Assisting Veterans in a Number of Ways


By Debbie Gregory.

Part of what we do here at is connecting our audience with great companies and non-profit organizations that work to make life better for those who serve, veterans, and their loved ones. We are not at all surprised that the vast majority of the organizations we work with are founded and run by veterans or military/veteran family members.

For the Troops is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing members of the American military with “We Care” packages containing basic necessities, goodies, games and—most of all—a show of support. In 2005, founder Paula Cornell realized that her husband had forgotten to brush his teeth. When she pointed this out to him, he said, “It’s no big deal, I didn’t brush my teeth for a year in Vietnam.” He went on to tell her that he also went without other comforts, such as toilet paper. Paula felt a deep need to help American freedom fighters obtain everyday comforts that civilians take for granted, and For the Troops was born.

Sword & Plough is a socially conscious brand that works with American manufacturers who employ veterans. The company recycles military surplus, incorporates that fabric into stylish bag designs, and donates 10% of profits back to veteran organizations. Founded by Army 1st Lt. Emily Nunez Cavness and her sister, Sword & Plough has grown from a humble Kickstarter campaign to a successful small business.

Prior to being cast as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” villain Kylo Ren, Marine veteran Adam Driver was bridging the cultural gap between the Armed Forces and the performing arts communities through his nonprofit Arts in the Armed Forces.

Former Army Ranger Nick Watson started VetEx — Veteran Expeditions — because he knew more fellow former troops needed to experience the power of the mountains. “I realized when I was climbing, all I thought about was climbing. That focus is addicting. It’s a like a drug, a very good drug, and I was definitely hooked,” said Watson. Since launching in 2010, VetEx has transformed 1,500 veterans into mountaineers

Volunteers from the Colorado Aviation Business Association, led by Army veteran Mike Straka, team up each year with Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Precision Flight Team to deliver toys and food to veterans’ families in remote reaches of the state.

Navy vet Jack Maxfield is a counselor at the Silicon Valley Chapter of SCORE. They have been offering free workshops and seminars to National Guard and Reserve troops and veterans in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 3 years. Their consultant services are free, and more information can be found on their website at

Military Connection salutes and proudly serves veterans and service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve,  and their families.

Military Connection: Playing for a Cause


By Debbie Gregory.

Since its inception in 2005, For The Troops, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been dedicated to providing American military troops with “We Care” packages.

For The Troops has distributed more than 100,000 packages to our service members overseas. Every package contains basic necessities, goodies, games, but most importantly, a show of support from home.

What started on a small scale, with the desire to ensure that our service members would have access to everyday comforts that we all take for granted, has grown into a community-wide undertaking.

Thanks to the generous donation of time and effort, the all-volunteer crew can be found at the organization’s storefront office in Simi Valley, CA, packing boxes of donated items. Volunteers consisting of students, seniors and other individuals also handwrite letters to make sure that each box is personalized for the recipient.

Volunteers also serve at fundraising events, such as the annual military tribute gala and annual golf tournament. This Monday, June 1, marks the 5th Annual Heroes Golf Tournament at Moorpark Country Club.

Everyone is invited to try their luck on the ball drop raffle, with tickets priced at $10 each, 3 for $25, or 13 for $100. The lucky grand prize winner will receive two first class Delta Air Lines tickets to Maui, with a four night stay at the Four Seasons Resort, as well as $1,000 spending money. The prize also includes a Limo to and from LAX!

For anyone interested in playing in the tournament or donating a round to a U.S. Veteran, please contact Tony DiRaimondo at 213 820-3811. Awards dinner attendees will also be able to participate in the silent and live auctions.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. But hurry, because June 1st will be here before you know it!

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Military Connection: Playing for a Cause: By Debbie Gregory