A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF VMLC

The VMLC helps Veterans who are “on the verge” --- on the verge of being homeless, on the verge of becoming financially broken, on the verge of becoming jobless, and in some cases on the verge of suicide. 
 
In the case of aircraft crashes there are always a multitude of factors, that when added together, result in a tragedy:  Perhaps there was bad weather.   Perhaps there was pilot error – an action or decision (or failure to make a decision) on the part of the pilot that led to the accident. Perhaps there was poor pilot training, a lack of experience, and fatigue involved? Perhaps there was a mechanical failure of some type much like the aircraft that USAF Veteran and US Airways pilot “Sully” Sullenberger landed in the Hudson River off Manhattan after both engines were disabled by a bird strike. Perhaps there were other human errors on the part of air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and maintenance engineers?
 
The bottom line is it is rarely just one factor which plays into the catastrophic disasters that have occurred in aviation history. It is often several of these factors taken together that caused the accident. Can you imagine if just one of those factors was removed? Would the accident have occurred?
 
The VMLC is there to make sure our Veterans remove a factor that can cause them to spiral into a catastrophic situation. Through no fault of their own our Veterans sometimes fall into situations where they are unable to pay their rent --- we step in to give a “hand up” to prevent homelessness. Sometimes they fall into a situation where they are unable to get to their site of employment because of a disabled vehicle – we step in to give a “hand up”, repair their vehicle and keep them employed. Sometimes our Veterans fall into situations where they are unable to interview for jobs because they can’t afford to pay their cell phone bill or Internet fees – we step in to give a “hand up” so they can find a job and be self-sufficient. As you can imagine, there are many other factors that can cause a Veteran difficulty – and VMLC steps in to give our Veteran a “hand up.”
 
 There are times when a Veteran cannot see anything good in their life; they have unintentional, unwanted, blinders on at a time when everything seems to be going wrong and they find themselves on the verge of suicide. The VMLC is not equipped to handle these very traumatic situations, so we sponsor Post Traumatic Growth Training at Boulder Crest Retreat in Sonoita, Arizona. An institution specializing in supporting the very Warriors who have seen the worst of humanity.
 
 There are moments in history where all that was needed to prevent the plane from crashing in the first place was an intervention to stop just one of the factors. This is why VMLC exists – to prevent just one of the factors in order to prevent a tragedy. Thank you for your donation to help us help our Veterans “on the verge” which allows them to “keep flying” and to have “safe landings.” 
 
Hope to see you at our 19th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon on November 10th.
LANGUAGE OF HEROES - MUSIC SPEAKS

 
April Manchester-Miller is the voice that sets the tone for the Heroes Patriotic Luncheon. She takes us from our daily concerns and binds us together in song. Our heroes and their service to our country become the focus of the day.
 
Music is a tradition for the military, a language all its own. Through history the lonely bugle speaks, in war and peace, no matter what the uniform. Reveille, charge, retreat and taps, the age old universal language.
 
The sound of a harmonica rendition of Shenandoah, played by a hero, heard by and requested by some as far away as the jungles of Vietnam, was a soulful connection to home.
 
April will close out the 2021 Heroes Patriotic Luncheon as we are called to support our troops during our annual VMLC luncheon.
 
 
Listen as the music speaks!

Sponsors and Donors with the action of VMLC volunteers have helped many Veterans “See the Light at the End of the Tunnel.” Feel proud that in some way you can be part/or have been part of this worthy group.

Thank You.    
COWGIRLS & QUILTS - JOIN US

 
When you join the Veterans Medical Leadership Council for our annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon you will be welcomed by a group of Cowgirls. Yes, the VMLC is supported year to year by the most beautiful Cowgirls in the West. They are members of The Cowgirls Historical Foundation. They have long been part of the VMLC day of honor for Patriots and Heroes.
 
The Cowgirls help with small details in a large way throughout the day. They will help you find our popular raffle baskets which feature travel, sports and a much anticipated item “THE QUILT.”
 
Each year Quilters Anonymous of Litchfield Park provide a quilt for raffle in honor of heroes past and present, those serving and have served our country. The quilt has a patriotic theme and is pieced together and made by hand with special threads of caring which bind us together as patriots.
 
The quilt is an important part of the support for our Returning Warriors Program. A “hands on” gift for our “Hand Up” help for heroes.
 
JOIN US!
AMBASSADOR VOLUNTEERS - ARIZONA

 
We hear about Ambassadors being assigned around the world. The VMLC has filled such Positions for the upcoming Heroes Patriotic Luncheon with assignment Arizona.
 
The job description is short and vital. Fill a table with friends and business associates, joining The VMLC salute to Heroes and Patriots. No need to pack up and serve around the world.
 
Our noble Patriot Ambassadors for 2021 are:

Denise Brittain
Tammy Fellows
Gary & Pam Fitzgerald
Sue Glawe
Bob & Cheryl Glovitz
Dennis & Karen McComb
Betty McRae
Molly Stockley
 
VMLC Ambassadors tend to return for duty, year after year. We are grateful for their loyal support which includes funding for the Returning Warriors Program, “a hand up.”
 
We salute your service to VMLC and best of all you will be with us at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona on November 10th.
 
Remember this, No Term Limits! Join them in 2022.
TESTIMONIALS
 
VMLC was a huge contribution to my Veteran’s ability to maintain his housing. In addition to experiencing hardship due to the 2020 pandemic, this Veteran also went through personal hardships that deterred him from being able to maintain his housing. Without the help of VMLC, this Veteran would not be able to still reside in his current apartment. With the help of this program, the Veteran is able to continue to meet his goals and excel.


VMLC was a huge contribution to my Veteran’s ability to maintain his housing. In addition to experiencing hardship due to the 2020 pandemic, this Veteran also went through personal hardships that deterred him from being able to maintain his housing. Without the help of VMLC, this Veteran would not be able to still reside in his current apartment. With the help of this program, the Veteran is able to continue to meet his goals and excel.
Please join us Wednesday November 10th at 10:45am MST
For more information about this year's luncheon
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DONATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Send check to:
VMLC Charities, 16930 E. Palisades Blvd., #103-A, Fountain Hill, AZ 85268

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