Battle Buddies offer companionship.
Battle Buddies enjoy outings together.
Battle Buddies have common connections: service, honor, and respect to our country.
Battle Buddy Program
Our Battle Buddy Program is a very special initiative as it pairs our older heroes with younger veterans or other vet-centric individuals. Battle Buddies are matched with veterans to provide friendship, become an advocate, and a navigator. This is important because this individual understands the big picture in the veteran’s world. Battle Buddies also have access to any Hero’s Bridge program. This means volunteers may identify and secure services to improve the quality of life of each hero we serve. Aging veterans have various needs, some small and some substantial. The assessments our volunteers conduct are uniquely tailored to their individual buddy and is utilize to help us create a “bridge” to improve the quality of life of those we serve.
Unfortunately, many of the over 20 million aging veterans were never given respect and gratitude for their service. Many of our nation’s heroes, especially those who served in Vietnam, returned home and experienced animosity and disrespect. As veterans age, Hero’s Bridge feels it is past time to “right” this wrong. Veterans of all eras have served this great nation with honor and deserve recognition for their service. Hero’s Bridge provides special ceremonies which honor these valiant individuals and we provide tangible assistance which recognizes and celebrates each individual’s story. Some services we provide include obtaining lost records and medals, recording of oral histories which are provided to the Library of Congress, and assisting individuals in obtaining Veteran ID Cards. The Honor Guard initiative often incorporates local youth organizations in honoring our heroes, providing the new generation with an experience and education in gratitude, respect, and value of our service men and women.
Our program helps recover lost medals and records for our heroes.
Volunteers provide oral recordings of our veterans to the Library of Congress.
Hero's Bridge celebrates our older veterans with pinning ceremonies.
Resource Scouts help in seeking assistance for veterans in need.
Scouts work tirelessly through a web of bureaucracies to help.
Veteran service officers, nurses, social workers improve our heroes' quality of life
Hero’s Bridge Resource Scouts consists of a team of Veteran Service Officers, nurses, social workers, and other concerned individuals. They all help connect our heroes with sustainable resources to support a better quality of life. Many aging veterans returned from war decades ago to a country, and a time, much different than today. Individuals without catastrophic injuries often returned quietly to their life without enrolling with the Veterans Administration (VA), or seeking any assistance or treatment for their invisible wounds. The aging process may cause individuals to experience suffering from service-related issues. Many of older heroes are unaware of or did not secure the appropriate benefits they so bravely earned years ago. Our Resource Scouts work tirelessly through a web of bureaucracies, agencies, systems, and rules which older veterans may not be able to navigate on their own.
Hero’s Bridge has quite a variety of furry friends to visit with older heroes: dogs, rabbits, cats, bunnies, and even a small pig. Often, aging veterans have had to either give up their pets, or are unable to care for a new one, so they greatly miss having a furry companion in their lives. Our Paw Patrol visitors help fill this void. We have found even if an individual is not a “pet person”, they are enjoy the unconditional love and affection animals naturally provide. Also, for individuals who have difficulty communicating, we have found a visit and ability to just sit with and stroke the soft coat of one of our Paw Patrol members, without the pressure to speak, is an ideal way to provide comfort and relaxation. These harbingers of good are brought to our heroes by volunteers who also gain tremendous joy through these visits. For more information on this service email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our furry companions will visit those we serve, no matter where they live.
Paw Patrol members provide comfort and relaxation.
Yard work is difficult for some of the older veterans, so our volunteers step in and assist with the seasonal chores.
Volunteers will assist with minor home repairs, such as painting.
Some of our heroes need modifications such as wheelchair ramps, and our volunteers will help build or install them for our heroes.
Corps of Engineers
Many of the homes our heroes live in served their families well decades ago, but are difficult to maintain as veterans age. Some homes are very old and in extreme disrepair, while others are well maintained but require modifications such as grab bars and wheelchair ramps to assist aging in place and maintaining independence. Yard work may also be too difficult task for the heroes we serve, especially during the change of seasons. Faced with fixed incomes, older veterans may not have funds in place to replace or repair a heating or cooling system which fails unexpectedly. Our Corps of Engineers arrange assistance with yard work and other maintenance issues so our heroes maintain a safe and comfortable home.
Rapid Relief Corps
The Rapid Relief Corps provides fast, emergency financial assistance to our heroes who experience difficult situations through no fault of their own. Perhaps a doctor ordered a costly new medicine not covered by insurance, or an individual we serve may have experienced a prolonged hospitalization which caused unexpected expenses they may not be able to pay. Some veterans we assist have very little food or even basic household necessities. The Rapid Relief Corps provides they help they need when they need it, so no hero suffers while waiting for their benefits to begin. Heroes are quickly referred to Resource Scouts to implement more long-lasting support for their individual needs. Our ability to assist in these situations require a brief financial assessment and is highly dependent on community support at any given time. Please consider our Rapid Relief fund in your giving plan.
The Rapid Relief Corps may be able to assist our heroes with costly medical bills they may not have the means to pay
The veterans we serve worry about expensive, unexpected home repairs which are needed.
Rapid Relief Corps provides emergency assistance to our heroes
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