The Homeland Heroes Foundation is based out of Salem, NH and does incredible work helping Veterans who are acclimating to civilian life after active duty and helping their families to get back on their feet. Some of the amazing things the organization does is to provide furniture, new mattresses and box springs, gas and food cards, and housing support for Veterans among many other things. The foundation also seeks to make connections with Veterans and local establishments to assist with networking and employment resources. They provide ongoing support and aid for veterans and their families as trials come and go.
In 2020, Swim With a Mission donated $20,000 to Vouchers for Veterans. There are many Veterans receiving no VA benefits at all through no fault of their own. 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. Vouchers for Veterans is 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 $15,000 received from Swim With A Mission in previous years 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.
To date Swim With A Mission has donated $35,000 to Vouchers for Veterans.
In 2020, Swim With A Mission presented Veterans Count (a program of Easterseals NH) with a check for $1,120,225 to provide resources, programs and services to veterans, service members and their families to combat homelessness and mental health issues made worse by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Easterseals Military and Veterans Services, in conjunction with Veterans Count, developed a one-of-a-kind program which has a proven track record of helping service members and their families with a wide range of family, personal and financial needs. To date Swim With A Mission has given $1,310,275 to Veterans Count.