DAV Charitable Service Trust Aids Homeless Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Thursday, 2 May 2002

The Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust is helping build better lives for homeless veterans in Florida, Indiana, and Wisconsin by providing much-needed financial support for programs offering vital assistance to these needy veterans.

"DAV's Charitable Service Trust is eager to help homeless veterans who once honorably served our nation and the defense of liberty," said Chairman Richard E. Marbes. "We are doing all we can to help restore the lives of homeless veterans and their families and return them to productive lives."

The Charitable Service Trust awarded a $45,000 grant to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind., to help the operation of the Foundation's Service Center, which serves as a drop-in facility providing food, transportation, shower facilities, clothing, and referrals to community service programs for homeless veterans in Indiana. The Foundation's mission is to provide supported, structured transitional housing to homeless veterans and to ensure their successful independent living in their communities.

The Trust made a $35,000 grant to the Brown County Chapter of the Armitage, Inc., in Land O' Lakes, Wisc., for transitional housing in DePere, Wisc. The Armitage serves as both a transitional housing and an information and assistance center for homeless and economically disadvantaged veterans in Wisconsin. It provides housing with meals while helping transition veterans into their own permanent housing and employment.

Volunteers of America of Florida in Tampa, Fla., received a $5,000 Charitable Service Trust grant to help provide acute intervention and long-term case management for homeless veterans in rural areas of the state. Under the program, homeless veterans receive immediate assistance of food and clothing, health screening and assessment, veterans benefits counseling, housing and services referrals, short-term counseling, and crisis intervention, if needed.

"The DAV has made a promise regarding homeless veterans," Mr. Marbes said, "and that is that we do not leave our wounded behind. That means we will never abandon the men and women who honorably served our nation only to fall upon hard times."

"We are very pleased to be able to support these programs and projects which are of such great benefit to disabled veterans and their families," Mr. Marbes said. "The DAV's spirit and legacy of veterans helping veterans is fulfilled every day thanks to the generosity of those who contribute to the DAV Charitable Service Trust through workplace campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign and the United Way."

The million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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