“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
In a book I co-wrote with my daughter Kaileen, The Belief Road Map, I define financial fitness as:
… being able to financially provide for yourself and others. It includes living within your means, in alignment with your priorities, and in a way that does not put a financial strain on savings. It is being informed and educated about finances, as well as giving to charity and causes – when possible and when it resonates with your heart.
Next Tuesday is Tax Day, the day when citizens like you and me, across all these United States, report their financial fitness to the government and give their share for the collective good of the country. In 2015 we began a Tax Day Tradition of featuring a charitable organization and asking members of our beloved community to come together in support of it, giving what they can, when they can.
During an interview with Frank Shankwitz, The Wish Man, I learned about a wonderful organization helping men and women that have sacrificed by serving in the Armed Services to protect our freedom. That’s when I knew this year’s featured charity would be U.S.VETS – Prescott.
About U.S. VETS
The United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization providing services to homeless and at-risk veterans in 11 cities across five states plus Washington, D.C. and the territory of Guam. They have 21 residential facilities and nine service centers that support more than 3,000 veterans each DAY. In a year, U.S. VETS will help 3,000 veterans find homes and over 1,000 veterans obtain full-time employment. Since 1993, more than 50,000 veterans have benefited from U.S. VETS residential services, and 11,000 have found jobs.
Shockingly 34% of the homeless in Yavapai County are veterans. U.S. VETS – Prescott was established in 2003 to serve them and other at-risk veterans who have bravely served our country. The Prescott Chapter provides transitional and permanent housing and supportive services to over 1,900 veterans in need. In 2016 alone, they provided 19,637 nights of shelter and 46,281 meals to 978 veterans, with 70 veterans obtaining permanent housing, 157 served by residential programs and 57 placed into employment. U.S. VETS – Prescott can ‘Serve Those Who Served’ because of the generous support of the grateful public. When you give, you’ll be comforted to know that eighty-nine percent of every dollar goes directly to veteran services.
Help Raise Money
You can help U.S. VETS – Prescott in their mission to ‘serve those who serve’ in three ways.
- Give what you can when you can by donating directly.
- Join our Free Membership between April 12 and April 30, 2017, and Happy Living will donate $2 to U.S. VETS – Prescott.
- Share with your family and friends. Get everyone you know to give, and join, and share too – because for every new membership from April 12 through April 30, 2017, we’ll donate another $2 to U.S. VETS – Prescott.
By spreading the love far and wide, you’ll help raise lots of money to serve the brave men and women who served our country to protect our freedom.
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