Memorial day is coming up, it’s a change for GovLoop to honor the servicemen and women charged with protecting the United States by featuring someone from a foundation or program which aims to assist soldiers and veterans every day this week.
Our first feature is Sandy Lehmkuhler, founder and executive director of the Warrior Foundation. Lehmkuhler spoke with Chris Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER about what the Warrior Foundation is doing to give a hand up not a hand out.
The Warrior Foundation is a project which helps get veterans back on their feet. It started in 2004 when it was found out that warriors needed razors during Christmas, and the mission has grown and developed since then.
The foundation works with four groups of soldiers:
- They work with the seriously injured where they help reunite the warrior with their family members.
- Soldiers suffering from PTSD. The Warrior Foundation provides warriors from this group with materials to help with their recovery.
- Those that aren’t sick enough to be in a hospital, but who also aren’t well enough to go back to their unit. This group is provided with many quality of life items.
- Soldiers who are no longer able to stay in the military and need help transitioning to live in the United States.
The Warrior Foundation is a 501c3 in which nobody take a salary, so all of the money goes directly to the soldiers who can benefit from their efforts. The foundation raises money through their website, by contacting potential donors, and working with other foundations. Since 2004 $8.7 million has been raised for warriors and the foundation has made sure to pinch every penny.