It has been almost two years since Aaron Sorkin and I joined forces for Volunteers of America and I am happy to tell you that we have been able to accomplish much for our wounded warriors.
I want to thank everyone who responded to our letters by making a donation to the VOALA Veteran’s Salute. Our contributions helped VOALA expand their services and open many new programs for veterans in Los Angeles. In 2011 we made a real difference in the lives of an additional 1,200 men and women who served our country.
Issues facing newly returning veterans, including PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, continue to concern me - and remain a top priority at Volunteers of America. Major Tammy Duckworth of the Department of Veteran Affairs praised VOALA “for their commitment and expertise” at the opening of their Hollywood Veterans Center. I applaud them for their ability to grow and evolve in response to the mounting and changing needs of veterans and their families.
In addition to their existing programs, this year Volunteers of America is focusing on developing innovative programs for female veterans who have been silently struggling and are in serious need of help, as well as for veterans with families to prevent the ripple effects of PTSD on their children.
I invite you to join me in support of these important efforts. Our contributions will provide housing and support services for veterans and their families.
Looking beyond our personal views of war, we can see men and women who are in need of a caring community. Please join me in support of these veterans by making a contribution to VOALA.
Your generosity is greatly needed and deeply appreciated.
A $50 donation will help VOALA serve healthy meals to a homeless veteran for a week
and $500 will provide housing, meals, and support services for one veteran for one month.