Citizenship in Action Bulletin
Becky Weber, GFWC Citizenship in Action Chairman
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation
The purpose of Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation (WIMSA) is to recognize and tell the stories of the commitment and patriotic service of all women who have served in the defense of this country. By focusing on these women, the Memorial makes their contributions a visible part of history and presents them as role models for future generations. As you prepare for Veteran’s Day, find and identify local women veterans and send their information to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc. Make sure you designate the names were sent in by a GFWC club. Several clubs have "adopted" women veterans and honor them on their birthdays, at holidays, and at club meetings. One state has helped makeover a Women’s Veterans Shelter. Check with your local VA facility to see if you can help the Women Veterans.
Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; to help severely injured service members to aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.
Wounded Warrior Backpack—The Wounded Warrior Backpacks contain essential care and comfort items—including clothing, toiletries, calling cards, CD player, and playing cards—designed to make their hospital stay more comfortable. They are provided to severely wounded service members arriving at military trauma centers. Smaller versions of the WWP, known as Transitional Care Packs, are sent directly to Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate comfort during a warrior’s relocation to the U.S. military trauma center.
Wounded Warrior Legislation—Grassroots Action Needed!
WWP’s top priority this year is to win enactment of legislation establishing a national family- caregiver assistance program. This legislation at last offers these families, who have sacrificed so much, the promise that some of their own basic needs – including respite, health coverage, counseling, and modest financial assistance – will be met. These are critical to ensure that these families will be able to sustain their critical caregiving of our wounded veterans. Contact your legislators to encourage their support of Senate Bill—S.801 and House Bill—H.R. 3155. For more information, log onto www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.
The Heart of a Marine Foundation
The Heart of a Marine Foundation provides comfort, support, financial assistance, and educational resources to improve the quality of life of military personnel and veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
Walking Tall Project
Born out of need to reduce the amount of hand irritants and blisters due to wood/metal hook hand grips an orthopedic hand grip and adjustable staff were designed for those needing assistance with walking canes. These orthopedic canes provide aid and comfort to those who have been injured and need additional assistance in mobility. Canes are available in "right" and "left" handed models. Please contact the Heart of a Marina Foundation if you, a family member, veteran, or someone you know in the military is in need of an orthopedic cane. The Foundation will be honored to send one to you without cost. This information was taken from the Heart of a Marine’s webpage; visit www.HeartOfAMarine.org for more information.
Aphasia is a loss of the ability to produce and/or comprehend language, due to injury to the brain. Brain damage can be caused by traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other head injuries. Aphasia interactive software has been developed to simulate the use of the brain through repetition. The Heart of a Marine Foundation is committed to assisting VA hospitals and rehab facilities that serve our veterans receive the best tools for treatment. The vision of the Foundation is to provide computers and Aphasia software to trauma units within Veteran Administration Hospitals nationwide. For more information contact The Heart of a Marine Foundation, PO Box 1732, Elk Grove Village, IL. 60007, via phone at 847/621-7324 or by visiting their website, www.HeartOfAMarine.org.
Operation: Military Kids
Operation: Military Kids is an initiative designed to provide support to the children of families that are impacted by the Global War on Terrorism. This includes both those children served by Army installations and those who are geographically dispersed. Building upon their 10 year collaboration to support youth development programs, 4-H and Army Child and Youth Services are not placing special emphasis on supporting the children of National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.
Participating states in Operation: Military Kids initiative are charged with accomplishing the following: creating community support networks for military youth "in their own backyards" when soldier parents are deployed; delivering recreational, social and educational programs for military youth living in civilian communities; supporting military kids coping with the stress of knowing their deployed parent may be in harms way; and educating the public on the impact of the deployment cycle of soldiers for families, children, and the community as a whole. For more information on Operation: Military Kids contact: Mr. Darrin Allen, AYDP Youth Development Coordinator at 703/602-4235, or Darrin.Allen@HQDA.Army.mil; or Your State 4-H Military Liaison at www.USDA-Army-YDP.org/Contact.html.
Scholarships for Military Children
The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children. Freedom Alliance has established a permanent Trust Fund to aid the children of these brave Americans so that we will be able to help the children of American Heroes when it is their turn to attend college.
For more information contact: Freedom Alliance, 22570 Markey Court, Suite 240, Dulles, VA 20166, by calling 800/475-6620, or through their website, www.FreedomAlliance.org.
"Medical Home" is a term to describe the need for an overriding, supervisory standard of medical care for all patients. Since Military Kids tend to move frequently, a Medical Home ensures that their records move with them and their care supervision isn’t interrupted.
For more information contact www.MedicalHomeInfo.org/About/Index.html.
» Soldiers Angels: www.SoldiersAngels.org.
» Sew Much Comfort: www.SewMuchComfort/org.
»Fisher House: www.FisherHouse.org.
» USA Cares: www.USACares.org.
No matter how you and your club decide to participate in the Citizenship in Action Program, remember to report your activities.