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Singer Bret Michaels visits Wounded Warriors in San Antonio

bretmichaelsSAN ANTONIO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Singer Bret Michaels (center left) met with wounded warriors at Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio this week. The legendary musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist visited the transitional housing facility to thank, support and provide a voice for our wounded warriors.  (Also pictured, left, Operation Homefront Vice President Dino Sarracino; center right, wounded warrior Kenny Walker; right, wounded warrior Stephen Jackel.)

With Village communities in the San Antonio, Oceanside, Calif. and the Washington, D.C. areas, transitional housing through Operation Homefront Villages constitutes a vital program for wounded warriors and their families as they undergo rehabilitation and transition from military to civilian life.  Each furnished apartment – including the cost of financial counseling and other transition programs for residents – costs more than $15,000 per year.  This program is made possible by generous contributions from individual donors, corporate foundations and partners. No federal money supports the Village program.

operationhomefrontOperation Homefront Village allows these service members to live rent-free with their families while they go through the transition and rehabilitation process. Upon placement in OH Village, Operation Homefront counselors will set up a schedule that includes support groups, workshops, benefits briefings, and resume-writing classes. Once they have become self-sufficient, Operation Homefront will help them find suitable housing in the area they intend to live on a permanent basis.  Michaels’ visit was on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Veteran organization refuses Christian school’s donation

After ponying up a $100 fee for the ability to raise money for the nationwide Wounded Warrior Project, staff members of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Florida were stunned to receive an email declining their effort.

Claiming the group could not accept donations from the fundraiser described as “religious in nature,” the WWP passed up funding needed to provide outreach services as well as the chance for students in the school to feel the joy of helping out the organization.

The church’s pastor said everyone involved was “heartbroken,” noting fundraising organizers “had to tell our children and parents we can’t give to the Wounded Warrior Project.”

He said the incident has made them feel like “second-class citizens now because we are people of faith.”

The news came as such a shock the school secretary contacted the non-profit organization to make sure the original email was accurate. To the dismay of those hoping to donate, including about 460 students in the academy, a WWP representative upheld the group’s previous refusal to accept any proceeds.

According to the pastor, organizers expected to collect up to $50,000 for the group, noting he was forced to break the news to his congregation in “one of the saddest letters I have ever had to write.”
One sixth-grade teacher said her class was so anxious to give to the cause many had already forfeited their lunch money, adding one class had raised $400 before the fundraiser had even officially begun.
Sadly, we will never know how successful this effort would have been since, as the pastor explained in his letter to congregants and parents, “we … are being discriminated against.”

All money already donated was returned to the donors, he said, and the search continues for another veterans organization – hopefully one that would actually accept the generous donations of selfless students.
WWP refunded the church’s registration fee, effectively ending any relationship between the two entities, and parents say they are left with the unenviable task of explaining the situation to their children.
“We teach that our country was founded for religious freedom,” one parent said. “and then to find out that we couldn’t even support the Wounded Warriors because we are Christians – it was hard to explain to them.”

With so many charities already firmly in the leftist camp, it is extremely disappointing that a veterans services group would join them in derision toward faith-based donors.

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TASC Employees Raise $14,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project

CHANTILLY, Va., May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Employees of TASC, Inc. marked Memorial Day with a fundraising picnic for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project.  With support from other local businesses and a corporate match from TASC, employees raised $14,000.00.

“As we get ready for the official start of summer on Memorial Day, it can be easy to forget the harsh reality that there are men and women who are right now in harm’s way, and thousands more who have lost their lives for America,” says David Langstaff, president and chief executive officer of TASC.  “We are very proud to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project and help support our soldiers who sustain injuries in the line of duty.”

The fundraiser was organized by the TASC Young Professionals Society.  Co-sponsors include:  Award Store & More, Baja Fresh, Cici’s Pizza, Corner Bakery Cafe, Costco (Westfields), Cupcakes Actually, Duke Realty, El Fresco, Eurest Dining, FastSigns, Fosters Grill, Great Harvest Bread Co., Paisano’s Pizza, Red, Hot, and Blue, Wegmans and Windows Catering.

To support the Wounded Warrior Project, go to http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.