Charities

NEVADA BENEFITS FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING CHARITIES

 

nevadagoldstarlogoNevada Gold Star Families

Nevada Gold Star Families was formed in September 2009 to honor our fallen heroes and to support the families they have left behind. It is our goal to support Gold Star Families from the time of their notification through the ensuing years. Support for Gold Star Moms, Dads, siblings and spouses includes sharing of stories, photos, and experiences.

Life after receiving “the folded flag” is never easy, and is different for every family.

Our Organization is there to listen, to share and to support each other in times of need and sadness. We are also there to celebrate the lives of our Heroes, so that they will never be forgotten. Our Motto is “Because Freedom is Not Free” – and we know the price more than most.

100% of all donations go directly to Nevada Gold Star Families, no administrative costs are ever paid for through donations. We use our donations to fund events that honor our Nevada fallen heroes. It is our goal that eventually all our Nevada Gold Star Families would be able to attend events of Remembrance in Washington, D.C., as well as to attend local events in Las Vegas and in Reno, without having to worry about travel expenses.

Disabled_Sports_USA_logo.svgsmallDisabled Sports USA

A national nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. DS/USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.

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The MarineParents.com web site is for parents (Moms and Dads), spouses, family and friends of our Marines and Recruits to gather for support during boot camp, training, active duty, floats, and deployments. All Marine and Recruit family members and friends are welcome to join. The mission includes for distinct areas: informing, connecting, sharing, and supporting. Including the following guiding principles: “a place to connect & share”, not allowing political issues, chat rooms or formats, allowing freedom of spiritual proclamations, support and prayer, believing in God, Family, Country and the United States Marine Corps., always faithful to the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Semper Fidelis.

Wounded_Warrior_Project_logo.svgWounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) was founded on the principle that veterans are our nation’s greatest citizens. The WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world.Many of the injuries are traumatic amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blast injuries that will retire these brave warriors from military service. From the battlefield to their bedside, WWP is there to meet the needs of our wounded heroes.

fisherhousesmalerlFisher House

Supporting America’s military in their time of need, they provide “a home away from home” that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House™ Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House™ Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses™ and help individual military families in need. Families and friends of patients at any of the military’s hospitals can now receive up-to-the-minute reports on a loved one by going to the patient’s own customized web page, thanks to new services provided through CaringBridge. We are also proud to administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman’s Own Award.

1433558753Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund

Children of Fallen Soldiers The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded, October 23, 2003 to help support surviving U.S. Military children who have lost a parent in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars by providing them with College Grants. Our College Grant Program has been expanded to include both U.S. Military children and spouses who have either lost a loved one as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq wars or have a disabled parent or spouse who was injured during a deployment to either war. Our second objective is to help the surviving members of these families with emergency funds, which is based on donations or fund raising activities held by others throughout the States. These funds will be awarded to applicants of U.S. Military families in the State that the funds were raised that have children under the age of 18, and who are in need of assistance with housing, utilities, medical expenses, groceries, clothing, school supplies and other expenses deemed necessary in order to provide them with some support and alleviate their need.

a4tflogoArmor 4 Troops Foundation

The primary mission of the Armor 4 Troops Foundation is to provide new and replacement “state-of-the-art” anti-ballistic eye wear, Under-Armour, personal gear, and other critical equipment and services directly to United States troops in the field that are currently engaged in war zones or other peacekeeping and humanitarian missions throughout the world where combat violence is a threat. Our secondary mission is to help provide financial assistance to families of our critically wounded troops that have been admitted to Walter Reed Hospital or Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C. for severe trauma treatment. We will also provide a variety of “after-care” services to our critically wounded troops that have sustained the loss of limb or eyesight.

social_mediaInjured Marine Semper Fi Fund

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund helps Marines, sailors, and their families meet their financial needs during difficult times. The Fund works closely with the Marine Corps, the Navy, and hospitals nationwide to identify and assess the needs of specific families. The application is easy to complete, the evaluation process is thorough, and assistance is typically delivered within 72 hours of the request.

ScreenHunter_07 Oct. 25 15.18The Armed Forces Relief Trust

The mission of the Armed Forces Relief Trust is to assist the military aid societies by providing a single vehicle to accept donations that will benefit the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. Examples of such assistance may include payment for a soldier’s airfare to fly home for his father’s funeral, a special reading program for a sailor’s daughter, special medical attention for a pilot’s expectant spouse, or college tuition for a soldier’s child. Click here to find out about their book “Our Navy-Marine Corps Team: DEFENDING FREEDOM

8301216814880648bb0d05cc61a8c7a0Snowball Express

Snowball Express has a simple mission, provide new memories and smiles to the faces of those children and surviving spouses of those fallen heroes since 9/11. They do this in several ways. The largest is an annual event in which all registered families are brought to California for an all expense paid weekend to visit Disneyland and other wonderful experiences with hundreds of other children and spouses. Described by Bill White, President, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund as the #1 charity for bringing smiles and hope to these children and families, it is in its second year and hopes to increase from the nearly 900 attendees last year to 1500 this year from Nov 29/30 – Dec 3. Additionally they also attempt to connect the families with local military and civilian service clubs in the family’s hometowns such as Rotary Clubs, Ladies Auxiliary VFW, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America to provide assistance as requested throughout the remaining part of the year. All funds derived from the sale of the bracelets will be used to pay for airfare and Disneyland tickets for the attendees. To sponsor a specific family or child from your area simply visit the website www.snowballexpress.org to learn more and send your questions to info@snowballexpress.org.

Nevada Benefits Foundation also provides assistance to other military charities by donating our Defending Freedom™ Wristbands for them to sell or keep. By making these contributions we are the one place that the families of the troops and the troops themselves know they can come to for support.