“My husband was wounded down range. He suffered from numerous injuries – traumatic brain injury, PTSD. He finally … could no longer serve in the military. It was rough.” These are the words of Betty Easley as she speaks about her husband Army Spec. Greg Easley.
It’s a sad but real truth. When it comes to injuries of war, the Army has been hit the hardest. In fact, the Army has sustained 70 percent of the total injuries of our current war. Every wounded warrior deserves the care that he or she needs, but there are always going to be gaps between needs and what the government can provide.
Senior military leaders have recognized that military support nonprofits will have to increase their efforts as defense budgets decline. And so, a first-of-its-kind relationship has been established between Operation Homefront and the U.S. Army. In conjunction with a memo of understanding with the Army’s Warrior Transition Command, Operation Homefront has created and is administering the Army Homefront Fund (AHF).
The Army Homefront Fund’s purpose is to help wounded Soldiers return to duty, or to transition successfully back to civilian life. In other, words to support Wounded Warriors to fill the gaps between needs and government capabilities. It’s a way for those who want to support the Army or Wounded Soldiers to know exactly how their support is being used.
“Working closely with the Army, Operation Homefront will be able to leverage its resources, expertise, and extensive network of nonprofit partners to help identify needs earlier and get Soldiers and their families to help they need more quickly,” said Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront and the Army Homefront Fund. “Our Wounded Warriors deserve nothing less, and with the support of many nonprofits dedicated to helping our military and the generous support of our donors, we will give them all they deserve.”
The Fund will assist soldiers in a variety of ways – medical care, rent, utilities, auto and home repair, transitional housing, relocation, child care and more. Essentially it can step in at a critical moment to help a soldier, and his or her family, get the support they need to make it through an emergency. Those who have given so much for their country deserve support through rough times.
Operation Homefront was able to help the Easleys get back on their feet. Now, the Army Homefront Fund, will ensure that more Soldiers and their families can receive the same assistance. For more information, to donate to the fund or to request assistance, go to www.armyhomefrontfund.org or call (877) 264-3968.