Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Veterans Passport to Hope Update


Veterans Passport To Hope Supporting Our Heroes 2nd Annual Gala – October 10th, 2013

Denver, CO, Monday, September 23, 2013Navigating veteran resources and the complexities of the Veterans Affairs system, which is in the midst of an overwhelming backlog, can be a daunting and overwhelming task.  However, it isn’t just the veterans themselves who struggle with this burden.  Families, friends, spouses, and significant others are also affected.   A prime example of this is Becky Hinkhouse, who knows the effects of war, back on the home front, better than most. 

On October 9, 2005, her soon to be husband and 12 others traveling in a small convoy were hit on the right side with an improvised explosive device. Her fiancé’s vehicle was in the middle. The explosion killed the Marine sitting next to him, and 4 other soldiers were injured.  U.S. Marine L Cpl. Kade Hinkhouse sustained the worst of the injuries including a traumatic brain injury, shrapnel in his shoulder, an open leg wound, and two collapsed lungs. He and the other four injured Marines were taken to the Baghdad hospital, where the medical staff stabilized Kade and amputated his right leg at the knee.

Mrs. Hinkhouse, the 2013 Gala’s keynote speaker, brings to light the effects felt by those in and around our wounded veteran’s lives.  From dealing with paperwork filing and scheduling appointments, to maintaining their home while not being able to visit  Kade as he began his recovery in medical facilities, Becky is truly an ambassador when it comes to offering a glimpse of what it is like to endure through a wounded warrior’s battle from a spouse’s perspective.

Veterans Passport To Hope believes that it is the responsibility of all Americans to participate in assisting the men and women who have returned home from multiple war zones over the past twelve years and are doing more than their part.  The Veterans Passport To Hope Annual Gala, presented by Fred and Jana Bartlit and sponsored by the Anschutz Foundation, raises awareness about the issues veterans and their families face as well as supports local central Colorado charities that embody the mission of serving our veteran community.  The local benefactors of the 2013 Supporting Our Heroes Gala are Project Sanctuary, The Home Front Cares, and Vail Veterans Program.

"I believe that we have a three to five year window to help our young veterans.  In order to ensure successful transition and healthy lives, it will take more than the V.A.  It is going to take entire communities throughout the United States, coming together, creating resources, volunteering, and placing veterans as well as their families’ needs as a priority.”, said Shane Schmutz, Executive Director Veterans Passport To Hope.

This is a difficult time for our central Colorado veteran community.  Together we can make a difference by ensuring our veterans community not only has every opportunity (which they have earned through years of service to their country) afforded to them, but also has access to the necessary resources to continue their mission towards a successful transition to civilian life.  Help do your part and attend the 2013 Supporting Our Heroes Gala at Wings Over The Rockies on October 10, 2013.

About Veterans Passport To Hope, The 2013 Supporting Our Heroes Gala, and The Colorado Resource Portal For Veterans
Founded in 2011, Veterans Passport To Hope’s mission consists of three main focus areas:  Awareness, Fund-Raising, and Cooperation.
AWARENESS:  VP2H’s Primary mission is to raise awareness within the Colorado area about the issues Veterans face:  Multiple tours in combat zones, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), high unemployment rate, high homelessness rate, high divorce rate, and a record high suicide rate.  As the military mission winds down in Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans reintegrate themselves into civilian society, we believe that this awareness will foster an understanding of their efforts and compassion for their struggle.

FUND-RAISING:  VP2H’s secondary mission is to raise money for Veteran friendly non-profits. Through due diligence and research, we organize fund raising events, which support local, Veteran friendly non-profits. We only support high quality charities that maximize their accountability to veteran’s causes and are transparent in their fund raising and giving practices.

COOPERATION:  VP2H’s tertiary mission is to act as a rallying point for other Veteran friendly non-profits. Our goal is to organize and conduct meetings with the leadership teams of these groups within the Colorado area with the goal of finding ways for us to work together more efficiently. We believe that by working together and by sharing ideas, we can reduce competition between non-profit groups and more efficiently and more effectively help Veterans.
The Executive Director of VP2H, Shane Schmutz, is available for interviews about the mission of Veterans Passport To Hope, the 2013 Supporting Our Heroes Gala, and The Colorado Resource Portal For Veterans.
Contact: Jay Lobins, Public Relations/Media Liaison

Veterans Passport To Hope (VP2H)
4949 South Syracuse Street
Suite 340

Contact: Shane Schmutz , Executive Director
(303) 549-9691

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