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“If you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you lead, you must be willing to walk alongside them, to lift and encourage them, to share moments of understanding with them, and to spend time with them…”

-Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader.

Jessica Short has always been inspired by legendary NFL Coach Tony Dungy. His quiet strength of character, his calm under pressure, and his desire to dedicate himself to a power higher than himself are qualities she herself strives to demonstrate in her everyday life. They are also the qualities she sees in those who swear an oath to protect our nation in our Armed Services.

Jessica’s grandfathers served in the military, and she has friends serving across multiple branches. She had heard about Operation Homefront from a friend when she was doing research for the outreach program at her church and was amazed at all the work that Operation Homefront does for military families. So, when her employer DSW Shoes gave their associates the chance to “Leave Their Mark” by nominating a non-profit to potentially receive $75,000, Jessica immediately knew who she would nominate.

“I nominated Operation Homefront because of their comprehensive approach to helping our military families. They have programs for the military wives, the kids, holiday meals, transitional housing for vets and wounded warriors. I think people should vote for Operation Homefront to show support for the family members of our men and women serving in the military. They give up so much on a daily basis so we can enjoy the life we live I think it’s amazing that Operation Homefront focuses on making sure the families stay strong and have the support they need in any situation.”

Here is how $75,000 would further our mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families.

• Support transitional housing for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured at Operation Homefront Villages, or to realize the dream of homeownership through the Homes on the Homefront program.
• Support the Critical Assistance Program which comes to the aid of military families facing an unexpected financial crisis.
• Help ensure a military child has everything they need to succeed in school via the Back-to-School Brigade campaign.
• Help welcome the newest members of our military family at Star-Spangled Baby showers.
• Stand by our nation’s caregivers through the Hearts of Valor program.
• Give thanks this upcoming holiday season with the Holiday Meals for Military program.

Since inception, Operation Homefront’s Critical Assistance Program alone has provided over $21 million in financial aid, fulfilling more than 40,000 requests. 92% of all expenditures go toward delivering these crucial programs and services.

Looking beyond just this campaign, Jessica encourages everyone to think about Coach Dungy’s message, and take a minute to walk alongside our military families, helping in any way they can. “It’s as easy as looking around… they’re closer than you think, I promise. And it doesn’t have to be a big campaign, though you can do that. It can be as simple as buying a meal for a family, sitting and listening to their story or even a quick thank you for your service. Anything big or small to show your support is greatly appreciated.”

Or as simple as a quick click and vote for us in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care campaign. VOTE TODAY (and every day through August 15)!
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The paths our military walk carry them to places far from loved ones and friends as they protect our freedoms. Imagine the relief a family feels when the service member’s shoes are back on the doorstep at home. We strive to be there for their families when they are gone, and when they come home and need some support moving forward. Please help us win $75,000 in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care campaign and allow us to provide relief, resiliency and recurring family support to hundreds of military and veteran families across the U.S. Vote today (and every day through Aug 15) at http://shoeloverscare.com and share with #DSWShoeLoversCare

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Together we answer the call. Together, we are stronger – and our military families are stronger.

Our military is the best model of teamwork, without exception.

It starts on day one of basic training. What is the most important thing new recruits need to learn? How to work together as a team. It’s important to their success and their survival. And getting there takes work. But once they function as a cohesive unit, enemies fall, lives are saved and battles are won.

Together, they answer the call. For better or for worse, they are in it, side by side. But it goes beyond that.

With a common goal and shared sacrifice, bonds form that last a lifetime. Veterans who we have spoken to in our mission often mention that one of the toughest parts of trading military life to become a civilian is the loss of the comradery, the bonds, and the mission. That kind of connection is tough to find outside the military.

There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” At Operation Homefront, we are one of many dedicated organizations supporting our military, veteran and wounded warrior families. Each has a unique mission and varying programs: addressing suicide prevention, advocating to our elected leaders, raising awareness of the challenges of a life in service. We are on the same path to a common goal…to honor and serve those who sacrifice so much for our country.

Operation Homefront can’t serve every need that military and veteran families have. Their challenges and situations are as unique and varied as they are. That’s why it is important to work together with other military and veteran service organizations so that the safety net of support extends as deep as it does wide.

While we work with MANY organizations and government agencies, we have some level of formalized collaborative relationships with the following:

100K Homes

American Legion

Auxiliary

American Red Cross

Armed Services YMCA

BBB Military Line

Code of Support

Clearpoint (Credit Counseling Services)

Feed The Children

Give-An-Hour

Goodwill Industries International

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Kids In Distressed Situations

National Military Family Association

Military Child Education Coalition

Mission Continues

MOAA

Operation Gratitude

Our Military Kids

Semper Fi Fund

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

USA Cares

Wounded Warrior Project

Yellow Ribbon Fund

We can’t say enough how proud we are to work together with others to help military families. Take some time to learn more about their work, and you will find powerful stories of families that were helped, crises that were avoided, or lives that were pulled back from the brink of going hungry or homeless, or both.

Together we answer the call. Together, we are stronger – and our military families are stronger.

vets-day_blog_thumbWhile we have formalized partnerships with the organizations listed above, it is certainly not an all-inclusive list of organizations who do great things for military families. That list would be much longer. There are many amazing small and large non-profits who step up in many ways to answer the call to help military families.

 

 

Find out more about how you too can answer the call to help military families at www.operationhomefront.net/answerthecall .

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