For most military service members stationed overseas, coming home is a joyful time. But for many who are severely wounded and focused on their recovery, new challenges often loom, including mounting expenses and extensive delays in receiving their disability benefits, and perhaps most importantly, the search for gainful employment.
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH), a 501©(3) organization, was created to help disabled veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families, gain access to the resources they need to rebuild their lives. Since 2004, the organization has provided millions of dollars in financial aid and support services to over 25,000 wounded heroes and their families.
Representing the Coalition in its latest TV PSA campaign “Bet on a Vet” are veteran actor Danny Aiello, actor Ashley Bell – who is fresh from starring in “The Marine” – and country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys. Danny Aiello and Ashley Bell deliver a timely appeal to businesses and employers to “bet on a vet” by hiring them. It is the charity’s goal that this message will encourage more employers to take advantage of the skills and discipline that veterans have developed in service to their country – important qualities they readily bring to the workplace. The Oak Ridge Boys talk about the Coalition’s beneficial programs, and also urge the public to volunteer at a VA Hospital or Medical Facility.
The Coalition has initiated several key programs to aid and assist wounded veterans and their families:
- Emergency Financial Aid helps wounded veterans and their families by covering some of their pressing basic expenses, such as mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, car repairs and insurance.
- The Heroes Thanking Heroes program offers veterans and their caregivers the chance to earn money by working in a virtual call-center environment.
- The Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute serves as a one-stop place for injured veterans and their families to learn about a multitude of services that can aid their transition and speed their healing process.
To learn more about how you can Bet on a Vet, visit the Salute America’s Heroes website.