Maria Di Mento writes in The Chronicle of Philanthropy about a new fund to help military families.
“Three affluent families are forming a fund with the purpose of raising $30 million to support programs that serve military veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America announced [in July].
“The families have donated more than $1 million and plan to seek contributions especially from other wealthy people, including those without personal connections to any service members.
“Philip Green, president of PDG Consulting, a health-care consultancy, and his wife, Elizabeth Cobbs, chief of geriatrics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., joined with their friends Glenn and Laurie Garland and with the Jim Stimmel family to create the fund, Mr. Green said in an interview with The Chronicle.
“The money raised for the new Veterans Support Fund will be funneled to five nonprofits that help returning service members and their families.” Read more.
I think it’s interesting that the donors are reaching out to those who have not been personally touched by the wars to solicit funds. On a blog at work we were just discussing the fact that so many men and women were risking their lives, their families’ stability, and their mental health for the last ten years while so many of the rest of us were mostly untouched.
Hats off to these philanthropists! It’s one thing to see the unequal contributions of Americans. It’s another to do something about it.
Photograph: Sarah Conard/Reuters/File
Sgt. Audrey Johnsey (left) greets Sfc. Joshua Herbig (right), who she served with in Afghanistan, during the Welcome Home Heroes Parade in St. Louis in January.