Since 2009, we’ve helped over 530 families with aid and direct financial assistance. With our extensive resources, HOW is able to provide key services such as emergency support for both soldiers and caregivers in financial distress. HOW also serves as a fellow of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation where we advocate for military caregivers. It’s our mission to act as a voice for both the caregiver and soldier. We champion their unique needs to congress, community organizations, and government agencies.
HOW’s Four Part Approach to Healing
Access to Federal, State and Private Assistance
The paperwork and standards that surround military disability benefits are complex and frustrating for many families. HOW has built a comprehensive list of government and private agencies, as well as individuals, in almost every state who provide services that include financial assistance, medical help, eligibility counseling, mental health, child care, and more.
Emergency and Crisis Support for Wounded Soldiers and Their Families
We have helped veterans who suffered misfortune in addition to their service related injury. A severely injured Marine and his family, who have an autistic child, had $117,000 in medical bills relating to their child, of which $20,000 was not covered by insurance. We were able to help them with a grant of $3,000. HOW has helped with emergency home and vehicle repairs, children’s medical bills, travel, and numerous other items. All donations are deeply appreciated and urgently needed.
Long-Term Caregiver and Patient Support
The emotional strain involved in providing 24/7 care for a severely injured soldier and the family’s children is hard to describe. However, we believe it is fair to say that the wives, husbands, children and parents of many soldiers who made a physical and emotional sacrifices in Iraq or Afghanistan are often being asked to make a lifetime sacrifice when their loved one returns home.
Many of the wounded soldiers we see are highly motivated individuals for whom being employed in a career for which they were trained is no longer possible. For those with major physical disabilities, many tasks are out of the question and even the most generous employer cannot place them. However, individuals with knowledge and drive may be excellent candidates for self-employment in an associated field or as entrepreneurs, and we see this as an area here we can provide valuable assistance.