Along with Virginia's Joint Leadership Council (JLC), VCOC MOAA & Virginia chapters promoted legislation and continue to raise funds for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP). Scroll down for info on what chapters, VCOC and individuals can do to help, how they are helping now & how they have helped raise funds in the past.
The George C. Marshall Chapter (GCMC) put on a 2nd annual charity golf tournament for the benefit of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) 9 Aug 2010. Not only did the 119 golfer turn-out maximize the entire golf course, it also was a fun event with a nice barbeque lunch and approximately $1,000 in prizes. The golf format was Captain's Choice but one feature made it most interesting. That was the ability to purchase unlimited extra strokes or "mulligans" for $5 each. One foursome said, "we used 7 mulligans to try to make a six foot putt and missed every one of them". Bad for them but $35 more for the VWWP.
The chapter estimates the donation to the VWWP (after expenses) will be over $12,000, a 50% increase over last year's event.
See documents at right, including a half-page ad that recognized sponsors, including national MOAA.
/ GCMC President, Col Bob Hopkins, USAF, Ret 11 Aug 2010
Banners at 9 Aug 2010 Golf Tournament to Benefit Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Photo courtesy of GCMC MOAA
Lunch at Golf Tournament - GCMC MOAA fund-raiser for Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Aug 2009. Photo by GCMC PAO Ross Schmoll, COL, USAF, Ret
George C. Marshall Chapterheld a Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament 10 Aug 2009. National MOAA was among 40 sponsors. Over $8,000 was raised.
Pictured seated at lunch is the golf tournament organizer, Gordy Calkins, COL, USMC, Ret who is also the chapter's VCOC Rep. Standing behind him are chapter president, Bob Hopkins, LTC, USAF, Ret and Jack Hilgers, COL, USMC, Ret of Virginia DVS (and VCOC MOAA point of contact for the Wounded Warrior program)
George C. Marshall Chapter provides donation check from 2nd Annual Clay Target Shoot at VCOC luncheon 10 July 2009, VMI. From Left are: GCMC MOAA President, Bob Hopkins, LTC, USAF, Ret; VWWP representatives Lisa Meunier and Jack Hilgers (both are retired military officers); Bert Boyd of the Department of veterans Services and Bob Stolarz, CAPT, USN, Ret GCMC MOAA Legislative Rep. Photo by VCOC PAO M. Mallison. See June Council Crier for more info about the Clay Target Shoot.
Virginia Peninsula Chapter provides check at April 2009 meeting, Fort Eustis. From Left, VIPMOAA Programs Chair John Corcoran, CAPT, USNR, Ret; VIPMOAA President Jim Pauls, COL USAF, Ret; Director of Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Catherine Wilson, CAPT, USN, Ret; Regional Director VWWP Ken Rich. Photo by VIPMOAA PAO M. Mallison
George C. Marshall chapter presents check for VWWP to Catherine Wilson, Director of Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, at December 2008 meeting.
HAMPTON ROADS Chapter President, James Dellaripa, LTC, USAF, Ret, gives VWWP check to Catherine Wilson, Director of VWWP at VCOC meeting, December 2008.
POTOMAC chapter president, Roland Ball, CAPT, USN, Ret, gives VWWP check at March 2009 chapter meeting to Catherine Wilson, Director of VWWP.
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP), was established by the 2008 General Assembly, to ensure veterans who experienced stress-related injuries in combat, and their families, receive timely assessment, treatment and support. The program supports Virginia veterans and members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia residents of the Armed Forces Reserves not in active federal service. The program also supports the family members of these veterans, Guard and Reserve members. The General Assembly appropriated $4.4 million over the current biennium to fund the VWWP. These funds will be used to build capacity in the community service boards, traumatic brain injury service providers and other community-based service providers as well as provide a hotline for veterans and their families, and training for service providers and other professionals. Services to veterans and their families will include mental health, substance abuse and traumatic brain inury services as well as case management, outpatient, family support, and rehabilitation services.
/From 12 Aug 2008 News Release- Virginia Department of Veterans Services
VCOC POINT OF CONTACT FOR VWWP: COL JACK HILGERS, USMC, RET, Legislative Rep for Hampton Roads Chapter.
Summary Page in "document library", at end of this webpage - Virginia Department Veterans Services.
MORE FUNDS NEEDED
MOAA CHAPTERS CAN HELP by making chapter contributions. Invite a Virginia Wounded Warrior Program person to speak at a chapter meeting and present the contribution. Also give out contribution forms at meeting(s) and/or in chapter newsletter and website, for individual contributions.
CAN YOU HELP? Virginia provided a limited amount of funding for the Wounded Warrior Program. The Commonwealth anticipates that its citizens will want to help. The Virginia Veterans Services Foundation is available to receive contributions to support the Program.
The Foundation is an agency of the state and is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions under Internal Revenue Service Section 170 (c) and Code of Virginia Section 2.2-2719.
Donations are placed in theVeterans Services Fund and cannot revert to the Commonwealth’s General Fund. In this case, they only can be used for the Wounded Warrior Program.
Donations to the Foundation are audited annually by the Commonwealth’s Auditor of Public Accounts. This assures that the maximum amount of citizens donations will go to our veterans and not to administrative overhead. Information about contributing is provided in the following paragraphs.There is a donation form in the Document Library, below.
Can we count on your support to assist Virginia’s veterans, members of the Virginia National Guard, Virginia residents of the Armed Forces Reserves not on active federal service, and their family members, who are dealing with the effects of traumatic brain disorders, combat stress, and post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from their combat service and sacrifice in the U.S. Armed Forces? Please make checks payable to:
Virginia Veterans Services Foundation For: VWWP
Scroll Down for Donation Form/Flyer and other documents.
See article about Traumatic Brain Injury.
CONTACTS Virginia Wounded Warrior Program
Catherine Wilson Executive Director 804-371-4675 (office) email@example.com Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center 1601 Broad Rock Blvd. Richmond, VA 23224
__ Regional Director, Southern Virginia 757-788-0313 (office) 757-788-0972 (FAX) 300 Medical Drive Hampton, VA 23666
Leslie Smith Regional Director, Western Virginia firstname.lastname@example.org 540-857-6393 (office) 1970 Roanoke Blvd., Building 77, Room 125G Salem, VA 24153
James Thur Regional Director, Northern Virginia email@example.com 703-277-3501 (office) 11150 Fairfax Blvd. Suite 300 Fairfax, VA 22030
Barbara Vonada Executive Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org 804-371-4675 (office) Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center 1601 Broad Rock Blvd. Richmond, VA 23224
Contribution/Pledge of Support
Please provide the following info for contributions or when making a pledge. Name(s) _________________________________ Date: _________ Address __________________________________________ Home Phone _______________________ Work Phone __________________ Employer: __________________ Email_______________________________________
MOAA (list the Virginia chapter):______________________
__ CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT: $_____ OR __ PLEDGE AMOUNT: $_____
(Check payable to "Virginia Veterans Services Foundation" For: VWWP)
Mail to: VirginiaVeterans Services Foundation(For: VWWP) 900 East Main Street, Ground Floor,Richmond, Virginia23219
The Virginia Dept of Veterans Services summary of Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, downloaded from DVS VWWP website 30 March 2009. 1-page summary on DVS letterhead.
For additional information about the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Foundation, or about contributing, contact Col. Jack Hilgers (USMC, Ret) at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 804-382-3715 or 757-481-4164 or Steven Combs at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, 804-786-0294.