"Know Your Org" is an informational series designed to spotlight some of the wonderful organizations in our community. This month we are highlighting the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund.
November is a time to remember our military veterans and to sincerely thank them for their service. For Dr. Lynn Phillips, Executive Director of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, every day is an opportunity to thank a soldier and show them gratitude through the fund’s support and assistance. Those who are injured or become ill from serving in the line of duty and are in need of assistance are the reason that this exemplary nonprofit exists.
A Mission to Help
The statistics showing hardships for wounded soldiers are staggering. A recent survey by the Wounded Warrior Project found that six in 10 wounded and disabled veterans struggle to make ends meet. In addition, it is estimated that there are over 35,000 homeless vets in the United States who are in need of shelter and assistance as well. These numbers clearly illustrate the difficulties that many soldiers face after returning from service and many of them struggle for the rest of their lives.
The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) was founded by Dr. Phillip’s family’s company as a way to give back to those who have served their country. Their mission is to provide support and assistance to Michigan-based soldiers in need. Founded in 2006, the FWSF is a volunteer run 501(c) and has a 97% giving rate. The fund can be thought of as a financial emergency room, assisting between 300 to 400 vets per year and distributing $4,900,000 since its inception.
Since no one’s situation is the same, the FWSF looks at all circumstances individually and helps solve many complex problems. Many of the veterans helped have had their living expenses, including food and housing, covered while they are in treatment for their illness or injury. Spouses of veterans who are not covered under VA benefits are also assisted. The work to help veterans in need can be time consuming and difficult and may include coordinating with the Veterans Affairs office or other county benefits.
Canton Veterans Dormitory
The Fallen and Wounded Warriors Fund operates a transient living center and dormitory in the Village Arts Factory in Cherry Hill Village for up to six veterans at a time. The dormitory provides a safe and affordable home for soldiers to recover and is a fully functioning place to live and rehabilitate.
How to Get Involved
There are a number of ways to help the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund reach their goal to help as many soldiers in need as possible. Donations on their website are accepted at all times in addition to attending other fundraising events. For more information, contact the FWSF.