Since 2005, the Families of the Wounded Fund has provided generous financial assistance, as well as emotional and practical information, to those families and caregivers who are at the bedsides of their severely wounded loved ones. Doctors say that the presence of a loved one dramatically improves their recovery and contributes greatly to the healing process. Our community-based mission is primarily focused at McGuire Veterans Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, and Fort Belvoir Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. McGuire is a top treatment center for head and spinal cord injuries and the Polytrauma Unit excels in providing the multi-faceted care necessary for patients with multiple serious injuries. Fort Belvoir focuses on treatment and rehabilitation for severe PTSD sufferers. In previous wars, wounded service members were treated close to home. Today, care is given by the very best center possible, regardless of location. Many of the combat-wounded soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are treated at these hospitals and the impact is felt across the nation by military families representing all branches of the service. Family caregivers often travel far from home and stay for weeks, and frequently months, to assist in the care and support of their loved ones. They incur a variety of out-of-pocket expenses while the bills, in many cases, pile up back home. Our support enables many families to extend their stay at the bedside of their wounded loved one. Thanks to the generous and long-standing support of Village Bank in Midlothian, Virginia, the Fund has no overhead expenses. With a dedicated staff of volunteer board members, most of whom have served in the military, we are able to ensure that 100% of donations and net proceeds from our events is disbursed to these deserving families.
Our mission is very simple. We raise funds and make cash grants to the families upon arrival. They do not have to apply and the only paperwork facing the families is a signed receipt. Since we began operations, the McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Virginia has increased its capacity in the polytrauma unit from 8 beds to 28 beds and Fort Belvoir has opened new facilities to provide for the treatment of PTSD. If our fundraising is successful, we will continue to serve the new families that arrive with their wounded loved ones. We would also like to continue to offer additional help to some families which we have assisted previously, who have endured life-changing injuries, such as paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, limb amputations, etc. As the war continues, so will the wounded. Our Board of Directors will continue to raise public awareness of the needs of the families of wounded through speaking engagements, fundraising events and seeking to earn grants.
In 2005, two of our founding members happened upon a family whose loved one had been wounded in Iraq. He was receiving medical treatment at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. It was after this chance meeting that a small group of veterans realized there was an unmet need and decided to raise money for the sole purpose of providing immediate assistance to the FAMILIES of active duty service men and women seriously wounded in combat operations or in the line of duty... hence, the FAMILIES OF THE WOUNDED FUND, INC. In 2006, the Fund incorporated and achieved 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service.
Our Board has determined that the Families of the Wounded Fund will operate with no overhead expenses and will distribute 100% of donated funds and net fund raising revenue to our beneficiaries. To do this requires significant time and effort from our board members to get our message in front of potential donors. We have provided more than 500 cash grants to families of severely combat wounded military members over the last 10 years and have been able to maintain our no-overhead promise. Whether helping a young wife with small children to be able to spend time at her husband's bedside or helping a parent to remain away from home for weeks at a time to be with an adult child who is undergoing major medical treatment, we take enormous satisfaction in succeeding in our purpose of helping those whose need is so much greater than ours. "We raise money and we give it away!"
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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