For over 100 years, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has dedicated itself to helping veterans and their families. Today, over one million veterans look to the DAV to help them file benefit claims, get rides to medical appointments, find meaningful employment and for many other life-changing support services. Thanks to the funds provided by Ford Proud to Honor, the DAV was able continue this vital mission, ensuring that veterans are able to participate fully in the American dream – a dream their sacrifices helped make possible.
Bunker Labs’ mission is to give military-connected entrepreneurs and small business owners the tools and resources they need to succeed. This was especially challenging during the Covid pandemic, a time when so many start-ups and small businesses struggled to stay afloat. So, the additional funding provided by Ford Proud to Honor couldn’t have come at a better time. Bunker Labs used Ford funding for their All-In Campaign, which gave financially stressed companies practical tips on how to deal with the once-in-a-generation business challenge that Covid presented.
Manufacturing requires skilled, disciplined workers – the kind of jobs that are tailor-made for veterans. Preparing veterans for these high-paying jobs is the reason Workshops for Warriors (WFW) was founded. Its mission is to provide veterans with quality training, accredited STEM educational programs and opportunities to earn third-party, nationally recognized credentials. And they’ve been amazingly successful – 94% of WFW students get hired. Thanks to the additional funding WFW received from Ford Proud to Honor, an additional 60 veterans were able to graduate this spring from the WFW training program.
The Oscar Mike Foundation (OMF) was established 10 years ago to make sports accessible and affordable for injured veterans. OMF offers veterans organized adaptive sporting events, weeklong experiences at the Oscar Mike compound, obstacle course races and many other activities for veterans who would otherwise be unable to participate in sports. Thanks to Ford Proud to Honor, OMF was able to bounce back from the Covid pandemic stronger than ever. And the additional funding will go a long way toward developing its newly acquired, larger location, enabling OMF to increase the number of veterans it serves.
The veteran-led Boulder Crest Foundation (BCF) develops and delivers programs that enable combat veterans, first responders and their families to live healthy and fulfilling lives in the aftermath of trauma. At their facilities in Arizona and Virginia, BCF offers three-, five- and seven-day programs that transform lives. In addition to forcing BCF to cut back on the number of traumatized men and women it could serve, the anxiety and isolation caused by Covid also exacerbated the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The funding provided by Ford Proud to Honor is helping BCF get back to full operation.
Blue Star Families’ mission is to identify the current challenges facing our service members and their families and partner with civilian communities to meet those challenges. Thanks to the financial support provided by Ford Proud to Honor, Blue Star Families was able to not only expand the number of targeted programs and services, but also to provide assistance to a greater number of military families. Beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021, Blue Star Families is placing special emphasis on racial equality initiatives.
The Guitars for Vets (G4V) mission is to provide free guitars and music lessons to veterans living with the challenges of PTSD. Because when people and music come together, the stage is set for camaraderie and healing. And some veterans need a lot of healing. To date, 6,000 vets have benefited from the recuperative power of music. In some cases, it has even turned vets away from suicide. That’s what makes G4V so vital. And that’s why Ford Proud to Honor was happy to donate $500,000 to this noble cause. The money is being used to provide assistance to even more veterans attempting to recover from emotional and psychological trauma.