2009 Humana Military Healthcare Services Golf Scramble
Louisville Area Businesses’ Are Supporting the Event
March 23, 2009
USA Cares founder, Command Sergeant Major Roger Stradley, US Army (Retired) said “This golf event is going to be absolutely great. It is one of the best things that ever happened for our organization here in the Kentuckiana area since the great folks at Kroger and WAVE Television started selling ‘Support the Troops’ yard signs back in 2003. That is how we got started and now, six years later, we have provided post 9/11 Veterans and their families in all 50 states with assistance when they have needed help.”
Radcliff Walmart Presents $2,500 to USA Cares
March 23, 2009
Camillia Cox, Assistant Store Manager of Walmart 1165 in Radcliff commented “We have always been happy to help USA Cares. Our store is right outside the gates of Fort Knox so we see lots of uniforms and have many, many military families both shopping and working here. Because of that, we are delighted to list USA Cares as one of the non-profit organizations that we support with our donations on a regular basis.”
2009 Humana Military Healthcare Services Golf Scramble
March 09, 2009
The 2009 Humana Military Healthcare Services Golf Scramble benefiting USA Cares will be held at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Course in Southern Indiana on April 2nd with a 1:00PM tee time. Entrants will receive gift bags with sponsor provided items, greens fees with cart and admission to all the post golfing events including dinner with Dennis Miller.
The Cecilian Bank helps USA Cares Go Mobile!
“Texting for the Troops” officially launches
February 06, 2009
Greg Pawley, CEO of The Cecilian Bank commented, “While it is important to see and appreciate this new found ability to give to this charity anytime and anywhere, the real value is that we are remembering that there are still thousands of Americans in harm’s way today, and that we, as a nation, need to remain diligent in our commitment to stand behind them and provide assistance to their families when they need it.”
Pacific Life Foundation Contributes to USA Cares
February 02, 2009
Bill Nelson, Executive Director of USA Cares announced that a letter from The Pacific Life Foundation was received along with a generous check for $10,000. Addressing his staff Nelson commented “Our programs to assist the families of veterans and helping to prevent military families from foreclosure and eviction has resulted in cases that are more costly than the quality of life assistance we began with and continue to help with on a daily basis. Recognition from America’s leading corporate citizens is one of the pillars of our ability to sustain our ability to provide this kind of vital support to our troops.”
USA Cares Announces Texas Program to help Veterans get PTSD/TBI Treatment
January 26, 2009
According to USA Cares Executive Director, Bill Nelson, “This program is designed to bridge the financial gaps that occur when a veteran who is referred to residential treatment for PTSD/TBI finds he cannot afford to go. The problem of gaining access to treatment when it requires absence from employment is a significant issue considering the Rand Study estimates 300,000 PTSD sufferers from the Iraq/Afghanistan War—once they leave active duty status, Guard, Reserve, and recent veterans must choose between a paycheck (and paying the family bills) or treatment that often requires absence from work.”
Brighton “Dream Peace” Limited Edition Bracelet
USA Cares is one of four to reap “Peace Dividend”
December 16, 2008
Brighton has taken action towards the dream of peace by creating a beautiful and charming Dream Peace bracelet. The limited-edition bracelet will be available between January 16, 2009 and February 14, 2009 for $55 at participating retailers. For every Dream Peace bracelet purchased at a Brighton Collectibles store, Brighton will donate $10 towards a charity organization that shares Brighton consumers’ vision of peace—including USA Cares.
“Red Shirt Friday – I Care Too” now Available in Select Walmart Stores
USA Cares program earns vendor status in 11 Kentucky Walmart Stores
December 15, 2008
For years USA Cares has been promoting “Red Shirt Fridays” to support the troops fighting in the Global War on Terror in the wake of 9/11. The program has received support all across the country from business owners to individuals. According to Roger Stradley, a retired US Army Command Sergeant Major and founder of USA Cares, “It’s very gratifying to see Americans wearing red on Fridays in support for all the Service Members who make such sacrifices to protect our freedom”.
California Community Foundation Provides Substantial Grant to USA Cares
December 12, 2008
USA Cares Executive Director Bill Nelson announced today that the organization had received a $2,000,000 grant from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund of the California Community Foundation. The notification, which was accompanied by the first of two checks for $1,000,000, was the third time IADIF has granted funds to USA Cares, which has been assisting post 9/11 US Military Veterans and their families since its inception in 2003.
Staples Employees in Florence Kentucky Care
December 05, 2008
Diminutive Cheryl Bruce, the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator of USA Cares, was summoned to the lobby where a panting US Postal Carrier was stacking a virtual wall of carefully packaged boxes. Each was labeled “Care of Operation Brave Boxer” and each was heavy enough to make others in the office wonder what could be inside.
Gourmet Restaurant Honoring Troops With Special Dinner
November 11, 2008
PORTSMOUTH, NH – Black Trumpet Bistro, a Portsmouth restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, will celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with the Great American Wine Dinner and donate a portion of the proceeds to USA Cares.
Dance Studio Stepping Up to Raise Funds for USA Cares
November 07, 2008
REDLANDS, CALIF. – Shake It Up! Dance Studio in Redlands, Calif., is hosting a dance event on Nov. 15 as a Veterans Day fundraiser for national military nonprofit USA Cares.
Bionic Gloves Helping USA Cares Give a ‘Hand Up’
November 01, 2008
Bionic Gloves, sister company to Louisville Slugger, is partnering with USA Cares in support of its mission to help military families. Fitting the USA Cares “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” motto, Bionic, which sells sports and fitness gloves designed by an orthopedic surgeon, will work hand in hand with the organization to promote the charity’s outreach efforts.
Harrah’s H.E.R.O.’s Benefit USA Cares
October 14, 2008
USA Cares is a recipient of a charitable donation on behalf of Harrah’s Imperial Palace and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon’s Harrah’s Entertainment Employees Reach Out and Salute America’s Veterans (H.E.R.O.) program.
California Knitting Shop Wrapping Up Help for USA Cares
September 30, 2008
A yarn and knitting business in southern California has stepped up to make volunteer contributions to the USA Cares Operation Lap Wrap program by both donating blankets and offering discounts to customers.
“The Steve Wilkos Show” Joining Forces with USA Cares
September 17, 2008
USA Cares has a new partner in its mission to provide financial support for military families in their time of need. NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s “The Steve Wilkos Show” is teaming with the organization to “make a difference in the lives of U.S. military personnel and their families.”
Cardinal Health Marks 9/11 with “I Care Too!” Tribute
September 12, 2008
Employees of Cardinal Health in Radcliff wore USA Cares “I Care Too!” red shirts on Thursday in memory of those who died and served during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The employees gathered for a photo to pay tribute to the sacrifices made and assistance rendered seven years ago.
USA Cares Earns 2008 Newman’s Own Award
September 11, 2008
USA Cares recently received a Newman’s Own Foundation $5,000 grant in recognition of its mission to provide military families with financial support and other critical resources in their time of need.
The awards are co-sponsored by the Fisher House Foundation Inc., Newman’s Own Inc. and Military Times Media Group with the purpose of recognizing homefront organizations for their contributions to military quality of life.
Sales of Children’s Book to Support USA Cares
A children’s book, “A Glove of Their Own,” is contributing a portion of its sales
September 08, 2008
“A Glove of Their Own” is about “giving back and extending friendship is written between the lines of this story; a story of kids who play with little, worn-out equipment, without coaches or concession stands, all for the love of the game,” Bob Salomon said on the book’s web site, http://www.agloveoftheirown.com/. Salomon, a father of two and Little League baseball coach, along with authors Debbie Moldovan, Keri Conkling and Lisa Funari-Willever, created the book.
Hope Comes Together to Assist Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran
July 24, 2008
Vermont National Guard Solder, Stephen Larkin of Brookfield, VT was deployed with his unit, HHC 2nd Battalion, part of Task Force Green Mountain to Iraq in 2006. During that time he received back injuries while guarding the Iraq/Kuwait border at camp Navistar. Stephen has also been diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
USA Cares Names West Texas Regional Manager
July 21, 2008
USA Cares Inc., a leading non-profit organization providing post-9/11 veterans and military families with financial support and other critical resources, has named Steven Silver to serve as its West Texas Regional Manager. USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need.
First Federal Savings Bank Holds Second Annual Golf Event
July 18, 2008
Larry J. Hawkins, Executive Vice President of First Federal Savings Bank thanked 96 golfers for coming out and supporting USA Cares today. For the second straight year First Federal sponsored a charity golf scramble to assist USA Cares in helping military families in the Fort Knox area as well as all around the USA. The event started with a “shotgun start” at 12:30 at the Lindsey Golf Course on post.
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) says “Thanks” to USA Cares
July 16, 2008
The largest and most influential association of retired military officers met at Fort Knox for their monthly meeting. On their agenda was recognition for USA Cares as MOAA Chapter President Jinx Furlough presented a check for $500 to Executive Director Bill Nelson.
Marketing Strategist David Meerman Scott assisting USA Cares Program
July 08, 2008
Online thought leadership and viral marketing strategist David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of “The New Rules of Marketing & PR,” has agreed to support USA Cares, the premier source of granted assistance for military families in the United States, and its fundraiser Share A Minute by giving advice for their marketing efforts.
Dennis Miller Kicks Off USA Cares “Share A Minute”
July 02, 2008
USA Cares has introduced a nationwide fundraising campaign called “Share A Minute.” Its goal is to finance the nonprofit organization’s ongoing efforts to provide post-9/11 veterans and military families with financial support and other critical resources. As a vocal advocate for military personnel and their families, comedian, talk radio host, author and actor Dennis Miller kicked off the effort on his national “Dennis Miller Show” on July 2.
USA Cares Names a New Key Volunteer in Georgia
June 29, 2008
Cecelia Jeffery, the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for USA Cares jumped out of her chair and shouted “She’s on fire! That woman in Georgia is just too good for words!” After the commotion had died down and other office personnel learned it was joy not tragedy that prompted the outburst, Cecelia went on to add “Jennifer Housley is a God-send. We have needed someone in Georgia and now we have the best person we could have ever imagined.”
Boonedock’s Sees Red on Fridays
June 27, 2008
A new business in Vine Grove has joined the USA Cares Red Shirt Fridays campaign to show the community it supports military families. A USA Cares Family Resource Coordinator mentioned the Red Shirt Fridays program to the Boonedock’s manager while at the restaurant, and owner Sherry Boggs immediately came out to the table with a donation. She didn’t hesitate when asked if she would be interested in joining the team. Boggs was in the Air Force, and her husband Joseph was in the Army. And they know Vine Grove is very pro military, which made the decision that much easier.
International Liasion Officers Meet at USA Cares
June 27, 2008
At a barbeque held in May of this year, a group of Fort Knox international liaison officers made an unusual request. They asked the participants from the Fort Knox Historical Community not to bring the traditional “hostess gifts” but rather to make donations to USA Cares instead.
Hardin County Water District No. 1 & Veolia Water Scramble for USA Cares
June 26, 2008
Brett Pyles, Operations Manager for the Hardin County Water District No. 1 presented a check before an assembled crowd of about 120 golfers awaiting the “Shotgun Start” of the Annual Charity Golf Scramble sponsored by Hardin County Water District No. 1 and Veolia Water. The Lindsey Golf Course at Fort Knox was the site of the event and USA Cares Executive Director Bill Nelson, accompanied by volunteers and staff members, was on hand to receive the generous proceeds.
A Patriotic Louisville Slugger Bat
June 19, 2008
A special patriotic Louisville Slugger custom bat is available at http://www.sluggergifts.com. The bat is a 34” full size adult bat with a red handle and a blue barrel. The Louisville Slugger oval, USA Cares’ logo, and engraved text are in white. It can be personalized with two lines of custom text and was created in part with Operation Slugger II, an effort to help our men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq have a little recreation. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. will donate $10.00 for every bat sold to support the mission of USA Cares in helping military families with quality of life issues and support for the troops.
Cardinal Health Supports Red Shirt Fridays
June 16, 2008
USA Cares, a Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to military families in need, today announced that Cardinal Health is the latest corporate supporter of its “Red Shirt Friday – I Care Too! campaign.
Major League Baseball Donates to USA Cares
June 06, 2008
Major League Baseball Charities teamed with the Advertising Council to create a special website called, “WELCOMEBACKVETERANS.ORG”. Its purpose is to educate Americans on the problems faced by Veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as to encourage American’s to support our troops. USA Cares is proud to be one of six organizations chosen by Major League Baseball as a recipient of the on-line and direct contributions made by baseball fans from across our Country.
USA Care Prepares for a Record Breaking Challenge
Military Families Facing a Financial and Medical Crisis
May 23, 2008
USA Cares Executive Director William H. “Bill” Nelson just returned from a weeklong conference with one of the Nation’s leading coalitions involved in Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans issues in Washington DC. “One thing was abundantly clear,” Nelson noted “the financial burdens on our military families are increasing at an alarming rate.”
A Case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
How Four Organizations Came Forward to Help a Military Family in Distress
May 06, 2008
Kentucky National Guardsman, Sergeant Mark A. Kinslow took a sniper bullet to the head on February 13th, 2007 and lived to tell about it. What he and his family did not anticipate were the lingering after-effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and possibly Traumatic Brain Injury and the difficulties they would pose in life after service
“The Thoroughbred of the Fleet” Visits an Old War Horse
Vietnam Era Veteran Meets the New Breed at USA Care HQ
May 06, 2008
William F. “Bill” Roller served on the nuclear submarine USS Daniel Webster as a nuclear weapons technician during the Vietnam era. Today the crew of the USS Kentucky, “The Thoroughbred of the Fleet” presented him with a photograph of their sub and had a good, mutually appreciative discussion of how life under the sea has changed.
Wick’s Pizza Supports the Troops with Red Shirt Friday’s – In association with USA Cares
April 29, 2008
After learning about a unique program to support the troops in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Michael Wickliffe, Owner of Wick’s Pizza did not waste time: He immediately joined the growing ranks of American’s who wear red on Friday for just this reason.
Decorated Combat Veteran Joins USA Cares
Key Volunteer in California also has a California Highway Patrol Badge
April 25, 2008
Michelle Fournier has spent almost twenty years in the United States Army including two tours of duty in Iraq. Along the way she has amassed a host of decorations including two Bronze Stars. However she is not showing any signs of slowing down and now keeps her active Army Reserve uniform in the closet and carries a California Highway Patrol badge as she starts each work day. And, on the weekends and days off, she fights to ensure that the families of the Service Members still deployed do not suffer because of their loved one’s deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan. To do this she has teamed with USA Cares as the Key Volunteer for the State of California.
Disabled American Veterans Supports the Newest Veterans
DAV Kentucky State Chapter 003 Contributes to USA Cares
April 10, 2008
With all of the things that the Disabled American Veterans do to support and assist America’s greatest living heroes, you would not think that they would stop to honor another organization. Yet last week on Friday, April 11th, three officers of the DAV Kentucky State Chapter 003 in Elizabethtown visited USA Cares to present a check and offer best wishes
Dennis Miller to Serve as USA Cares Spokesperson
Nonprofit provides quality of life assistance to military families in need
April 03, 2008
Comedian and radio show host Dennis Miller announced today that he will serve as the National Spokesperson for USA Cares, a Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to military families in need.
“I am honored to help our servicemen and women,” Miller said. “They are our warriors and they deserve to be celebrated.”
America’s Largest Veteran’s Organization issues Certificate of Recognition
March 29, 2008
The National Commander of The American Legion has presented USA Cares of Radcliff, KY with a Certificate of Recognition for its first five years of serving United States Military Service Personnel and their families.
USA Cares distributes over $265,000 in Wal-Mart Cards to families of deployed and wounded Service Personnel
March 12, 2008
USA Cares, a world-wide non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, distributes pre-paid Wal-Mart cards on an emergency basis to assist the families of deployed Military Personnel who are experiencing difficulty as the result of a loved one’s service. “The people who we supply these cards to are in immediate need of things for the family like food, fuel to get to medical appointments, work, their unit or other essentials,” said Cecilia Jeffery, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator with USA Cares. “Wiring of these cards to a store near the family allows us to respond quicker than any other mechanism we have ever used” concluding that “the availability of Wal-Mart stores and the broad line of products they have available can handle a host of situations.”
USA Cares gives $1 million in assistance in record time
March 07, 2008
With a husband suffering from lung and spine disease after his tour in Iraq, bills piling up, and seven children to care for, the military spouse was at a loss. She wasn’t sure if anyone could help them catch up on their bills while her husband awaited a lung transplant and Department of Veterans Affairs reviewed their case.
Mike “Titan” O’Hearn asks Americans to Share A Minute for Service Members
July 01, 2007
Mike O’Hearn, also known as Titan on “American Gladiators,” has joined the Share A Minute campaign: a USA Cares fundraiser to provide post-9/11 veterans and military families with financial support and other critical resources at no cost to recipients.