Combined Federal Campaign 2015
A participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world's largest and most successful workplace giving campaign. Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, its mission is to provide federal employees with an opportunity to better their communities by contributing to causes they care about. The Federal Government's Office
of Personnel and Management (OPM) vets all 501©3 non-profits and organizes on site events where federal employees can meet charities first hand. In Los Angeles County, approximately 2,000 charities participate in CFC. In 2014, WHOA ranked in the top 25 in donor contributions in LA County; fourth in Military related charities after Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, and Fisher House Foundation - not bad for a grassroots organization!
We believe the reason for this success is simply that we work really hard and try to speak to as many people as possible about what we do and the challenges our wounded vets face.
What seems to resonate with federal employees is our hands on approach and focus on the entire family.
IF YOU, A FRIEND, OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY ARE A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, PLEASE CONSIDER WOUNDED HEROES OF AMERICA FOR YOUR NEXT CFC CONTRIBUTION # 99918
Any federal employee irrespective of what city or state they are from can now choose Wounded Heroes of America for a donation through CFC and payroll deduction. Thank you for your support!
Click here to see where we stand in the field of over 2000 charities.
Message from the President
I would like people to know is that our warriors, in many cases, are struggling. They leave us as barely children. Many fresh out of high school and so often come back to us unrecognizable - war harded veterans. Many return with injured brains as well as injured minds. They return as amputees or blind, as paraplegics . . . all sorts of life changing injuries. Most people never get to really see their struggles.
Many are stuck living in a world completely dependent on a massive bureaucracy, the VA system. Once they come back, especially the combat wounded, many experience great struggles with depression, loneliness and isolation. Their memory might not be what it used to be, nor their comprehension for that matter. These conditions make it very difficult to obtain good, or any employment. They are not yet thirty and many already feel useless. Worse, is that they have the feeling people don't care about the sacrifice they have made and continue to make daily. Many turn to drinking, drugging - to a boring no-future life. Sometimes they give up on their dreams altogether which is the saddest of all. Suicide is always a real concern. Some end up in shelters, some with DUIs, others with appointments at the VA two to three times a week.
A typical complaint we hear is "I hate some of the medication I'm given - It turns me into a zombie unable to function." While this is not the rule, it is not the exception either. We need your help to create an environment where veterans can always get emergency assistance, where we have a constant fellowship, and where we build strong partnerships with community leaders and bring them together as often as possible to create an extended family that learns to care for each other.
"The only time I feel like laughing and joking is when I'm with my brothers. The ones that have been in combat - I feel safe there." Please help us continue this work.