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The American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.
Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs. The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies.
Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. An average of more than 9 million people a year receive Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
Military Warriors Support Foundation
Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, founded by Lt. General, Leroy Sisco, USA (Ret), in 2007. Their Mission is to provide support for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star Families as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. This is a very fragile time for these heroes, and their families, and it is the goal to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition. Programs include home donation, academic and employment assistance, as well as recreational activities.
Through Homes4WoundedHeroes, a homes donation program, MWSF awards 100% mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. This program is also available to Gold Star Spouses of Heroes who have fallen in combat. In addition to the home, each family receives three years of family and financial mentoring so that they may learn the skills necessary to become happy and successful homeowners. This program not only changes the lives of the hero and their family, but it also changes the lives of the generations that follow.
MWSF also proudly provides support to ALL veterans by offering them employment assistance. Through our CEOs4Heroes program, they have developed partnerships with several top-named companies who are committed to giving veterans good-paying, career-oriented, jobs. There are also education resource opportunities through the Education4Heroes program.
A new home has been given to a deserving veteran during the last five bowl games, courtesy of the Military Warrior Support Foundation
The Fort Worth Airpower Council
The Fort Worth Airpower Council (FWAPC) dates back to 1958 when General Curtis LeMay and Frank Kent, a local businessman, started the FWAPC supporting Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas. The FWAPC developed over the years as a 200-member organization and, in 1999 the Fort Worth Airpower Council created the Fort Worth Airpower Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation to raise money in support of our military and their families.
The magnitude of Sky Ball has grown to a National level, allowing more broad-based support. Over the past four years Sky Ball has raised more than $1.5 million dollars. This has allowed the FWAPF to contribute to many projects that directly support members of all branches of our military and their families through various contingency funds at the Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base and other programs. Also funded by Sky Ball proceeds are Heroes on the Water, Freedom Flight, Wounded Warriors Veteran's Day Weekend, Snowball Express, and many others. The Foundation prides itself on funding only those programs that directly benefit veterans, members of our military, Wounded Warriors and their families.
The Armed Services YMCA
The Armed Services YMCA of the USA runs more than 150 programs around the world to ease the burden of nearly 500,000 families of junior-enlisted military personnel each year. ASYMCA delivers free and low-cost programs through 14 Branches, 10 YMCA Affiliates, and 9 DOD Affiliates. To remain a top-rated, “exceptional charity” ( Charity Navigator 2011) ASYMCA relies on the program support of donors and over 10,000 volunteers each year to provide needed services to our military families nationwide.
For the Service Member:
ASYMCA programs aim to bring families closer together while at home and especially during deployment. Healthy families contribute substantially to the success of service members and the entire military, providing confidence and peace of mind. For the Spouse, Few people outside of military families can imagine the strain of worrying about a service husband or wife, especially one who is deployed. A vast array of ASYMCA programs help spouses of junior-enlisted learn life skills, care for children and even make ends meet.
For the Kids:
The children of deployed parents are the ones who suffer most; confusion, loneliness and depression are common. ASYMCA programs educate, entertain, stimulate and comfort young minds, helping them understand and cope with the absence of their parent.