Vouchers for Veterans
There are many Veterans receiving no VA benefits at all through no fault of their own. They may have served during a time not considered a War Time Period, or they make too much money to be considered for health benefits. Then there are the Vietnam Veterans that separated without a documented service-related illness and now, years later, are tasked with proving that it is related prior to treatment. With this said, Vouchers for Veterans wants every Veteran to know, that the County in which they reside in NH, acknowledges their sacrifices and thanks them for their service. Albeit a small token of appreciation in comparison for what they have done for us, Vouchers for Veterans thanks each Veteran for their service by giving them $20.00 in vouchers, each week, in September, for making fresh and nutritious purchases at a designated Farmers Market within their county.
We are currently serving three of the 10 New Hampshire Counties and York County Maine.
Besides the fresh and nutritious foods being offered by local farmers and growers, the clean and healthy atmosphere of a local farmers market tends to be the perfect location to gather Veterans together. They are proudly wearing hats identifying their branch and era. We often see two old Veterans sitting at a table with similar hats. You can tell by their expressions and tears in their eyes, they are telling their story, sometimes for the first time.
The following week when they come back, they are often with their new buddy. Vouchers for Veterans also has someone on hand from Veteran Services in Manchester to help them navigate the VA System and get them headed in the right direction. It’s a day for celebrating our American heroes. When they leave the market, they leave feeling validated and grateful.
The $15,000 received from Swim With A Mission provided 750, twenty dollar vouchers to Veterans attending the markets. It provided $15,000 more revenue to our struggling farmers and the money stays right here in our community. It’s win/win/win or as I call it, a circle of love.
In Strafford County alone we gave out $14,500 dollars in vouchers, and we would like to be in all 10 counties by 2026 . Vouchers for Veterans wants every Veteran living in NH, to know the community in which they reside acknowledges their sacrifice and is thankful for their service.
Vouchers for Veterans is comprised of all unpaid volunteers trying to make a difference.