Sentinels of Freedom needs your help in order to support severely wounded Veterans
SOF is competing in the “Honoring Those Who Serve Challenge” at http://www.crowdrise.com/sofsf-nof. The most competition funds raised by November 11th will receive an additional $75,000 grant, which would go to helping the Veterans in our program if we win!
SOF’s work is summarized in the words of one of our graduates, Ben Crowley (Sgt, U.S. Army):
“The Sentinels of Freedom provided a surrogate family, a support structure to make me feel at home and supported in what would otherwise have been a very frightening transition and helped me navigate both a civilian world I was unfamiliar with and the governmental systems that I rely on for continued medical care. They continue to mentor me and provide moral support even though I have graduated from the program.”
Sentinels of Freedom is dedicated to providing life-changing opportunities for severely wounded and permanently disabled Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“There is no greater sacrifice than serving and defending our country,” said Robert Forrester, Newman’s Own Foundation President and CEO. “More service men and women are surviving injuries and coming home with serious wounds and conditions, so we are making a significant grant commitment to help meet the increased needs. We are pleased to award a grant to Sentinels of Freedom as they endeavor to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.”
Overall, Newman’s Own Foundation is awarding $7 million in grants over three years, 2012-2014, to more than 50 organizations across the country that deal with veterans’ issues such as health, housing, education, career development, and family support.
Paul Newman, the actor and philanthropist who founded Newman’s Own, passed away on September 26, 2008. Now, five years later, his legacy continues as Newman’s Own continues to give away 100% of the profits and royalties from the sale of its food products to charity. Since the company’s founding in 1982, over $380 million has been donated to thousands of organizations, with $125 million having been donated in the past five years alone.
About Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation
The Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation is a unique organization that works with severely disabled Veterans following their medical discharge from the United States Armed Forces. Sentinels of Freedom offers a four year program encompassing assistance with education, employment and housing, as well as creating relationships with mentors in the Veteransâ€™ local communities. Our unique service model, relying heavily on community involvement, provides tangible benefits to our Veterans and the communities in which they live.
About Newmanâ€™s Own Foundation
Newmanâ€™s Own Salad Dressing was officially launched in 1982 became an instant success. The first year of profits exceeded $300,000 and company co-founder, Paul Newman, declared, â€œLetâ€™s give it all away to those who need it.â€ Without ever taking personal compensation, Paul gave away all after-tax profits, believing that helping others was just the right thing to do. In 2005, Paul Newman established Newmanâ€™s Own Foundation to ensure that the Newmanâ€™s Own philanthropic outreach would continue. The enterprise remains true to Paulâ€™s original mission and values, using only all-natural, high-quality foods and donating 100% of profits and royalties to charity.