Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit 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, recently received a letter of appreciation from the Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR) for its donations to wounded Marines recovering in Quantico.
The organization gave the WWR twenty Visa gift cards of $50 each to Marines in recovery after being wounded in combat. Given annually to recovering service members, this program has become a tremendous local outreach effort for DVNF.
In previous years, gift cards have been sent to Bethesda National Military Medical Center during the holiday season. This annual effort is a way for the organization to provide recovering troops a boost in morale during a time of difficult transition.
“[Your generosity] did make a positive difference in their lives during the holidays,” said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Corrado, the WWR’s Commanding Officer at Quantico. “Many of the families would have been without Christmas toys to share with their children or even a Christmas meal on the table. With support such as yours, there is truly nothing these resilient warriors cannot accomplish!”
The contribution was especially meaningful to DVNF’s CEO, Joseph VanFonda (Sgt. Maj. Ret.). His final assignment of a 27-year military career was serving as the Wounded Warrior Regiment Sergeant Major.
“I spent so much time working with wounded Marines and have seen how truly resilient they are,” said VanFonda. “However, the holidays can often be difficult for these Marines and their families, and these gift cards are a great way to remind them how much they are appreciated.”
VanFonda added that in the coming months, he plans for DVNF to be involved in many initiatives for combat-disabled veterans, including the Wounded Warrior Trials at the beginning of March in San Diego.