Growing up in a military family, you see service men and women as figures that are “larger-than-life”. They’re patriots, family members, heroes and warriors. Behind the uniform however, they’re people that face the same everyday challenges that we face, as well as challenges that most of us can’t understand on a fundamental level. The drama and conflict we’ve only seen in blockbuster war movies are things that they’ve had to experience and endure in real life (and remember many of them do so before they even are 20 years old).

After their service, these people are expected to come back to the States and adapt back to civilian life. These veterans must integrate into whatever college they choose to attend, or whatever company that hires them. Many people can relate to the awkward experience of being in a new place and not knowing anyone there. That uncomfortable feeling of being out of place and not knowing where to start or what to do. That is what many vets have to struggle with, on top of any financial, psychological or physical burdens they have to return home with. This is why I was so intrigued when I came across The Home Front Cares.

On the surface level, The Home Front Cares provides an “emergency financial bridge” to support military members and their families. After more exploration and talks with the people who actually are a part of the organization, I realized they were so much more than that. Their goal isn’t to give handouts, it’s to do good, provide value, and increase the quality of living of the service members they work with. Coming from a military community, and as a Financial Advisor, I know how important of a role finances can play in the overall happiness a person has in their life. That is why I was very excited to hear that The Home Front Cares is developing more programs to help veterans to succeed in education/college, business, and life in general. They want to help veterans and service members from all generations, and I think by doing so they will have a greater impact on the community as a whole.

You can’t solve every problem by throwing money at it, but The Home Front Cares is dedicated to improving the lives of the people they serve and are shifting their focus to work towards completing that mission. That is why I support The Home Front Cares, and if you are looking to get involved with an organization that will actually have an impact in the community, you should too.

Brent S. | Financial Advisor

Photo by Benjamin Faust on Unsplash

America’s warriors are more than just soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines - they are servants of a nation.  The Home Front Cares is proud to serve these brave men and women who have put their very lives between us and those who threaten our freedom.

Did you know that VA Disability benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the primary form of disability benefits, do not affect one another? Veterans who were wounded on active duty can often qualify for both government-run programs at the same time. If you’re on VA disability and are in need of additional assistance, here is some additional information you may want to know about Social Security disability benefits:

Extraordinary Day at Sanctuary Supporting Veterans

Department of Defense officials notified the congressional oversight committees January 11th of their intent to open up the military exchange online shopping benefit to all honorably discharged veterans. On January 18th, a memorandum went out with guidance for the military departments to implement the program by November 11th. 

Back in 2009 The Home Front Cares expanded our services to the entire state, increasing the number of clients our case managers help on a daily basis. Here is an interview with one of our case managers about her work, cases, and opinions about THFC! 

Here at The Home Front Cares we have a lot to be thankful for this Holiday season. We wanted to identify the people we are most thankful for: 

To Our Veterans and Veteran Supporters,

At The Home Front Cares every day is Veteran’s Day. Every day our program staff and office manager are talking with clients, providing resource coordination, and cutting checks directly to creditors. Every day there are new stories about the challenges our veterans face that others cannot imagine: from benefit checks getting mailed to other countries and years of counseling for PTSD, to dishonest landlords taking advantage of potential renters.

Recently Military Times published the results of their annual survey and assessment of best places for veterans to live.  Within the large city category (cities with a population above 200,000) Colorado Springs came in third, just behind San Diego, CA and Virginia Beach, VA.

he Home Front Cares clients are veterans from all branches, all wars, and all situations: often they just need a little bit of help. THFC exists to prevent our clients from becoming homeless, losing their utilities and cars, and in doing so we provide hope for a better future. 

Searching for employment? Check out these upcoming job fairs for service members, veterans and military spouses! Our volunteer, Don Fulop, has even included website for convenience. If you know anyone who can use this information, please pass it on.

Here is Part II of our guest article by Jennifer McGregor on suicide 

In response to the recent announcement by the VA
(http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/07/07/veterans-suicides-young-men-women/86755132/) about the newly adjusted number of veteran suicides, here is an article written by pre-med student Jennifer McGregor. She highlights important information about veteran sucicide, warning signs, and how you can assist someone you suspect needs help.

By Rita Worster, THFC Board Member

 

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