Our programs do just that. Over the past 10 years, we have provided services to veterans and their families through a variety of programs. Some of these are the following:
Global Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Foundation
Our Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) program started with a program in Chicago, partnered with Dr. Eugene Lipov, ”) a renowned Chicago area pain management specialist, the Chief Science Officer for the Global PTSI Foundation (“Global”). Dr. Lipov’s treatment, termed Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB), has been used since 2008, and has successfully relieved PTS symptoms in 80 percent of combat veterans who received it once or more. Through our partnership with the Global PTSI Foundation, we are making the treatment available to every PTSD sufferer requesting help. With over 4,000 treated to date, we have much work to do to impact the 1.3mm Veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD.
Fisher House provides housing for families of veterans undergoing prolonged hospitalization for combat injuries. This housing is available at several hospitals around the country. PMFF is honored to be a supporter of Fisher House. Mr. Fisher was the recipient of the Selfless Service award in 2015, given by PMFF and the USO of NC.
Veteran Health and Support
Our Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) program started with a program in Chicago, partnered with Dr. Eugene Lipov, a renowned Chicago area pain management specialist. His treatment, termed Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) has been used since 2008, and has successfully relieved PTS symptoms in 70 percent of combat veterans who received it once or more. Through our partnership with the Charlotte Healthcare System (CHS), this important treatment has been expended to the East Coast, and will be provided in Charlotte, NC.
Fisher House provides housing for families of veterans undergoing prolonged hospitalization for combat injuries. This housing is available at several hospitals around the country. PMFF is honored to be a supporter of Fisher House, which was also the recipient of the Selfless Service award in 2015, given by PMFF and the USO of NC.
Working closely with the USO of North Carolina, PMFF has assisted with a variety of veteran support programs, and helped to raise money specifically for their mission of supporting veterans throughout the North Carolina. We have also been instrumental in assisting veterans with a variety of program events to support them in their return from combat. These include the Honor the Heroes Bike Ride and Walk on the War.
Service dogs can mean a lot to a service-disabled veteran, especially those suffering from PTS or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Due to the generosity and excellence of a group of young musicians, CJ and Brother Max (www.cjandbrothermax.com), we continue to provide service dogs for these veterans.
Military Family Support
When we lose a veteran it is a traumatic experience for the family. But the difficulty doesn’t end there. Frequently, the family is left in financial difficulty, and sometimes without the ability for the remaining spouse to work, either due to lack of training or the need to take care of the children. Part of our mission is to support these families. As an example, this past Christmas we provided Christmas gifts for entire families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. This effort provided gifts for 59 families, representing over 150 family members.
Reconnect weekends allow families of returning combat veterans to spend time as a family in an environment of fun and relaxation. This helps to improve the health and well-being of the veteran and family, and helping to reduce a divorce rate that has exceeded 70% for our returning veterans.
Our support of the North Carolina National Guard Survivor Weekend for Gold Star families (those who have lost a loved one in the National Guard) has been ongoing for multiple years, and continues now. These weekends allow these families to get together with others who have the same type of loss and provide them with access to services that they might not otherwise have. It is quite therapeutic, and rewarding to see what this means to these families.
Another program supported is scholarships for the children of our veterans. Through Organizations such as the Joint Special Operations Command, Night Stalkers, and the 82nd Airborne Family Readiness Group (FRG), deserving and needy scholars are identified and vetted. This program continues to support several scholarships each year.
Homes for Veterans
PMFF, in partnership with Purple Heart Homes, Charlotte Bridge Home, and Hearts and Hammers, is building homes in North Carolina for service-disabled veterans and their families. The first home was completed in 2014, and the second in 2015. We currently have lots available for nine homes and plan for this to be an ongoing program.