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Honoring America's Warriors Inc

Honoring our Heroes, Healing our Warriors

Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.honoringamericaswarriors.org

Mission

Honoring Americas Warriors provides training and placement of service dogs, teams of disabled/retired veterans in-service dress uniform to provide/augment military funeral honors for honorably discharged veterans. Honoring America's Warriors also provides direct support to our nation’s heroes in the areas of outdoor sporting activities, adaptive sports, mental health & spiritual wellness, family & couples gatherings, service dog placement and training, employment, prevention of veteran suicide, and “Homes for Warriors”, a partnership with Team Rubicon and Home Depot Foundation.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Scott Deatherage

President

Ms. Rita Aragon

Main address

4149 Highline Blvd STE 280

Oklahoma City, OK 73108 USA

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EIN

47-1637199

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Other Medical Research N.E.C. (H99)

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

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Our programs

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Honoring America's Warriors Honor Guard

Honoring America's Warriors Honor Guard is a team of disabled veterans who want a new mission to be back in-service dress uniform and pay it forward. We render/augment military funeral honors for veterans of all eras when the family deems the legislated two-man flag fold is not adequate. We provide a rifle team, a flag fold team, and a bugler. We also present colors at many large events across the State of Oklahoma. The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, is free of charge, and is mandated by law. An honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag.

Population(s) Served
Adults

HAW provides veterans who qualify, service/companion dogs and training program. Since August of 2014 we have placed over 130 dogs with veterans and their families. The program requires participation in our training program that will tailor the training for the exact requirements of the veteran.  This program is funded in part through a federal grant administered by Uniformed Services University.  This program compiles information for medical research through a partnership with the National Institute of Health.   Service Dogs A service dog is a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disability. Service dogs can pick things up, guide a person with vision problems, or help someone who falls or loses balance easily. For example, a service dog can help a blind person walk down the street or get dangerous things out of the way when someone is having a seizure. Protecting someone, giving emotional support, or being a companion do not qualify a dog to be a service animal. To be a service dog, a dog must go through training. Usually the dog is trained to: Do things that are different from natural dog behavior Do things that the handler (dog owner) cannot do because of a disability Learn to work with the new handler in ways that help manage the owner's disability Because the handler depends on the service dog's help, service dogs are allowed to go to most public places the handler goes. This is the case even if it is somewhere pet dogs usually cannot go, like restaurants or on airplanes. But there are a few exceptions. For example, service dogs can be asked to leave if they are not behaving well.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Honoring America’s Warriors hosts veterans with guided hunting and fishing outings. All the outings are on private leases that have been donated to the organization. The areas are west of I-35 and some are east of I-35 in central Oklahoma. Our goal is to honor our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by providing quality hunting, fishing and all outdoor related activities. We also work to raise public awareness about the therapeutic effects that being in the outdoors has on the mental and physical disabilities of our country’s wounded men and women. We will also provide a platform for veterans to tell their own stories in their own words. The benefits of nature contact as therapy are well documented, including contemplative, recreational, and hands-on habitat restoration activities. Though not yet on the radar screen of policy makers, veterans have initiated nature-based programs focused on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation and restoration activities. Testimony from participants indicates the programs' powerful impacts on vets. Although research projects have focused on reintegrating vets, a recent literature review revealed only a small number of studies of the impact of an outdoor program on veterans. Further, despite the rapid emergence of nature-based programs for vets across the US, little information on how officials view such efforts exists. The REWORRR study, funded by USDA NIFA Federal Formula Funds, explores the importance of human-nature interactions in outdoor recreation and restoration activities among returning war veterans to account for how these interactions relate to individual, community, and social-ecological health and resilience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program provides reconditioning activities and competitive athletic opportunities to all wounded, ill and injured Service members to improve their physical and mental quality of life throughout the continuum of recovery and transition. It is also designed to enhance recovery by engaging wounded, ill, and injured Service members early in individualized physical and cognitive activities outside of traditional therapy settings. The program hopes to inspire recovery and physical fitness and encourage new opportunities for growth and achievement. The benefits of physical activity for injured Service members include reduced stress, increased quality of life, lower blood pressure, weight management, and enhancement of the rehabilitative process. Through this program, we support both physical and psychological recovery and rehabilitation from visible and invisible wounds of war including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), and others. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) and Honoring America’s Warriors have partnered to build up to 25 homes for veterans in the Oklahoma City area. The two non-profits will pool resources to provide opportunities for new home ownership for veterans who qualify based on HUD income requirements. Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity wanted to meet the needs of veterans who deal with the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life, and who are on a limited income. The program is called “Homes for Warriors”. This program also includes “CHR” Critical Home Repair for qualifying veterans. Since 2015 we have completed 8 new homes, and have repaired 13 homes owned by veterans.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Total dollars received in contributions

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Honoring America's Warriors Honor Guard

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Companion/Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of research studies that use methods that alleviate or minimize potential pain, suffering, or distress and enhance animal welfare for the animals used

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Companion/Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trained volunteer dog-and-handler teams

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Companion/Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Inputs: 7 AKC Qualified service dog trainers and 2 non-certified apprentices. 40 Veterans and/or Service Members. Classes divided in 6-month intervals. 20 in each class. Each Veteran and/or Service Member will complete total of 53 two-hour classes. University of Central Oklahoma to conduct a longitudinal study of Veterans and/or Service members who completed Honoring America’s Warriors Service Dog program. Trainer Training – 20 hours annually, maintain certifications. 3 month and 6 months follow up with previous graduates.

Activities:Certified trainers will train service dogs and train Veterans and/or Service Members how to be handlers. 3 areas required: Canine Good Citizenship (CGC), Public/Urban Access (PA), Task Training. CGC - Veterans complete 33 classes covering 7 basic commands over 11 weeks. PA – Veterans complete 10 classes in all aspects of public environment over 5 weeks. Tasking – Veterans complete 10 classes over 5 weeks minimum of 3 tasks. Graduation – Veterans and/or Service Members will be required to pass CGC and PA test and display Task ability. HAW trainers follow up with previous graduates every 3 months for first year, and every 6 months after.

Outputs: 35-40 Veterans and/or Service Members and their dogs will complete all 3 areas of training over one-year period. Veterans and/or Service Members who have completed program will be monitored with follow up and provided additional support if required.

Outcome Indicators: (Based on UCO internal survey of 40 previous graduates) Increased overall well-being - 100% improved relationships with other humans resulting from physical and psychological connection with a service dog – 88% Increased self-efficacy and positive affect – 100% Dog’s ability to reduce hypervigilance – 90% Dog’s effective recognition of oncoming seizures and detection of hyperglycemia low or high – 90% Improved sleep quality and duration – 80%. Improved symptoms of depression and anxiety – 90% Development of new friendships and support from other Veterans participating in training program – 100%

Financials

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Honoring America's Warriors Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

USAF MG Rita Aragon

None

Term: 2014 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr Waco Blakley

VA Medical Center

Waco Blakley

United States Veterans Administration

Rita Aragon

Steve Russell

United States Congress

David Davis

Cricket Wireless

Mark Kinders

University of Central Oklahoma

Paul Ray

American Legion Post 353

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? Yes
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/25/2021

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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