Veterans Families United Foundation

aka VFU   |   Oklahoma City, OK

Mission

Empowerment of Veterans and their Families in the Healing Process.

Notes from the nonprofit

VFU continues to serve as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing veterans and their families with post combat support through education and referrals. Our website is well vetted and continues to strive to connect veterans and families of all conflicts to resources that may empower them.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Ms. Cynthia Collins-Clark

Main address

P.O. Box 14355 Cynthia L. Collins-Clark

Oklahoma City, OK 73113 USA

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EIN

20-8877536

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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The REST House

This mini proposal is a vision for veterans with invisible wounds and includes ways to incorporate readjustment, healing, and connecting with family and friends.  A full budget has not been developed and reflects the starting cost that would need fulfilled and earmarked prior to actual project implementation.

Population(s) Served

A common challenge for many veterans is transportation.  VFU has dedicated 100% of our financial Memorial Tributes to a one-time $25. debit card for emergency transportation medical, employment, education needs of veterans.

Population(s) Served

VFU will provide referrals for therapies and/or agencies that serve veterans, families and their loved ones

Population(s) Served

VFU will offer regular retreats, workshops, seminars, presentations and programs for veterans, their families and loved ones to provide opportunities to share experiences, integrate, grow, heal and form community

Population(s) Served

VFU will develop a website with resources including articles, books, tools for healing, resources, networks and information of vital interest and service to veterans, their families and loved ones

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Barbara Thompson Service Award 2007

Barbara Thompson Service Award, Ret. Judge Ralph Thompson

Certificate of Appreciation 2010

AUSA

Freedom Team Salute Commendation 2009

US Army

Salt Lake City Deseret News Award 2011

Hero of 2011

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to help often overwhelmed veterans and family members to navigate the often complex systems of care and to educate them about post combat issues for both the veteran and family in ways that de-stigmatize and offer realistic options for hope and healing.

To constantly update information regarding post combat issues that are easy to understand and navigate and to provide veterans and families with validation of their challenges and referrals to support systems that build bridges of understanding and care for the family system as a whole.

On-going capability to respond to changing climate for veterans by adding and updating timely resources on the website in addition to publishing and reprinting free booklets for veterans and families of veterans and responding to inquiries via phone or email to direct to the many resources available. We have the capacity to add private, public, community, VA, DoD, and no profit resources to our page making it a comprehensive one-stop shop for veterans and families with regard to combat trauma, assistance and wellness resources available.

We continue to gain momentum in reaching veterans across the world and from all aspects of life who are seeking validation for their challenges (Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury) and options that are accessible and offer opportunities for encouragement and balance.

Financials

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Veterans Families United Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cynthia Collins-Clark

Private Mental Health Practitioner

Term: Jan 2007 -


Board co-chair

James Clark

Retired

Term: Aug 2009 -

Joseph Collins

Retired OIF Veteran, USAR

James Clark

Retired Educator, brother/step-father of veterans

Connie Moore

Private mental health clinician

Stephanie Mines

Founder, The TARA Approach for Shock and Trauma

Jack McCallister

Vietnam Veteran, Marine

Pete Costilow

Retired Brigadier General, Army

Irene Costilow

2009 OK Mother of the Year

Walter Hammert

CPA and Retired Korean Veteran USAF

Dorothy Hammert

1994 OK Mother of the Year

Christy Roney

Marketing Consultant

Paul Sullivan

Oil and Gas, son and father-in-law of veterans

Cynthia Collins-Clark

Mother of OIF veteran, USAR Daughter of Korean War Veteran, Navy

Merradyth McCallister

Wife of Vietnam Veteran

Shane McKinley

OIF Veteran, Mother and Student

Brett Crawley

Lt. Col., USAR

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes