National Coalition For Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 23-member board of directors – is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans also serves as the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress and the Executive Branch agencies charged with helping them succeed in their work. NCHV’s advocacy has strengthened and increased funding for virtually every federal homeless veteran assistance program in existence today.

Under a technical assistance grant awarded by the Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), NCHV provides guidance and information about program development, administration, governance and funding to all of the nation’s homeless veteran service providers. This is achieved through conferences, webinars, personal consultations, publications, and this website – the nation’s most comprehensive information resource about homeless veterans and the programs that serve them.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Central Office staff offers service providers assistance with administrative organization and program development; information about government, foundation and corporate grants; and guidance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. We operate a toll-free homeless veterans assistance phone line and a comprehensive website to direct those who need help to the people who can provide it.

NCHV was organized in 1990 by a small group of community-based service providers who were troubled by the disproportionately large percentage of homeless people who were veterans, and the lack of veteran-specific programs to help them. We opened our Washington, D.C., office in 1993 in order to work more closely with Congress and Executive Branch agencies to ensure the inclusion of veterans in federal assistance programs.

According to its own estimates, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs will reach slightly more than 40 percent of America’s homeless veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the only national organization specifically dedicated to improving the opportunities for these deserving Americans to regain control of their lives and once again enjoy the freedoms they helped preserve. Our community-based service providers represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and we offer assistance to any homeless service provider that contacts our office.

NCHV is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on homeless veterans issues by several agencies and departments of the U.S. government, and has worked in partnership on projects with VA, DOL, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. NCHV has helped develop and increase funding for homeless veteran-specific programs such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, both of which are currently funded at their highest levels ever. We helped write and worked to ensure passage of the hallmark Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001, which had the potential to provide $1 billion for homeless veteran service providers and programs. In the current Congress, in addition to various other measures, NCHV was instrumental in crafting and passing the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 – the most significant piece of legislation for homeless veterans in more than two years.

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Lifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero

Gary Sinise will provide the narration for “Lifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero” when the one-hour World War II Foundation documentary film premieres sometime around Veterans Day of 2018.

Sinise, well known for his award-winning movie and television roles, is an avid supporter of America’s military, both past, and present.

Joe George is probably a name unfamiliar to almost every American, but on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Joe George was every bit a hero in the opening moments of America’s violent entry into World War II.

George, a crewman on the USS Vestal, which was moored alongside the USS Arizona on Battleship Row in the harbor, ignored orders from a superior officer and helped save the lives of six USS Arizona crewmen, the last Arizona sailors to get off the battleship alive.

A Medal of Honor effort is underway by the five remaining USS Arizona survivors to make sure Joe George is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his efforts at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago.

“Gary Sinise is absolutely the perfect person to narrate this important film, ” said Tim Gray, Chairman of the non-profit World War II Foundation and writer, producer and director of 19 films to date on the personal stories of the WWII generation. “Gary has a tremendous voice, but most of all a deep passion for recognizing those generations who have done so much for us, both in the past and present day,” Gray said.

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Courtesy of War History Online.

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Patriot Guard Riders: Gary Zazitski

The Family of Sp/4 Gary Zazitski DOB 7/7/50, has graciously invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line as they lay their loved one to rest. Gary served in the United States Army from 9/11/67 to 9/10/70 in the 503rd MP Battalion in the 82nd Airborne. Upon completion of service he received an Honorable Discharge. Gary also did a tour in Viet Nam. Awards and Medals include six Army Commendation Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Jump Wings Medal. He is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and his former wife. Sp/4 Gary Zazitski passed away at Bay Pines Hospital on 7/6/17.

This hero served our Great Nation and us. This is our turn to stand for this hero, as he laid to rest and given Military Honors. Please bring your 3×5 American flags and stand in silent respect for this hero.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 25 Jul 2017

Primary Staging Time: 1:45 P.M.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Ride Captain:
Bill Franklin
Gulfrader@comcast.net
941-350-2547

Special Instructions:
Stage: 1345
Brief: 1400
Service: 1415
Flag Line as Determined by R/C

Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Henry Hyde
Position: Assistant State Captain

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Gold Star Wives Of America

The Gold Star Wives Of America are widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or as result of service-connected disabilities.
The widows/widowers of service personnel of all armed conflicts involving the United States of America.
The mothers and fathers of children whose parents gave their life in the service of the country.
The widows/widowers of service personnel of all ranks, races, and creeds.

“Only a service spouse understands the sorrow and problems of another service spouse.”

Each legislative session of Congress brings up new legislation directly pertaining to military survivors. Members of Gold Star Wives appear before various House and Senate Committees on issues concerning compensation, educational benefits, medical care and other programs pertaining to the welfare of military survivors.

We believe surviving spouses and dependent children need an organization dedicated solely to their needs, concerns, and welfare.

We believe that United we are stronger, and that together we stand and divided we fall and are forgotten.

Local chapters of the Gold Star Wives Of America carry our programs of service to their members and communities and are the “back bone” of Gold Star Wives. The work and policies of the organization have their beginnings at the Chapter level. Members-at-large living in communities where no active chapter exists are kept informed through Region and National Newsletters.

The United States is divided into eight regions headed by Region Officers elected by the region members. Resolutions, slates of National Officers, and recommendations adopted in annual spring conferences are submitted to the National Convention.

The National organization, composed of elected Officers and Board of Directors representing all Regions, carry out the business of the organization. Annual National Conventions are held in different locations usually in July, during which members make final decisions concerning national policies of Gold Star Wives.
carry our programs of service to their members and communities and are the “back bone” of Gold Star Wives. The work and policies of the organization have their beginnings at the Chapter level. Members-at-large living in communities where no active chapter exists are kept informed through Region and National Newsletters.

The United States is divided into eight regions headed by Region Officers elected by the region members. Resolutions, slates of National Officers, and recommendations adopted in annual spring conferences are submitted to the National Convention.

The National organization, composed of elected Officers and Board of Directors representing all Regions, carry out the business of the organization. Annual National Conventions are held in different locations usually in July, during which members make final decisions concerning national policies of the Gold Star Wives Of America.

To learn more about the work of the Gold Star Wives Of America, FOLLOW THIS LINK
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Building Homes For Heroes

Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.
It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.

Since 2006, Building Homes for Heroes has been at the forefront of making a significant difference in the lives of wounded American service members and their families. The organization gifts mortgage-free homes that meet the needs of the men and women who have selflessly served our country. These homes not only help to remove the family’s financial burden, they help to restore the individual’s freedom, and enable the veteran to lead a more independent and productive civilian life.

Organizational efficiency and sound fiscal responsibility are of utmost importance at Building Homes for Heroes®; neither the CEO nor its board members are compensated for their duties. The organization strives to keep fundraising and administrative costs at a minimum, thus only a small percentage of funds are allocated to overhead costs. Based on fiscal year audited financial statements ending December 31, 2015, the organization had a program service percentage of 93.8%. The organization gifted 17 homes in 2013, 23 homes in 2014, 28 in 2015, 29 in 2016, and has the high hopes of gifting as many as 33 homes in 2017, equal to one home every 11 days.

To further assist veterans, the organization has added programs, including financial planning services, family funding, and emergency support. Each home recipient is provided with a financial planning representative. This program is designed to provide the new, and sometimes first-time, homeowners with advice and guidance needed to maintain home expenses and to plan for a successful future.

Building Homes for Heroes encourages the wounded veterans we have assisted, or are currently assisting, to travel to our events and take part in other organizational endeavors to support other men and women who have been severely injured. The organization believes that this enables our recipients to build camaraderie with other wounded veterans who may later become recipients, but also to take another step toward being defined by their accomplishments and activities, and not their injuries or disabilities.

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