Though they were unable to wear a military uniform themselves, Ken and Ruth have always deeply admired the valiant men and women who serve our country. So they decided to answer the call in the best way they could.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Ken and Ruth Harvey realized that the rights, freedoms, and safety—something they had taken for granted—were not guaranteed. The couple knew that the attacks would trigger a conflict that would require our American service men and women to fight beyond our shores to secure our nation’s safety. Ken and Ruth admired those who sacrificed so much for their fellow countrymen.
Ken and Ruth also worried about the health and wellbeing of service members and veterans who have returned from overseas service. ”You’d assume that the soldiers who are wounded or returning with PTSD would be given more post-action care. While there is a structure in place, it’s not at the level that we would expect,” Ken said. Ruth maintains that Operation Homefront is addressing the problem in a positive, helpful way. “For every dollar we give most of it is going back to military families, so that’s great,” Ruth said.
The Harvey’s strong desire to support the military inspired them to search for a nonprofit that would allow them to make a difference in the lives of service members and their families. Ken and Ruth researched military nonprofits from a leading charity rating agency, and as a result, they chose to give to Operation Homefront.
“Operation Homefront takes resources from a person or a company and channels it to the highest need. It’s hard to imagine a more efficient organization getting that done,” Ken said. One of his goals was to ensure that his money would truly make a difference in the lives of military service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and their families.
Ruth and Ken give to Operation Homefront programs, such as Homes on the Homefront, because they want to see the lives of military families transformed, and the couple wants to be part of that impact. “Operation Homefront is giving families the tools they need to help them manage their finances. Operation Homefront is teaching them skills, and it’s different than charity; it’s trying to create something that’s going to last throughout their lifetimes,” said Ken.
Operation Homefront would not exist if it weren’t for donors like Ruth and Ken. They allow us to help military families in their hour of need. You too can make a difference and answer the call, in lots of ways, to support military, veteran and wounded warrior families. Find out more at www.operationhomefront.net/answerthecall .