Services for Community
- Veteran population employee educational workshops
- Corporate patriotic events
- Veteran population church/social workshops
Community Support Program
Our Community Support Program is a vital network that assists Veterans with injuries. Companies, churches, business groups and other nonprofits are looking for ways to assist their own family members and friends that have served. By focusing on community support outreach, we strengthen efforts for Veterans with injuries. When a Veteran suffers, we all suffer. Whether it is an absent employee, a non-engaged family member, or a missing church or social group member, the potential talent becomes a wasted opportunity. When a disabled Veteran ends up homeless, addicted to substance, or perhaps suicidal, there is a greater responsibility for the rest of us. We educate everyone on the importance of understanding military service and promote civic responsibility so that Veterans no longer feel alone.
Testimonial from our Community Support Program Participant(Isaac A., 18 years old) 12/03/17
“I’ve always had a passion for honoring and serving those who’ve put their lives on the line for our country and our freedom, but felt stuck in regards to my ability to impact and inspire our wonderful soldiers. I knew these Veterans were hurting but didn’t know how to help, and for me, conscientiousness alone just didn’t cut it. Actions always speak louder than words. I had to hold myself to a higher standard. Thankfully I was able to spend a week with Alec’s Angel nonprofit organization for Vets and really immerse myself into the daily lives of these humble heroes. I was able to talk with them, eat with them, even be in a parade with them, and listen to the many stories they told (Vets make for great storytellers by the way)!
The week I spent with Alec’s Angel changed my perspective, to say the least. Though the predicament many of our nation’s veterans are in serious and at times disconcerting, seeing the work this organization is doing to actually better the lives of Veterans gives me hope for the future. I’m sure most of us have had the occasional secondhand “Thank you for your service” thought during a day of remembrance such as Veteran’s day or Memorial Day, but actually interacting with a Veteran in person will change your perspectives on what the true meanings of honor, courage, sacrifice and freedom are. These men and women are human beings just like us; They have made great sacrifices physically, mentally and emotionally and need our love, care and attention more than we may realize, or else they become further stigmatized and neglected.
The worst thing that can happen for a Veteran is for them to feel like their sacrifices were in vain and that their voices fall on deaf ears. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that depression and mental instability is a constant battle for Veterans, and one they cannot and should not fight it alone. The war is not over even if their deployment is. Talk to them. Play games with them. Ask them about all the stories they have. See if they’re lacking medical care. Find out their needs. This is the least we can do to show honor and respect where honor and respect is due, and frankly the Veterans aren’t the only ones you’re helping. I guarantee that you will not come out of an encounter with a Veteran and not have a new perspective on life or just a little more gratitude in your heart, and you never know but even just one encounter could save a life! Freedom is what allows us to and love, and love is what makes the world go round. Let us to the best of our ability make sure that these brave defenders of freedom are never forgotten!”