On Thursday, August 18, 2016, advisers, sponsors, and supporters of the National Association of American Veterans, Inc., along with sponsors and collaborative partnering agencies and volunteers, participated in NAAV’s BBQ for Wounded Warriors and their family members residing in Building 62 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Warrior Family Coordination Center in Bethesda, Maryland. NAAV’s BBQ was held at the USO Warrior and Family Center at WRNMMC.
Since 2005 the NAAV has provided support for severely injured service members, disabled Veterans, and their family members. NAAV offers avenues for service members, military caregivers, combat Veterans, and their families to address the issues they face while in recovery and transition to life after their injuries and while seeking employment in a workforce outside the military.
By offering educational, financial resources, housing, employment, post-traumatic stress counseling referrals, and assistance to service members, Veterans, and their spouses, NAAV assures our constituents that they will receive the most current information on where to find emergency financial resources and legal, housing, and employment assistance, and receive the support they need during their job and housing searches. NAAV will work to bring together military job seekers and military-friendly employers to place them in meaningful employment and entrepreneurial business ventures.
Military Caregiver Support and Assistance
In 2008 NAAV provided the outline and text for the Quick Series Guide to Healthy Caregiving published by Quick Series and based on NAAV’s president and chief executive officer Constance A. Burns’s caregiving experience and work with military caregivers and the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors in 2007.
NAAV provided free copies of the Guide to Healthy Caregiving to military caregivers attending NAAV’s BBQ along with literature about relationship building, coping with changes in family dynamics, spiritual wellness, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, depression, physical fitness booklets, and the most effective information about caregiver-specific resources and educational materials from NAAV. NAAV presented over 14 complimentary gift certificates for weekend resort and hotel stay, spa gift card, and other interesting free getaways. Additionally, NAAV provided information about Veterans’ claims and benefits, and SafeLink wireless phone applications for Wounded Warriors and their family members.
Top sponsors for the NAAV BBQ event included the PNC Place, Washington, DC; David J. Coleman, Music Is My Life, LLC, Washington, DC; TechAnax LLC, Montclair, VA; Bubbles Productions, LLC, Bowie, MD; Cunningham Caterers, Fort Washington, MD; Xerox Corporation and Foundation; TracFone Wireless, Inc.; and Honda of North America, Inc.
Partnering agencies and organizations included the PNC Place, Washington, DC; Silver Spring Vet Center, Silver Spring, MD; and USO Warrior and Family Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
Special thanks to companies who provided complimentary gift certificates, including the National Conference Center, Leesburg, VA; Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC; Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA; Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA; Visit Norfolk, Norfolk, VA; St. Michaels Inn, St. Michaels, MD; Hyatt Place, Washington, DC/White House; Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, DC; Robert Andrew, The Salon and Spa, Gambrills, MD; Reston Limousine, Dulles, VA; Corner Baker Café, 18th and PA Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. is committed to American Veterans, American Wounded Warriors, and their family members. With over 11 years of service, NAAV has raised capital through fundraising events, corporate sponsorship, individual donations, and collaboration with other Veterans and private associations.