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… Reminded all runners out there (and donors!) that The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon is just around the corner. There are fundraisers to fund and races to run! Check out where you can do both here.
… Wished an all around great guy – and even greater veteran advocate – Gary Sinise a very Happy Birthday on March 17th. A day which we hope all you Irish and Irish at heart celebrated with plenty of green cheer (responsibly, course)!
… Were honored by Mitch Albom’s SAYDetoit generous donation to Veterans Matter’s Operation Michigan. You can read more on that here.
… Gave head up to all golf lovers, and Veterans Matter supporters, that the Marathon Classic LPGA Tournament will be Ohio this summer and all ticket proceeds (when designated at time of purchase) will go to a charity of your choice (hint, Veterans Matter, hint). Purchase yours at a local Kroger today!
If you wondered why a best-selling author, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician would spend at least a third of his waking hours – and millions of dollars of cash, time, and energy to serve others here and abroad, you need to go no further than this:
Since Mitch and Chad funded the start up of Operation Michigan in 2014, they were joined with funds raised by Katy Perry, Kid Rock, Michigan Exchange Clubs, and an incredible Michigan company, First Nation Group/Jordan Reses. All together these funds have now housed 267 Michigan Veterans.
… Started sales of Disco tickets – and SOLD OUT of Gold Tables in 16 minutes! There are still Silver Tables available and General Admission goes on sale April 15th! This is going to be an event to remember – so make sure you are a part of this groovy cause to help house homeless veterans!
… Became a Charity Partner for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. The race is April 23rd – sign up here and become a fundraiser for Veterans Matter!
… Announced the Color for Camo Walk/Run happening May 13th! Veterans Matter is the beneficiary for this Fun Run! Come out and let’s get colorful! Sign up Here.
We are excited to tell you that you have helped housed nearly 1,400 homeless in 14 states. However, our veterans served this country and are still on the streets and in cars or shelters – it is our turn, as a country, to serve them. Get involved today!
What? The 2nd Annual Denny Schaffer Summer Disco Party to benefit Veterans Matter!
When? June 23rd 8:00PM-12:00AM
Where? Hensville Park
Why? To help house even more homeless veterans. And so you can pull that polyester suit out of storage, of course!
Table tickets are on sale today – March 1st, at 9:00AM! Just visit www.veteransmatter.org/disco for more information and availability.
If you are from out of town – or just want to “take the elevator home,” – stay at the Park Inn for the night! Tell them “Disco” for a reduced party price.
General Admission Tickets will go on sale April 15th.
Shelly and David Miller of Miller Photography are a husband and wife team from McMinnville, Tennessee who shot the National Exchange Club’s 2017 Veterans Calendar. Both are experienced photographers; Shelly has 18 years under her belt and David has 27 years.
Not only are they gifted photographers, they are also avid supporters of the military community.
“Veterans seem to be an under-served group in our country. We wanted to bring the stories of our local veterans to our community while raising money for Veterans Matter,” David said.
Thank you Shelly and David for joining the Veterans Matter team and advocating on behalf of homeless veterans and their families, we appreciate you!
… wished one of our generous celebrity advocates, Kid Rock, a very happy birthday!
… received a donation of $7,500 from the Northwest Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association.
… started alerting those that live in our hometown of Toledo, OH that the Marathon Classic LPGA will be happening this summer and tickets are on sale now at area Krogers! 100% of ticket prices will
go to a designated charity – of which Veterans Matter is one! Tickets available online as well.
… continued to celebrate our 1300+ veterans housed. Our newest operation,Operation Oregon, is up to 4 veterans housed. Operation Washington just hit 50 yesterday!
… wished supporter and homeless vet advocate, John Rich, of Big & Rich a very Happy Birthday!
… awarded the 2016 Veterans Matter Advocate of the Year to Jeff Young. Read more here.
… thanked Exchange Club of Houston for their generous donation and fundraising efforts of $5,500.
… encouraged our friends to learn more by signing up for Advocate Updates.
Veterans Matter proudly announces the 2016 “Advocate of the Year” award is presented to Jeffry Young. He is being honored for his tireless efforts in support of Veterans Matter’s mission to house homeless veterans and veterans’ families with children in his community, state and nation. Mr. Young, a veteran himself, is a National Exchange Club of Lawrence, Indiana member and Region 7 National Exchange Regional Vice President. Drafted into the US Army a month after graduating from college, Jeff proudly served in the Georgia National Guard as a combat medic during the Viet Nam era.
Ken Leslie, Advocate-In-Chief of Veterans Matter stated, “Jeff Young’s passion and hard work for housing homeless veterans and their families is incomparable. Jeff is a true advocate for our nation’s heroes. His work with the National Exchange Club/Veterans Matter partnership is unparalleled. We are honored to have Jeffry Young as the first recipient of the “Advocate of the Year” award.”
Referring to the National Exchange Club/Veterans Matter partnership, Mr. Young said, “Almost every person in America knows or has a family member who has served this country. I see the need to let them know that 39,000 Veterans are still homeless! Veterans Matter is an opportunity to share the plight of our homeless veterans through Exchange Clubs nationwide and to work with those members of our community who want to help our veterans!”
… ended 2016 with a very Merry Christmas for a veteran and his family. The holidays, and winter in general, can be one of the more urgent times of the year for us to house veterans. The community really came together for this veteran and his family. Read the story here.
… rang in the New Year! Happy 2017 to all of our advocates!
… shared the presentation of a Veterans Matter Honor Bond to Financial Center Sr. VP, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Daniel Kavanaugh by National Exchange Club Regional VP Jeff Young. Thank you Financial Center for your sponsorship and support!
… opened up Operation Oregon with an anonymous donation of $25,000!! Three veterans have been housed to date.
… gave our Twitter followers ideas to #BeTheirAdvocate.
… now have housed 1,300 veterans!!
… encouraged our advocates to take advantage of the donation matching by Jordan Reses Supply Co. Every dollar you donate will be doubled to help house homeless veterans. That offer still stands, double your kindness here.
… started following Veterans Matter’s very own Veronica Mora on the multi-state convoy
with Wreaths Across America to place wreaths on the graves at Arlington National
Cemetery. You can read more on this blog.
… went to lunch at Sunset Bistro in Bowling Green, OH to support Veterans Matter. What a remarkable restaurant with so much heart! If you’re ever in Bowling Green – look them up! I hear their Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich is awesome!
… wished the National Guard a Happy 380th Birthday. Yeah. That’s a long time to be around. Thank you National Guard for your service!
… successfully housed 10 more veterans this week, see which Operations are making sure our heroes are housed – tonight!
Veterans Matter’s very own Veronica Mora is currently en route to Arlington as part of the annual Wreaths Across America convoy. As a Gold Star wife, Veronica is among many others who are on this pilgrimage to remember, honor our veterans and teach others the importance.
We will be posting photos and updates from her journey to lay wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit that, over the years, has been providing and laying wreaths at veterans’ graves across the nation. To learn more about how it all began, read more here.
Today was a perfect example of how people are placed in our lives for a reason, nothing is chance. Our shuttle driver from the hotel to the airport car rental office was not only a Vietnam Veteran but also has been involved with the Wreaths Across America convoy for the past 7 years. Unfortunately, he won’t be part of the festivities this year due to family obligations.
Frank, aka “Spider”, shared with us how Wreaths Across America has been his salvation against his inner demons. “Placing the wreaths on those graves at Arlington brought me to my knees. For the first time in a long time I was at peace for coming home when my brothers didn’t.” What should have been a quick 5 minute car ride turned into a nearly half hour conversation, complete with tears and hugs.
Thank you Frank for sharing your story with us.
Been up since 4:30AM and the day is still full of activities!
Started the morning placing a wreath alongside Gold Star families at Quoddy Point, the Easternmost point in the United States. From there we went to a Calais High School and had breakfast afterwards we placed another wreath at the local college.
O Canada! We trekked over to the US – CANADIAN border bridge and walked arm in arm together with the Gold Star Mothers and presented wreaths to the Silver Cross families of Canada. The Silver Cross families are the Canadian equivalent of Gold Star families. I met Laurie and Donny who lost their son in Afghanistan in 2007.
Now, on to the next adventure of the day!
Veronica stopped in at the National Wreaths Across America Museum and Headquarters in Columbia Falls, ME before heading to a pre-dinner fireworks show.
Day 3 – Ellsworth, Maine
Wreaths Across America Convoy officially started at 8 am!
The convoy will travel through a total of 10 states and the District of Columbia, to reach Arlington, VA on December 16th.
The Kennebunk Elementary School Choir came in to sing for the Wreaths Across America convoy despite having no classes due to snow. Oh my goodness they were cute!
Patriotism is alive and well here in Kennebunk, Maine. It’s below freezing (31°) and everything is covered in snow, yet our convoy is greeted by throngs of people lining the streets.
[1:31 PM EST] Hellllloooo New Hampshire!
[11:45 AM EST] Here was my morning ride, Wreaths Across America Chevrolet Camero. I loved every minute!
Looks like Veronica and convoy have made it to Connecticut – and what a patriotic ride!
[7:51 PM EST] Start spreading the news… New York! New York!
[3:57 AM EST] Why have I been awake since 0345? Because the Wreaths Across America Convoy is going to West Point!
Rest assured that pictures will come soon.
[7:43 AM] Unforgettable sunrise service, breathtakingly beautiful to be surrounded by such valor.
[1:32 PM EST] New Jersey
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Look at that beautiful arch!
Another successful year for Wreaths Across America, over 200,000 wreaths placed upon the graves at Arlington National Cemetery of those who have served our nation. While this convoy from Maine to Virginia was the one we followed this year, there were thousands of other volunteers and family member laying wreaths upon graves across the country. We thank you all for your time and honor those that have fallen. Let us remember those who have served and look to the future for those that are still with us. A big thanks to Veronica Mora for taking us on this journey.
… housed 10 more veterans – check out our new map!
… listened to Ken Leslie talk about 1matters on the radio here:
… remembered those lost on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
… reminded you to double you donation power with the Jordan Reses Supply Co. match! Let’s bring twice as many vets inside for the winter – donate here.
… shared our Black Friday Deal – House two vets for the price of one – thanks to Jordan Reses Supply Co, matching all donations (up to $200,000). Good news for you – the deal is still on!!
… thanked Sunset Bistro in Bowling Green for their generous holiday donations and gift-giving.
… reminded everyone to give back on #GivingTuesday!
… housed 19 more veterans!
… are thinking about bustin’ a move at tonight’s 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Dance Fever Party benefiting local Toledo, OH charities, including Veterans Matter.