This summer, several members of the Hope For The Warriors® staff
met to discuss one of our important programs, Immediate Needs.  As they discussed the program and the
military families that we assist through this program, several things became clear.  First, our military families continue to
struggle financially as they deal with physical and psychological combat
wounds.  And second, that the name of the
program does not really describe all the assistance that is given through this
program.
For this reason, we have renamed the program: Critical
Care Coordination
.  Under this umbrella,
program coordinators continue to work with military families to address
immediate and emergency financial needs. 
However, coordinators also work with the Department of Veteran Affairs,
the military unit, medical professionals, the Department of Defense, and other
nonprofit organizations. 
By working with other agencies and nonprofits, we strive to
not just help with emergency needs.  Often,
we connect with the family during times of transition:  newly injured, transitioning out of the
military, or loss of jobs due to injuries.  Our ultimate goal is to pinpoint solutions
that will help the family today and in the future.
In August alone, Hope For The Warriors® provided more than
$75,000 in support through the Critical Care Coordination program.  The chart shows how those
dollars were spent. (Click on the chart to enlarge view.)  Rent and mortgage
payments topped the list in August as it does most months, followed by food.  During the most stressful times, we strive to
keep these military families in their homes with food on the table. 
Many of the smaller, miscellaneous expenses were spent to
support families who are relocated temporarily to military medical facilities
to be near a wounded service member. 
This transition can be a financial burden to families during a critical
time in a service member’s recovery.  Support
is granted to alleviate stress from these families and allow them to focus on
the medical needs of the service member.
To learn more about this program, please visit the Critical Care Coordination website page.