A group of families have come together to raise funds for Veteran support organizations, through the efforts of Glenn Garland, president of Texas-based energy optimization company CLEAResult; Philip Green, president of Washington health care consulting firm PDG Consulting; and Jim Stimmel, executive vice president of CLEAResult, and their families, who have teamed up to establish the Veteran Support Fund.
The goal of Veteran Support Fund is to raise at least $30 million for the benefit of the following Veteran support organizations: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Operation Mend, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Operation Homefront, and the National Military Family Association.
Supporting Veterans is something that is not surprising for someone like Glenn Garland, who is himself a Veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He knows all too well the physical and emotional scars that combat Veterans deal with when they come home, and he would like to help ensure that the new generation of Veterans coming home from war is able to receive all the help they need.
Speaking at an event announcing the launch of the Veteran Support Fund, Garland said: “In the last 10 to 20 years, it was pretty easy for Americans to overlook the contributions made by those veterans… Every successful person in this country has enjoyed their success because of the sacrifice of someone else.”
The Veteran Support Fund will accept donations of any amount, although its founders intend to reach out to a specific audience: families who make more than $250,000 a year, as well as families who do not have children who have served in the military.