How the VFFA began and where we are going!
The Veterans Family Fund of America bases its origin within the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you." This expression is our thinking for family values. It has been around a long time and will hold its value in the future.
Several years ago, Jane Jacobsen, now Executive Director of the Confluence Project in Vancouver, Washington, pondered the stories she heard about the urgent needs of veterans who had served in the Middle East. Remembering the words and deeds of her parents and grandparents, she wondered whether there was something she could do to help veterans and families who were sacrificing for their country?. Was there a vehicle like War Bonds that might help acquire revenue to aid in the emergency needs some veterans may require?
"I kept reading about how desperate some returning vets are," Jane said. "It makes you feel guilty. As the rest of us walk around enjoying life, the people who've sacrificed most are being ignored." Jane sounded out friends with businesses and government connections before approaching Michael C. Worthy at the Bank of Clark County. His immediate enthusiasm inspired and gave momentum to the Veterans Family Fund™ CD. Soon, John Lee at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs was onboard representing a State agency that has the mission of support and identifying needs. A relationship began with a number of State Veteran Agencies, these VFFA relationships grow daily.
Now, there is more to do! We need to figure out how the Veterans Family Fund may work with State and Federal Agencies, national and local banks, businesses and how you and supporters of veterans may be assured that all the money, in kind gifts and other assets go directly for the intended purpose(s). Through regular meetings and outreach to elected officials, groups and regular American people, the circle of support widens. We can do it!
Please, become a member of this growing circle and the veteran family fund. Family is all of us!