Celebrating One Year - Looking Back

Thank you for making our mission possible.

 

On December 20th, VetLinks.org will officially be one year old.  I can not believe an entire year has passed since we were officially granted our 501c3 status. I remember the moment like yesterday, driving up 95 and receiving that phone call.  I had to pull over I was crying so hard out of pure joy.  That may have actually been my first moment of joy since Brian had passed.  I was feeling anxious about our first Christmas without Brian, and this was his present to me.  We were official.  

When I first vowed to take over VetLinks.org and continue with Brian’s mission, I stated "if we could just save ONE family from living and having to experience the hell that we had to, then this would all be worth it.”  Well, I am proud to say that we were able to fulfill that mission in less than a year.  With the help and support from all of our donors and fundraisers that we had this year, we were able to help a few families actually. But the one that specifically comes to mind is a Veteran who was suffering from severe PTS, alcoholism and was suicidal.  He went to his boss and let him know his circumstances and together they went to the VA for assistance.

Unfortunately, and all too common, they were put on a lengthy waiting list for mental health, and he wasn’t sure he was going to be able to make it in the time period presented.  His boss had heard of the non-profit Code of Support Foundation, which is a partner of VetLinks.org. Together we are able to provide resources to the Veteran and Caregiver and help them in getting the assistance they need in an immediate fashion.  COSF called us and asked us to help, and we were able to financially pay for his private inpatient stay and help assist with his new therapy dog.  

It's examples like this that make all of the effort worth it.

To date, we've provided over $25,000 towards Veteran and Caregiver resources. Every little donation adds up. This allows us the ability to help families get the immediate help they need. These men and women deserve and need our help.

So for 2018, we will soon launch our campaign $18 for 2018.  We are asking that for each month in 2018 you will be able to donate $18.  Your donation will 100% go to our Veterans and Caregivers struggling with PTS, TBI, and/or SUD who are in need of inpatient care or alternative therapies to help with these injuries.  Our goal is to get 500 people signed up.  That’s $108,000. That’s 13 more Veterans like the one above.  There are 20 veterans committing suicide each DAY because they didn’t get the help they needed and deserved. Your $18 a month matters.  

The epidemic is real and overwhelming.  But with your support, little by little, we can continue to help one family at a time.  And coming from a widow with two daughters who are 3 and 5 now left without a father, one family at a time is all we can hope for.  

May 2018 be a healthy and prosperous year for everyone.  

Love,

Jess Kavanagh

 
 VetLinks.org hosted many educational events, fundraisers, and speaking engagements to raise awareness for services offered to Veterans, Caregivers, and Families struggling with the affects of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and substance use disorder.    Above:  Ilan Arboleda , Jessica Kavanagh, and Tom Donahue at the VetLinks screening of  Thank You fro     Your Service    hosted in Baltimore, MD on December 1, 2016. Below: KavFest 2017 event hosted in Pittsburg, KS. Photos by  Brett Dalton.

VetLinks.org hosted many educational events, fundraisers, and speaking engagements to raise awareness for services offered to Veterans, Caregivers, and Families struggling with the affects of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and substance use disorder. 

Above: Ilan Arboleda, Jessica Kavanagh, and Tom Donahue at the VetLinks screening of Thank You fro Your Service hosted in Baltimore, MD on December 1, 2016. Below: KavFest 2017 event hosted in Pittsburg, KS. Photos by Brett Dalton.