Disabled Veterans Wish Foundation of Indiana Seeks Grant Support
by David Hall
(Mitchell, Indiana, USA)
Gene has Cancer, receiving his wish of a shower
This is David Hall, president and founder of Disabled Veterans Wish Foundation of Indiana (DVWF/IN).
I am 51 years old, married, and I have one boy who's in his first year of college.
In February 2011, I received an Associates Degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Presently I am attending Indiana Tech for a BA degree in Business Management.
I served in the National Guards for six years and a year in the Naval Reserves.
My son has polycystic kidney disease and at the age of 14, he received a wish from Kids Wish Network, which allowed us to go to Disneyworld in Florida.
That four-day trip was a high moment in his life, just when he needed it.
This inspired me to create DVWF/IN when my friend, a Navy Veteran, received word January 2009 that he had Cancer.
With all his trouble with not getting his VA Benefits, his wish was a family and friend get-together. It was the most successful, and very emotional wish he received. He died January 2010.
I'm looking for a grant of $500,000 for Disabled Veterans Wish Foundation of Indiana.
I'll use the grant to operate, hire staff (mostly disabled veterans), buy office equipment and pay other operating expenses.
Disabled Veterans Wish Foundation is set up like a wish organization for children. DVWF/IN gives wishes to disabled and terminally ill veterans to show them gratitude for their service.
There are many organizations that provide disabled veterans with services such as counseling, therapy, medicine and so on.
DVWF/IN does not provide a service unless it is the veteran's wish. DVWF/IN provides a want, something that is not a necessity, like a little fishing boat, a golf cart, or a trip for relaxing, something that will make them forget about their troubles for a little while.
In 2010 and 2011, DVWF/IN received donations totaling $20,000 from Verizon, Duke Energy and others.
In 2010, we gave three wishes. In 2011, we gave 15 wishes totaling a little over $14,000.
Our future goal is to go national.
Visit our Web site: www.disabledvetwish.org
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