What a challenging year 2020 has been. While so much has changed and uncertainty abounds we still have so much to be thankful for. I know I feel very fortunate with the support so many of you have given us, and held our mission as close to your heart as we have. I continue to be humbled by your partnerships and commitment to us. I am not surprised by it though. Our Troops and Veterans deserve the support we can lend them. When I started Defenders of Freedom it was because I believed that most people do support our Troops, many just don't know how to do it. I thought we could be an avenue to connect the community to our Troops. It has been very heart warming for me to see the generosity of so many over the years. We have changed many lives and saved quite a few. Thank you for partnering with us! We are doing great work!
We have shifted our focus to what we believe is the most neglected area for Post 9/11 Veterans; treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is the signature wound of the wars from Afghanistan and Iraq, yet little is being done to treat the brain. We believe it is one of the biggest contributors to the suicide rate among Post 9/11 combat Veterans. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, TBI is a significant health issue which affects service members and veterans during times of both peace and war. It is estimated to have affected 400,000 service members since 2000.
In 2020 here is how you made a difference:
$344,342.19 - 47 changed lives through brain treatment
$33,740.40 in emergency financial assistance
$30, 883.79 in morale support
All the lives we touched this year have been impacted by your generosity!