Vets Helping Heroes, Inc.

Raising Funds for Guide Dogs and Service Dogs to disabled Veterans at no cost to the Veterans

Boca Raton, FL   |  www.vetshelpingheroes.org

Mission

To provide the financial support for specially-trained Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for disabled veterans, at no cost to the Veterans, who have served honorably and active duty military personnel injured during service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Ruling year info

2008

Board President

Mr. Melvin Pollack, Lt.Col., U.S. Air Force, Retired, (Ex-POW Vietnam)

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Donald Werner, Retired President, CEO and Chairman at Werner Co.

Main address

980 North Federal Highway Suite 110

Boca Raton, FL 33432 USA

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EIN

26-1300231

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

You have heard the terrible figures from us at Vets Helping Heroes, Inc., from the press, and from other organizations serving our Veterans: WE ARE LOSING 24 VETERANS PER DAY TO SUICIDE, as a result of the depression from Blindness, Loss of Limbs, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) . We know that properly-trained Guide Dogs and Service Dogs can and do save the lives of these Veterans having suicidal thoughts. We have seen it first-hand The need is so great that for instance, if VETS HELPING HEROES helps only ONE of those 24 suicidal Veterans per day, for one year, (meaning 365 Suicidal Veterans teamed with 365 properly-trained, Certified Guide Dogs and Service Dogs), we would need a total of $14,600,000.00 per year to cover the cost. That total only covers one (1) Veteran per day, per year, suffering from either Blindness, Loss of Limbs, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Specially-trained Guide Dogs/Service Dogs to disabled Veterans at no cost to Veterans

Vets Helping Heroes has raised all money to date through general fundraising efforts.  Donations from the general public and foundations with occasional grants.  As we've had no formal "program" to date, we have minimal overhead and more than 90% of all money raised goes directly to supply Guide Dogs and Service Dogs to veterans at no cost to the Veterans.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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

Vets Helping Heroes' primary, short and long term goal, is to raise funds for specially-trained Guide Dogs and Service Dogs and donate the funds to Special training facilities all over the United States and to ensure placement of Guide Dogs and Service Dogs, free of charge (No cost to the Veteran) to active and retired members of the US Armed Forces with life altering injuries. In addition, we aim to shorten the waiting lists for these life-saving Guide Dogs and Service Dogs; to inform legislation of the need of Guide Dogs and Service Dogs to our disabled Veterans, as well as, to educate the public in general.

We raise funds to provide funding to many Special Training Facilities all over the country for the training and placement of Guide Dogs and Service Dogs to disabled Veterans. These Special Training Facilities have been thoroughly assessed and personally visited by our Board Members. We also work to advise and generally educate the public, not only as to the need for Specially-trained Guide Dogs and Service Dogs, but to any other related aspect, such as the number of suicides per day by Veterans, 24 per day. Finally we work with local and the Federal government officials to inform legislation related to these life saving Guide Dogs and Service Dogs.

We raise these funds in many ways such as Grant Writing, several mailing per year (via regular mail and e-blasts); we do speaking events to educate people of the need for these animals and to advise them of the wonderful work we do. We do presentations by bringing Veterans/Guide Dog and Service Dog teams to events to demonstrate the amazing things these dogs were trained to do and to have the Veteran speak on how the dog has changed his life and how the dog gave him a reason to live.

To date we have raised over $7,000,000 and are very proud to have funded 450 Veteran/Guide Dog/Service Dog teams.

Vets Helping Heroes has a versatile and active Board of Directors comprised of retired high ranking Military, business professional in the fields of Law, Computers, Healthcare, Non-profit, Film Production, Sales and more. This dynamic team enables us the best advantage to achieve our goals. In addition, many of our board members are retired military with first-hand knowledge and experience of the plight of the injured that we seek to help.

We have updated our Website at www.vetshelpingheroes.org and have increased our social media presence as well.

We have a corporate office and an Executive Coordinator who works very hard to effectively keep our organization in full compliance with the laws of a 501(c)3 Charity. All of our State Registrations are up to date and we are registered in all 50 States. Our entire Board of Directors are volunteers. We are very proud to say that we keep our Administration fees as low as possible (10%).

In our short existence, Vets Helping Heroes has raised over $7,000,000 and has provided over 450 Guide Dogs and Service Dogs to active and retired disabled members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, we have begun and continue to amass information allowing us to better educate the public and have been integral in bringing the need for Guide Dogs and Service dogs to the attention of the Federal Government.

What's next: We are working even harder to bring this charity to another level, raise even more funds to help and to save even more disabled Veterans. We will continue to visit and inspect more Special Training Facilities all over the United States to add them to our funding list so that we can reach and help more disabled Veterans in all areas, all over the country.

Financials

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Vets Helping Heroes, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Don Werner, Retired President, CEO and Chairman at Werner Co.

Vets Helping Heroes, Inc.

Melvin Pollack

US Air Force Retired, POW Vietnam

Paul Barreto

US Naval Aviator, Capt. Retired

Sam Bierstock

Physician, Informaticist, Speaker, Author

Don Werner

CEO and Chairman at Werner Co., Retired

Louis Molina

Wide Angle Video Productions, Inc.

Robert Engelman

United Airlines Captain, Retired

Jean-Pierre Paviot

Founder of D-Day Memory Tour, Normandy, France

Lisa Fendrich

Executive Coordinator

Charlie Morecraft

President of Phoenix Safety Management Co