Swords to Plowshares Celebrates 38 years of Service to Veterans

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16th Annual Veterans Day Dinner & Profiles of Courage Award Ceremony

Honoring veterans who have shown courage in the face of adversity

Particularly on Veterans Day, we are reminded that we have a long road ahead of us to provide care to today’s veterans and aging veterans who continue to struggle.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco’s leading nonprofit veteran service organization, will host the 16th annual Veterans Day Dinner and Profiles of Courage Award Ceremony.

“Each year, we honor veterans who have overcome tremendous obstacles and turned their lives around with perseverance and courage,” said Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares. “This is an opportunity to inform the community about the impact of our programs and honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country.”

More than 500 community supporters will join together to pay tribute to Swords to Plowshares and the thousands of Bay Area veterans they have served. The Profiles of Courage awards will be given to veterans who have turned their lives around and shown tremendous courage in the face of adversity. Each story speaks to the full range of services Swords to Plowshares offers and illustrates the success of the organization’s nationally recognized programs.

WHO:         Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco-based veteran service agency
WHAT:     16th Annual Veterans Day Dinner, Profiles of Courage
WHEN:     Wednesday, November 7, 2012; 5:30 PM
WHERE:     Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

For more information contact us at 415-252-4788 or visit http://www.stp-sf.org/veterans-day
“Without our comprehensive services and support from the community, many more veterans would face unemployment, mental illness, substance abuse, and eventually homelessness,” said Blecker. “Particularly on Veterans Day, we are reminded that we have a long road ahead of us to provide care to today’s veterans and aging veterans who continue to struggle.”

Sponsors of the 16th Annual Veterans Day Dinner, include: Morrison and Foerster Foundation & Morrison and Foerster, LLP; Keker & Van Nest, LLP; Snyder, Miller & Orton, LLP; Paradise View Wines and Wells Fargo & Company.

About Swords to Plowshares
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance to homeless and low-income veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities.

War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Our mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans we serve. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at http://www.stp-sf.org.

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