GAWDA President Ned Pontious has selected two charities to be the recipients of donated funds to the 2014 GAWDA Gives Back.
Support The Enlisted Project’s (STEP) mission is to provide emergency financial and transition assistance grants to active duty and recently discharged enlisted military and their families. STEP provides emergency assistance from their headquarters in San Diego to eligible active duty service members who have been honorably discharged for 12 months or less, and their families residing in the Southern California counties of San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial.
STEP also offers a range of complimentary family support programs that boost morale and provide military families with unique opportunities to bond and receive valuable products and services.
Southern California is home to the highest concentration of service members and veterans in the entire world. It is also a region with one of the highest cost of living indexes in the Nation. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and our service members slowly return to American soil, they sometimes face severe financial hardships resulting from weakening economic conditions and defense budget cuts that directly impact military salaries and benefits. Others are being involuntarily separated from the military at an alarming rate, often struggling to reintegrate back into civilian society. In 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor projected that over one million service members will separate from the military within the next five years.
STEP was established to be a local and trustworthy resource for active duty and recently honorably discharged service members and their families regardless of the service member’s deployment status, injuries sustained, credit history, or military service record.
For more information, please visit STEP’s website at www.stepsocal.org
The Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station vows to be the leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country. The Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station is committed to supporting our warriors in a variety of ways, providing quality-of-life items and numerous support services designed to assist them and their families during recovery.
The Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station assists four main groups of warriors: the Seriously Injured (SI) just returning home from war; those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI); those undergoing physical or occupational therapy, and warriors who have been medically retired and remain in our community. To serve this last group in particular, Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station pioneered a new approach and opened Freedom Station – a unique recovery transition center and housing facility that provides injured warriors with the acclimation time, guidance and resources to successfully make the transition from military service to civilian life.
The Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization operated by an all-volunteer staff. With your continued support, it is an honor to be able to serve those who are serving our country.
For more information, please visit Warrior Foundation- Freedom Station’s website at www.warriorfoundation.org