This November 11th with the holiday season approaching consider the following. Did you know that military personnel who have deployed overseas since 2001 constitute approximately .05% of the total U. S. population of over 311 million? Here is something more surprising. Did you know that the 2010 US Census shows that less than 1% of the U.S. population is currently serving in uniform? This disproportionate ratio is due in part to the all-volunteer force. That said, it remains true that a majority of the population supports the military. However, there is a lack of understanding as to the challenges faced by military personnel and their families before, during, and after deployment.
Our core purpose at the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA) STAR Foundation is to improve the quality of life of the military service member. Many people think that our government completely covers the needs of our service members and their families after they leave active service. During my time in the military, I also believed that our government was capable of totally addressing the needs of our veterans by dealing with the physical and sometimes unchartered emotional scars of war. Unfortunately, that is not the case. After physical rehabilitation and/or counseling, disabled veterans or their families after the loss of a military member very often have a difficult time adapting and reintegrating back into mainstream society. Consider this:
- What does the future hold for a young soldier who is 25 and has lost both legs?
- Or to a young boy who has lost his father and still needs mentoring?
- A VA disability pension only goes so far and cannot possibly cover the needs of veterans wounded in combat or the challenges their families face day-in and day-out serving as caregivers.
- What would you do? I’m not sure most of us would know what to do.
However, there are charitable organizations operating in and around your communities at the “grass root” level on a “shoe-string” budget that have developed a successful business model capable of addressing the needs of many veterans and their families. But most often many lack the financial resources necessary to remain sustainable and pursue a long term mission impact in assisting veterans and their families…they need our help!
At the ASMBA STAR Foundation our focus remains on “building bridges” throughout our network of military charities that we’ve supported…no one else that I know does that! We “fill gaps” helping to re-integrate our wounded warriors and other veterans back into the mainstream of society. Our charter allows us to help other nonprofit military-centered charity organizations who lack the time and needed resources to focus on helping the military community. We know we’re “changing lives” because we’re addressing the needs of our veterans and their families that quite often go unmet.
Our goal remains to stay accountable to the people we serve and to the generous donors that have contributed to our “calling” to continue serving veterans and their families. Please consider visiting us online and making a secure donation. 100% of your donation will go directly toward making a difference in the lives of our heroes! Or, visit “Great Nonprofits” online at http://greatnonprofits.org/org/armed-services-mutual-benefit-association-asmba-star-foundation to find out more.
Click on the following 2 minute ASMBA STAR Foundation video in remembrance of Veterans Day!
To our men and women serving around the world and to our over 23 million veterans …Thank you for your service!