that total by $4,000 this year. VFC stated that this influx in requests can be mainly attributed to the return of so many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. They have also seen increased assistance to female veterans needing help with rent, mortgage, or other family-related expenses.

“This superb organization is lending assistance and camaraderie to veterans in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin,” stated Precilla Wilkewitz, President of DVNF. “This program aligns perfectly with the mission of DVNF, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to the Veterans Freedom Center’s continued success.”

The $5,000 grant will be used to meet the growing demand of the Operation We Care program. DVNF wants to ensure that no veteran that turns to VFC for assistance will be turned down due to lack of funds.

About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501c3, DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.

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