United Way Long Island Awards $10,000 Grant to Hope For The Warriors

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Grant will benefit critical care needs of local military families

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Living in a region where 1 in 5 veterans lives in poverty, the work of agencies like Hope For The Warriors®, which provides a safety net for veterans and their families, is vital to our local heroes, and the community as a whole.

Hope For The Warriors® thanks United Way of Long Island for its continued support of Hope For The Warriors® and military families. The organization awarded a $10,000 grant to the Hope For The Warriors® Critical Care Coordination Program. Hope For The Warriors® is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

For the past five years, Hope For The Warriors® has partnered with United Way of Long Island’s Military Family Assistance Initiative/VetsBuild. In that time, the organization has received a total of $47,500 for its Critical Care Coordination Program to help post-9/11 military personnel and their families. The program has assisted military families who were facing financial emergencies in the areas of housing, transportation, utilities, holiday needs, and more.

Hope For The Warriors® works daily with wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen to meet immediate financial needs. Critical Care Coordination involves integrated case management on various levels engaging individual wounded service members, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and/or the warrior unit in which they are associated, medical professionals (if applicable), the Department of Defense and other nonprofit organizations.

Travel expenses, lengthy hospital stays, loss of income, and unexpected expenses create financial burdens for families during a vulnerable and uncertain time in their life. Originally designed to meet short-term needs in the days following an injury, the program has expanded to assist wounded heroes and their families as they navigate through long-term recovery.

“United Way of Long Island recognizes the need to mobilize an entire community to effect truly lasting change,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President & CEO of United Way of Long Island. “Living in a region where 1 in 5 veterans lives in poverty, the work of agencies like Hope For The Warriors®, which provides a safety net for veterans and their families, is vital to our local heroes, and the community as a whole.”

“We are humbled by United Way Long Island’s enthusiasm to support local military families in the New York area,” said Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors® President. “United Way Long Island has shown us their dedication to the needs of our military year after year and we thank them for their generosity.”

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About United Way of Long Island
United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health. We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. The VetsBuild Program represents United Way’s commitment to changing the lives and building the futures of veterans living on Long Island. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit http://www.unitedwayli.org/, Facebook United Way of Long Island or follow us on Twitter @unitedwayli.

Hope For The Warriors® Mission Statement
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for four consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.

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