Oct 17, 2014

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED! Author and CBS This Morning contributor Lee Woodruff will be the keynote speaker Oct. 17 at The Home Front Cares’ tenth annual military appreciation dinner, “For the Love of Our Troops X.”  This year’s event will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, in Broadmoor Hall at The Broadmoor.

As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and ensure their families receive the long-term care that they need and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.

Woodruff is a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning, commenting on a variety of home, current events, and family-related topics. Her best-selling book, Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel, Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best-seller and won the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction.  

“We are honored to have Lee join us this year,” said April Speake, executive director of The Home Front Cares. “She has a special gift for putting the issue of TBI and the struggles of today’s veterans in a context that everyone can understand.”

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First Wednesdays at Freddy’s

Apr 25, 2014

The first Wednesday of every month, Freddy’s is the place to eat in Colorado Springs if you want to benefit The Home Front Cares!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurants in Colorado Springs donates 10 percent of sales to THFC from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month throughout the year. Participating Freddy’s locations include the following:

  • 511 Garden of the Gods Rd
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907
  • 5825 Stetson Hills Blvd
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920
  • 15778 Jackson Creek Pkwy
    Monument, CO 80132

“Freddy’s hopes to raise a combined $10,000 for The Home Front Cares in 2014,” said Jesse Ferner, General Manager of the Freddy’s in Stetson Hills. “The original Freddy is a highly decorated veteran of WWII and we are honored to lend a hand to our local heroes.”

In addition, Freddy’s provides THFC with free meal vouchers, which we distribute to our referral agencies so they can give them directly to wounded and disabled veterans. “Community support like this means so much to us,” said April Speake, executive director of THFC. “We expect the needs of our veterans to grow in 2014 as more soldiers leave the service.”

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Veterans finding their niche in the workforce

Apr 24, 2014

Today, as more veterans are younger when coming back from war, they are looking to use their skills in a job in the civilian world .  Even though the two worlds are very different, many are able to find transferable skills.  This may involve going to a university or other programs that offer assistance in helping to adapt their skills. Many, such as in this article, are finding ways to become a part of current technology and contribute to the changing world.  While veterans know what they were trained to do and how to do it overseas in wartime, knowing how to transfer these skills an adapt them to a different situation is valuable. For any veterans out there, how have you been able to transfer your skills back to civilian life?

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Caring for Returning Heroes: Seeing Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg

Apr 24, 2014

The prominent place that the military community plays in Colorado means that returning troops are often on our mind. We witness the joyous images of deployed troops being reunited with their families with relief, happiness, and gratitude.  And yet, as the number of returnees grows, so does the need for help among those who have served. While we’re overjoyed that these troops are back safely, their return is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a bigger issue facing them—and all of us. To what, exactly, are these people returning? The world is about to change for many of our returning troops. A recent story reported that the Pentagon is aiming to create a smaller, more agile military. And for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Defense Department may force members of the military out of the services. Many who had planned to make the military their career will find themselves transitioning from military life to civilian life instead—and that’s not always an easy transition to make. In May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the national unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2%, but the unemployment rate for young veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan spiked to 12.7% — more than 4 percentage points higher than the national average. And according to a May 24, 2012 article, there are 21,000 unemployed veterans in Colorado. Despite efforts to encourage the hiring of veterans, many of those who served our country in the military aren’t just slipping into new jobs. They may be coming back to their families—but many are finding that the means they had to support those families are no longer available to them. While the military may provide some benefits for those who leave the service, there is often a gap between leaving military employment and the beginning of those benefits. It’s a gap many military families can’t bridge on their own. That’s why the help that The Home Front Cares provides is so essential. The financial “bridge” support they offer can buy a military family the time they need to begin that difficult transition back to the home front they have been protecting. We see our troops coming home—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of challenges “below the waterline” that we aren’t seeing. And those challenges won’t disappear when the last troops arrive back from Afghanistan. Coming home happens fairly quickly. Building a new life takes a little more time. As defenders, our troops stood in front of us. As members of the home front, we need to stand behind them now. This is their home front as well. Mike Smith is the owner of mikeWordSmith and a volunteer with The Home Front Cares.

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Veterans in need

Oct 27, 2013

We always see events working to send care packages overseas to our deployed military men and women and we note the importance of encouraging them while they are so far away from home.  We don't deny this is important but we also want to highlight the increasing need of encouragement right here in our backyard. Veterans who have returned home are in a difficult limbo phase where they are both processing their deployment experience (first or maybe third time) while also hitting the ground running trying to get caught up on life and be back in the loop of helping their families and finding work. This challenge can be difficult and many do not have the support they need from friends and family or feel bad about asking since they are supposed to be strong from serving their country.  We want you to know that these people are in need and we can show them our love and support every day.  You can support them financially by donating to The Home Front Cares or by educating yourself on the issues facing veterans of all ages.

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The Home Front Cares HAS NOT FORGOTTEN

Sep 11, 2013

Today, on the 12th Anniversary of 9/11 - when our Nation was attacked by  terrorists - I am comforted by the fact that The Home Front Cares has not forgotten.  We remember what America stands for, the Heroes who perished on that day, and those who answered the call to defend the freedoms we cherish. How do we show this?  We stand by our service members, veterans and military families who have deployed in harm's way since 9/11 and who now face financial challenges. Last fiscal year alone, The Home Front Cares granted support to 358 service members, veterans and military families in OUR Colorado communities who needed a financial bridge to get them through to a better place.  We granted over a HALF MILLION DOLLARS in direct support - to your community and mine - to prevent homelessness, turn on utilities, and provide hope for a better tomorrow. Please show our Heroes that YOU have not forgotten.  As you enjoy your freedoms and blessings, donate to The Home Front Cares - today.

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Don't lose your fervor

Aug 27, 2013

Last Wednesday, at The Home Front Cares (THFC) Board meeting, we had a sobering discussion about Veteran suicide, and the results of the "Senator Bennet's Panel on Veteran Suicide 2013" report, in which our own board member, Dennis McCormack, participated. When asked if THFC has any relation to/impact on this issue, Dennis replied that he believes so.  We may not be able to measure or "prove" that our support has a positive impact on veteran suicide - but think about this:  If THFC helps a veteran pay for car repairs - the veteran may not lose his job due to transportation issues - thus, the veteran may not lose his home due to lack of employment - thus, the veteran may not lose his family due to homelessness - thus the veteran may not feel so despondent and alone as to commit suicide. We currently ask clients to complete a survey about their assistance from THFC - more than one has mentioned feeling anxious, fearful, worried and even suicidal prior to our assistance.  They have also used words like "hopeful" and "thank you" in regard to our support. Last fiscal year alone, THFC assisted 358 clients (more than 1/day) and their families.  We distributed OVER a half million dollars in direct support to Service Members, Veterans and their families - all in our Colorado communities.  Most of this support helped our clients avoid homelessness and keep the lights on.  Most of these clients have children.  Most of these clients live near you and I.  Please don't loose your fervor for what we are able to do.  You may never know whose life you helped save today.  A life that stepped up to protect yours, and mine, after 9/11.

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Already serving their country, they become citizens

Aug 22, 2013

The title of this post is also the title of an article detailing the experience of a Fort Carson soldier, Carlos Lauchu, from Panama that was being sworn into the United States as a citizen. He was very nervous but glad that he could be a part of a country and serve it.  He has many goals after making it through his first deployment this fall. We love seeing new people being welcomed to this country willing to fight for a nation they barely know with goals and hopes for the future.  Several other countries were included in the group receiving citizenship during the ceremony such as Belize, Germany and Nigeria, among others.

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Overwhelming Support

Aug 05, 2013

With all the events coming up to support The Home Front Cares, it is encouraging to see the growth this organization is experiencing.  We are now listed on Great NonProfits for people looking to support a reputable organization.  This is a great first step in reaching more people and spreading the passion and goals of our company. We also have a lot of great events coming up for anyone to support and attend to share their love for what we do!  From golf tournaments to dinners to 5k races, all manner of events are being held to support us and we love meeting people who share our passion for the military and what they do for our country. Keep an eye out for more events on our site and social media sites!

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