Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront Is a Nationally-Recognized Nonprofit Organization Whose Mission Is to Build Strong, Stable, and Secure Military Families So They Can Thrive-Not Simply Struggle to Get By-In the Communities That They Have Worked So Hard to Protect

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront Is a Nationally-Recognized Nonprofit Organization Whose Mission Is to Build Strong, Stable, and Secure Military Families So They Can Thrive-Not Simply Struggle to Get By-In the Communities That They Have Worked So Hard to Protect

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Most military charities have a worthwhile purpose in seeking to support, enhance and, in many cases, rescue a military vet and their family.

But managing expenses and providing a balance between real costs and a delivered outcome for the recipient prove to be the real challenge.

Most charities of any nature are happy to return 80 cents or more of every dollar to the beneficiaries of their mission; and frankly if they do return 80 cents or more of every dollar, they are performing a noble task.

But only one military charity has successfully been awarded for 10 consecutive years The 4 Star Charity Navigator Award, and that is Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront has garnered acclaim and awards in every venue, from the news media, and military organizations, along with word-of-mouth from the veterans and their families they serve.

Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive--not simply struggle to get by--in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect. With 115 employees and over 4,000 volunteers, including 20 National Board Members, Operation Homefront operates in 21 locations in 50 states.

In the last five years, Operation Homefront has assisted more than 14,000 families in financial distress while fulfilling over 35,000 military family requests for financial assistance. They've distributed more than $20 million in financial assistance and in 2016 alone; Operation Homefront provided over $3.7 million in assistance to vets, supporting more than 6,000 requests; and in the tradition of helping our combat vets, 84 % of those vets in 2016 have a service connected disability.

Operation Homefront's Transitional Housing Villages provides short-term, rent-free housing for military families as the service member transitions to civilian life. While waiting for VA benefits to kick in, the service members and families in its villages undergo a platform of caseworker-driven programs designed to help them make the transition smoothly. These housing units operated by OH are in addition to over 600 mortgage-free homes that have been provided to veterans in need, and their families, across the country. …

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