Helping Veterans and their Families Recover at Home
Chuck Howe - Angel Fire, NM
Post-traumatic stress disorder can make transitioning back to civilian life a difficult process for veterans returning home from service, and for their loved ones. Chuck Howe—a veteran, himself—provides a healing environment for couples at the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center in Angel Fire, where they can open up about their anxieties and begin to recover.
After a Lifetime of Service, Giving Back at Home and Abroad
Edgar DeLong - Virginia Beach, VA
Edgar DeLong has been going full speed since age 15, when he lied about his age to enlist in the Navy. So when he retired after 26 years of service, he dove head-first into volunteering to keep himself busy. Now, people across the United States—and even overseas—are benefiting from his work.
Sending “Hugs” to Troops
Karen Stark - Edmond, OK
For troops serving overseas in dangerously hot climates, a cooling tie around their neck can be a lifesaver. The ties—or “hugs”— help them avoid heat stroke as they battle extreme heat in heavy uniforms and gear.
Sending Books to Troops Through Operation Paperback
Kerry Robertson - Seacoast, NH
We loved the idea that we could send books to troops deployed overseas through the non-profit ‘Operation Paperback.’ In the last year, Webster at Rye has shipped more than 400 books through the project.