The well known non-profit, Help Heal Veterans (Heal Vets), which works to help military veterans improve their mental health and well-being by providing them with different kinds of therapeutic craft kits, has awarded Arise Veteran Foundation, its Partner of the Year accolade. In addition to this, Southwest Airlines, received its co-Partner of the Year award.
To date, their combined contributions have involved salvaging 80,000 pounds of materials, all of which would have ended up in landfills. Amazingly, this has generated more than $1.1 million worth of retail kit value , and was the result of donations from Southwest Airline’s and the Arise Veteran’s Foundation’s donations of foam and leather from seats, which would have just been dis-guarded.
This action has meant a whopping 37,805 kits going to veterans in need. Joe McClain, the Chief Executive Officer of Help Heal Veterans, noted: “These numbers could not be achievable without our gracious donors. We are thankful to Arise Veteran Foundation, because of them we can fulfill our mission of helping heal veteran’s year in and year out”.
Helping Mental Health, Positivity, Well-Being & the Environment
Because of such generosity, Help Heal Veterans is able to fulfill an environmental policy which homes in on waste minimalization, and safeguards our environment. By upcycling donors’ material which would normally just add to America’s never ending landfill waste, the organization is playing its role in sustainable living. Moreover, it sets a precedent for manufacturers to achieve substantial, long-lasting social outcomes and improvements.
Dr. Kendall Brune, FACHCA , Arise Veteran Foundation’s President and Chairman, stated: “Help Heal Veterans is the Strategic Partner we needed to achieve our nation-wide plan to serve veterans and their families. We are excited, honored and look forward to enhancing our partnership with HHV”.
More About Arise Veteran Foundation
Based in Saint Louis Mo, this first-class organization works with homeless veterans and their families to help them deal with mental health issues, ageing, incubation housing and employment opportunities. Its partnership with Southwest airlines means that virtually every part of decommissioned air planes can be recycled, and/or repurposed by veteran owned companies and veterans. In fact, the Arise Veteran Foundation: “will even be able to make unique Art are furniture from the materials recycled. These sculptures and furniture will become a job incubation program to get homeless veterans back to work and help them use art therapy for mental health treatment”.
Further Info on Help Heal Veterans
The roots of this outstanding not-for-profit organization, go back to the time of the Vietnam War. It takes pride in providing injured American service people and veterans, complementary arts-and-crafts kits. In many cases: “these kits become part of the patient’s treatment plan, providing a creative outlet for stress and boredom and a way to rebuild confidence
and self-esteem. Help Heal Veterans has distributed more than 29 million kits since 1971 from hundreds of craft categories”.