Programs and Services
As part of our streamlined effort to have an immediate, direct and meaningful impact on the quality of life for our ill, injured and wounded veterans and their families, USASOA has established several successful programs and services which are relevant to the ongoing and ever changing needs of our wounded and the veteran community.
The overriding dynamic of USASOA is the care of all veterans. In maintaining a direct relationship with our overarching core mission, the following programs and services that we provide ensure the essential health benefits for veterans and their families. Raising awareness for the many, multi-faceted needs of our wounded and their families, as well as our entire veteran community, requires strategic alliances and organizational competence as well as a firm commitment to ensuring that our mission will always
The USASOA Wounded Defenders of Freedom Fund - Providing For The Essential Needs Of Our Ill, Injured And Wounded Veterans And Their Families.
When we are contacted for assistance by a wounded veteran or family member, we immediately assess their most urgent need for food, shelter, heat, utilities, or other basic goods or services. Within hours of being contacted, we provide the essentials needed to ensure the physical safety and well-being of the veteran and/or family. Through the use of electronic grocery store cards we provide food and basic staples. When the veteran is located in a rural area or has transportation difficulties in reaching a store, we provide that veteran with a code to access the USASOA Amazon Store so that they may place an order for the items they need. From warm socks and blankets to baby diapers and food items - the items they need are then delivered to their front door often the very next day. USASOA also works directly with electric power companies to stop impending turn off notices or to restore power. We also work closely with propane and heating oil companies who are often all too eager to do their part when contacted for assistance and support. In that same light, we coordinate with landlords, rental agents and banks to help terminate evictions and foreclosures by bringing past debts current but in also working to ensure that the issues that lead to the situation in the first place has a remedy.
ALL donations to the USASOA Wounded Defenders of Freedom Fund are restricted and will be use for this program's purpose, only.
USASOA Amazon Store
As part of our streamlined effort to have an immediate, direct and meaningful impact on the quality of life for our ill, injured and wounded veterans and their families, USASOA has established on online Amazon Store which is kept up to date and filled with some of the most essential and vital items that any individual or family requires to live a healthy, safe and happy life. When we are contacted for assistance by a wounded veteran who is located in a rural area or has transportation difficulties in reaching a store, we provide that veteran with a code to access the USASOA Amazon Store so that they may place an order for the items they need. From warm socks and blankets to baby diapers and food items - the items they need are then delivered to their front door often the very next day. USASOA also has other methods through which items and services are delivered to our wounded in need.
USASOA BBQ FOR OUR HEROES at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Over the past 4 years, USASOA has been providing a Saturday afternoon of great American food, leisure, music and fellowship for our recovering wounded service members that are currently residing at Walter Reed Military Medical Hospital. The physical and mental injuries sustained by our wounded will often last them a lifetime. The USASOA outdoor BBQ FOR OUR HEROES program has evolved into an amazing morale boosting event for our ill, injured and wounded who are able to come outside into the warm spring and summer sunlight and be surrounded by loving and caring TEAM USASOA Volunteers who produce a traditional, American BBQ with all the fixin's. USASOA holds one BBQ a month beginning in May and wrapping up in late October with our famous Chili-Fest. We hope to expand this program into other military and veteran medical facilities around the nation.
We are looking to expand this terrific program to other military hospitals and clinics around the nation - click the button below to donate to this program or to volunteer and hold a BBQ FOR OUR HEROES in your city or town.
USASOA Operation At-Ease
OPERATION REBOOT is designed as a peer to peer support group for all military and veterans. At its core objective, will be to build a spirit of friendship and unity in a group sense that we are all in this together. Building fellowship and trust through various supportive, theraputic, and recreational activities helps to break down barriers and help those who would otherwise be too inhibited to do so. While many of the planned activities include: Fishing, Outdoor BBQ Events, Learning How To Landscape, Garden and Raise Vegetables, Hiking and Walks, Day Trips, Visiting Military Retirement Homes and Other Social Events that foster and build a renewed sense of belonging and trust which is of paramount importance to being able to express the personal experiences encountered as active duty service or as a veteran
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
BOTG is a grassroots campaign that serves and accomplishes two vital components of the overall USASOA mission. First, it raises awareness among the American people to the current struggle for essential goods and services that many of our ill, injured and wounded and their families encounter. The second part of BOTG is that it is an actual collection drive to gather various basic items and goods for our wounded in need, If you are interested in holding a BOOTS ON THE GROUND in your neighborhood, school, office or in front of a grocery store, please contact us.
USASOA AMBASSADOR'S LEAGUE PROGRAM:
Our organization's programs are designed to actively engage our ill. injured, and wounded service members and veterans on a one on one basis and as a result of that close connection we have developed the Ambassador's League Program to directly assist our wounded service members and veterans while they are in our care or when we make visits to our local military hospitals. Once a month we hold an orientation and training session in our office for new volunteers who wish to join this program. The class is taught by professional health care providers who offer their services to our organization and volunteers free of charge. If you are interested in becoming a USASOA Ambassador, please go to the Volunteers Page now and fill out the form. Also, look on our Event Page for the next Ambassador's Training Session. This incredible program allows everyday, appreciative Americans who have always deserved to have a direct impact on the quality of life for our heroes to do just that. Sign up now, volunteer or take on a larger role within our organization.
USASOA Athletics Program
The USASOA Athletic Program and it's ensuing activities and teams will bring service members and veterans together to participate in a community of competitive sports, fellowship and comradery in an environment committed to team and family. Sports and recreational activities have long been proven and considered to be a healthy outlet and even the conduit for the physical and mental well-being for individuals. Our new athletic program is designed to both raise awareness for the USASOA mission as well as create and promote healthy living among our military and veterans. For details and more information, please contact Gabe Stecker, Program Director for USASOA Athletics Stecker@usasoa.org
USASOA Veteran Advocacy Program
USASOA is proud to continue our successful work on promoting policy and legislation that provides for the overall mental and physical health and well-being our ill, injured, and wounded veterans as well as for the veteran community at large. We firmly believe that our veterans are our greatest national treasures and we work to ensure that they are treated as such. If you have a background in veteran advocacy or would like to be a part of our organization that works to resolve the issues facing our veteran community, please Contact Us