Loving Veterans To Life

November ’14 Updates


November and Thanksgiving have come and gone and it was a tremendous time for Valiant Veterans and the LiveLife Center with many things happening! We hope that you enjoyed Thanksgiving with your families and friends and to thank those who have served and continue to serve our country.

We are pleased to say that we kicked off the month raising needed items for a Vietnam Era veteran as well as a single dad in Oregon, collecting nearly $2,000 in items for them in just over 24 hours. New food, baby clothes, diapers, cleaning supplies, a computer and more were among the things donated to these incredible men and it was amazing to watch the outpouring of support for them from across the country.

From there, we quickly moved into our Vino for Vets Wine Tasting and had a great night at the historic Hebert Candy Mansion joined by an incredible corporate sponsor, Wegmans! Guests were able to sample various wines paired with cheeses and chocolates and were treated to homemade fudge and hand dipped chocolate strawberries as well as some incredible raffle prizes all to raise funds towards the purchase of the LiveLife Center. They also heard first hand our vision and mission and saw an incredible presentation filled with photos of the LiveLife Center and what and why we are establishing! We all had a fantastic time and we are looking forward to it next year!

Veterans Day:
Valiant Veterans hosted its 3rd annual coining ceremony thanking our veterans for all that they have sacrificed for our country. Whether they served in combat or were prepared and at the ready during peace time, we feel its important to recognize all who have served no matter when they served. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we were honored to thank some who have never heard the words “Thank you for your service!” We spent veterans day visiting with those who have served, handing out “GoBags” to those in need and bringing a much needed visit, food and household items to a Vietnam Era veteran who needed a hand up. Our team was very honored and humbled to have spent the day with such amazing men and women who have served their country.
Veterans Day
Our Operation Christmas Cards program began 5 years ago in 2009, to date sending 1.5 million cards. In 2012 we began a great relationship with the New England Patriots and their Charitable Foundation all in support of OCC. We were very honored to support them for the 3rd year in their efforts to recognize our service men and women and go above and beyond for those who have sacrificed so much for us. They are truly an organization that goes above and beyond for our troops and had a spectacular day to honor them! Our teams were humbled to set up during the VIP tailgate party in The Hall at Patriots place, Dana Farber Field House, both executive suites as well as the main concourse, giving fans and veterans alike the opportunity to make Christmas cards for our service men and women. So thankful for our incredible volunteers who joined us for the day helping make everything possible and especially thankful for LCpl Mike Shea and his entire family for all that they sacrifice, as well as all that they give back to our military families! Thank you to the Patriots for honoring our service men and women in such incredible fashion, and thank you to them for providing an incredible day for our volunteers as well!

The holidays are especially hard for many military families as many are deployed, or stationed away from family making this a lonely time of year. Many assume, that because military members are stateside that means they will be with family for the holidays and that is not always the case and for some families, finding the funds for this special meal is difficult. We are very thankful to have collaborated with our friends at Operation Ward 57 to provide holiday meals for 10 military families in need out in Washington feeding over 50! Out in California, our West Coast team, Christy, Juan and Midas did a tremendous job! Initially planning to feed 40 active duty Marines at Camp Pendleton who would not make it home, we are proud to say that they organized the feeding over 25 families with over 200+ active duty Marines and families in need! Donations came pouring in from across the country through Gunnars facebook page to make this possible as well as Christy’s hardwork in approaching companies such as Trader Joes who provided some of the turkeys needed. One of Gunnars fans even got the chance to meet Midas, when we put out the call asking if any lived near Camp Pendleton and could help… they brought¬†3 turkeys and some meal fixings!! From the East Coast to the West Coast this was truly a team effort made possible by the donations that came in from across the country to support our troops!
This program is off to an incredible start. 215 gifts were collected for veterans and military children and spouses as well as holiday gifts and care packages for 50 Marines and Soldiers who are deployed! We are working hard and in the process of collecting needed items to provide Holiday “GoBags” for over 300 homeless veterans that will be filled with essential items as well as some holiday goodies! These bags will be supporting those living at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston and given to various others through out the state. Our veterans should not be homeless, they should not be going without and they certainly should not be forgotten during the holidays. We are tremendously grateful for the donations that are coming in from across the country, the Christmas Cards that will fill each bag made at the Patriots Salute to Service game and to our generous donors and drop locations at Heberty Candies in Shrewsbury, Gibsons Natural Pet in Worcester, Gibsons Kennel in Grafton as well as Lunenburg Gulf in Lunenburg! To find out how you can help visit www.valiantveterans.org/holidays-for-heroes/

It has been a fantastic month supporting many of our military and we are looking to an even more incredible December with lots to share and lots happening! Be sure to follow us on facebook to keep up with all of our current events especially with exciting times ahead for service dog Corporal Gunnar as he readies for his Marine and service dog in training Scout as he continues to exceed all expectations of him. Valiant Veterans and the LiveLife Center continue connecting and meeting with incredible partners for the LiveLife Center including Milford Regional Hospital, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and we are greatly looking forward to our upcoming meetings with Raytheon and the Wounded Warrior program to discuss the ways in which we will impact our veterans together!

In your holiday and year end giving please remember that Valiant Veterans the LiveLife Center are in the midst of a very important Launching Campaign and we are in the process of raising $200,000 to purchase and launch the LiveLife Center! Visit www.valiantveterans.org/donations/ to contribute and to learn how to become a “Launching” or “Sustaining Partner” of the LiveLife Center.