This summer, several members of the Hope For The Warriors® staff met to discuss one of our important programs, Immediate Needs. As they discussed the program and the military families that we assist through this program, several things became clear. First, our military families continue to struggle financially as they deal with physical and psychological combat wounds. And second, that the name of the program does not really describe all the assistance that is given through this program.
For this reason, we have renamed the program: Critical Care Coordination. Under this umbrella, program coordinators continue to work with military families to address immediate and emergency financial needs. However, coordinators also work with the Department of Veteran Affairs, the military unit, medical professionals, the Department of Defense, and other nonprofit organizations.
By working with other agencies and nonprofits, we strive to not just help with emergency needs. Often, we connect with the family during times of transition: newly injured, transitioning out of the military, or loss of jobs due to injuries. Our ultimate goal is to pinpoint solutions that will help the family today and in the future.
In August alone, Hope For The Warriors® provided more than $75,000 in support through the Critical Care Coordination program. The chart shows how those dollars were spent. (Click on the chart to enlarge view.) Rent and mortgage payments topped the list in August as it does most months, followed by food. During the most stressful times, we strive to keep these military families in their homes with food on the table.
Many of the smaller, miscellaneous expenses were spent to support families who are relocated temporarily to military medical facilities to be near a wounded service member. This transition can be a financial burden to families during a critical time in a service member’s recovery. Support is granted to alleviate stress from these families and allow them to focus on the medical needs of the service member.
To learn more about this program, please visit the Critical Care Coordination website page.