Our newsletter, formerly The HHV Bugle Call, keeps supporters connected with stories and events happening at HHV.
HELP HOSPITALIZED VETERANS GIVES GIFTS ALL YEAR LONG
During the winter holiday season, the joy of giving is at an all-time high. We buy gifts for family and friends. We may also dig into our purses or wallets when we pass the volunteer ringing a bell next to the big black kettle. These gifts are so important and certainly help people in need during the holiday season. But what happens when the tinsel and candles are put away? HHV believes in giving to our nation’s veterans all year long. So with spring just around the corner, we are working hard to keep that giving spirit alive and well not just during the holidays, but all year long.
During 2014, HHV reached an incredible milestone. We have now shipped more than 29 million arts and crafts kits to veterans across the country, and to active duty servicemen and women, since our organization began in 1971. Those gifts came in many forms – wood or plastic model kits, needlecrafts, woodworking and leather projects, ceramics, painting, jewelry-making items and much more. On average, the retail value of each craft kit is about $20, although some may be a little less and others a lot more depending on the supplies required. HHV is proud that the vast majority of the craft kits we distribute are manufactured in-house, right at our Winchester, CA production center. This helps keep costs down so we can provide more veterans with as many therapeutic crafts as possible.
Working on crafts truly is therapeutic. For veterans recovering from serious health issues, it can be incorporated into their treatment plans to help with dexterity, fine motor skills, and the ability to follow written instructions and improve concentration. They help individuals facing depression or post-traumatic stress by giving them something productive to focus on, offering a positive sense of accomplishment once a project is completed. For aging veterans, crafts can remind individuals that they are still productive and able to create something useful and beautiful. For veterans coping with substance or alcohol dependency, crafts can also offer a way to keep hands busy and minds alert during their recovery.
Each month, HHV distributes over 38,000 kits to our craft-loving veterans, with many being sent directly to their homes through our Patient Home Rehabilitation Program. Many veterans complete their kits so they can also give back to others, saving completed projects as gifts for birthdays, holidays or other special occasions.
Whether it’s$100, $50 or $5, each gift is important and goes directly toward the purchase of a craft kit for a veteran. And every kit distributed includes a donor “Thank You” postcard, which we encourage each veteran to fill out and drop in the mail. This gives the veteran who receives a kit an opportunity to send a note of thanks to the donor who made it possible. When you read what they have to say, you’ll feel good about giving – not just during the holidays but all year long.
NEWS AT HHV
There’s been a lot going on at Help Hospitalized Veterans over the past year. We have a new board of Directors and an interim Chief Executive Officer. The website has been completely revamped and updated. We have many new arts and crafts kits available, including lots more for women veterans. The Patient Home Rehabilitation Program has over 16,000 veterans enrolled, with more signing up every day. HHV is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration, and several new partners are on board. We are also working closely with our friends in the military to provide more arts and crafts products to active duty servicemen and women.
Speaking of which, this past autumn HHV sent 5,000 craft kits to troops conducting maritime security operations and security cooperative efforts in response to threats from ISIS. One grateful sailor paused to express appreciation saying, “Thank you so much for the packages that were sent. My work center loved them all… Our workload has increased quite a bit with everything going on over here, but [we] are excited to start the new models and crafts…Your company has really helped the morale of our work center. Thank you very much.”
HHV is now partnering with Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility, a therapeutic horse riding enterprise for wounded warriors, veterans and military personnel. Therapeutic horseback riding is often used in treatment and rehabilitation programs for patients with a wide variety of illnesses and disabilities. HHV’s arts and crafts are now being used as part of the therapy process.
In November, HHV’s four Community Based Craft Centers celebrated Veterans Day with a very special wreath-laying ceremony, comprised of paper roses sent by our donors to honor the veterans we serve.
In December, HHV Chicago Craft Care Specialist Mia Leber, along with Department of Family and Support Services, hosted a gala to highlight arts and crafts projects local veterans completed, thanks to HHV’s comprehensive therapeutic arts & crafts program.
Also in December, HHV sent a few thousand craft kits to soldiers stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, as well as active duty personnel at March Air Reserve Base in California.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
When Help Hospitalized Veterans began during the Vietnam War, a group of concerned citizens visited a military hospital in San Diego. When asking the patients what they could do for them, the answer was frequently a plea for something to do, to keep them busy during long periods of hospitalization. That is how the mission of HHV began – to give therapeutic craft kits to military and veteran patients during recovery and rehabilitation.
Times have changed since 1971, and many of the injuries treated now do not require hospitalization at all, or for an extended length of stay. While HHV continues to provide arts and crafts kits to patients in the hospital or extended care setting, we also provide many more kits to veterans in aftercare programs, at transitional housing units, in clinics or other ambulatory care centers, and now at home. HHV also has twenty community-based arts and crafts centers of its own, where veterans can receive crafts, get some hands-on instruction, and even work on crafts with other veterans in a group setting. While HHV will continue providing crafts to veterans and military service members in the hospital, we will also provide them in many other health care settings. Contact HHV if you know of a veteran who could benefit from craft therapy!
WHAT OUR VETERANS HAVE TO SAY
“I spoke to your girls on a Friday and they were very pleasant and helpful. I requested the 50th Anniversary Vietnam Kit and possibly some paint-by-number kits. They said they would ship them out on Friday. Imagine my surprise when they were here on Saturday afternoon! That is why you all are so great when it comes to helping with the therapy of disabled veterans like myself. In my package there was the 50th Collection, a plastic military model, a drawing kit and a watercolor kit. Thanks, I am very appreciative of these kits.” – John V., Florida
“This is such an awesome thing HHV has done for our Vietnam Veterans. This is just one of so many; this is why I love HHV and why I do what I do for HHV. No other Veterans Support Agency does for our nation’s veterans like Help Hospitalized Veteran’ does. Thank you.” – Larry K., California
“First off, I would like to say thank you for the donation of the computer. It has helped me keep in touch with all of my family and friends. I just wanted to say thanks for everything you do for the veterans!” – D.C., state unknown
Click here for more veteran testimonials
PATIENT HOME REHABILITATION PROGRAM
To keep up with the demand for HHV’s therapeutic arts and crafts kits, they are now available to military and veteran patients at their homes through HHV’s Patient Home Rehabilitation (PHR) Program. Any U.S. veteran or member of the military who has received any medical or nursing care within the last six months, at any health care facility, is eligible.
To enroll in the program, proof of veteran or military status is required, along with documentation of any medical or nursing care received within the past six months. If these are provided, all that’s needed is to complete the PHR application. This may be submitted electronically or by regular mail.
There is no cost to apply or receive HHV’s arts and crafts kits. HHV’s donors have already paid for all product and shipping costs. There is never a cost because HHV and its supporters believe that America’s veterans and military personnel already paid the price through their service to our nation.
If you live in a nursing home, residential or medical facility, you can still receive the craft kits. Just sign up for PHR, and the craft kits will be shipped directly to your location at no charge.
HHV is proud to be a commemorative partner in the Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemoration, recognizing the 50th anniversary of this important period in our nation’s history. As such, HHV dedicated a year-long campaign to educate Americans about the contributions and sacrifices made by Vietnam veterans. As part of our Veterans Concert Series, the 2014 concerts in Colorado and West Virginia both observed HHV’s special dedications to Vietnam vets. Concerts continue throughout 2015, beginning in Prescott, Arizona this past February. Plans are underway for more concerts, including The Villages, Florida on April 29 and the National Convention of the Vietnam Veterans of America official Welcome Home Party in Springfield, Illinois on July 21. The final stop for the 2015 Concert Series will be held at DAR Constitution Hall on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The objectives of the Commemoration program are met by highlighting Vietnam veterans and their families and thanking all service men and women, including former prisoners of war, in remembrance of their sacrifices. In addition, HHV now has a series of commemorative craft kits available that pay special tribute to Vietnam veterans.
ENTERTAINING OUR TROOPS
What do Lonestar, the Chi-Lites, and Jefferson Starship all have in common? That’s easy – they were all headliners who performed at HHV’s Veterans Concert Series this past season. At concerts held in Texas, Colorado and Illinois, active duty service members, veterans, their families and the general public were all treated to exceptional entertainment. Our latest series began in November in Charleston, W.V. Stay tuned for more details on other concerts coming up this season.
HHV is also a proud sponsor of Re-Creation, USA—a group of enthusiastic young performers who provide near-daily variety stage shows at VA Medical Centers and veterans nursing homes. These performances lift the spirits and provide tremendous therapeutic value to these veteran patients. For a dates and locations of upcoming shows, click here.
THANKS TO OUR DONORS
We offer sincere thanks to every one of our generous donors, because without you, our programs and sponsorships would not exist. These include our Special Projects division which delivers brand new computer systems and other products to homebound veterans; our craft care specialists, who provide support to military and veteran patients in HHV’s community-based arts and crafts centers; the patient home rehabilitation program, which sends regular mailings of craft kits to veterans in their own homes; our veterans concert series, which puts a smile on the faces of everyone present; and HHV’s founding program—the delivery of therapeutic arts and crafts kits to veteran and military patients. Thank you for the gift of giving, all year long!
You may download past copies of each Bugle Call by clicking the links below.
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|Bugle Call Summer 2013 (1.3 MB)|
|Making Christmas Special for America’s Wounded, Sick and Disabled GIs and Veterans|
|Bugle Call Spring 2013 (1.4 MB)|
|Working on the Kits Saved My Life|
|Bugle Call Christmas 2012 (2) (1.2 MB)|
|Christmas Made Brighter for Wounded, Sick and Disabled GIs and Veterans Thanks to HHV Donors|
|Bugle Call Christmas 2012 (1) (1.7 MB)|
|A Merry Christmas from HHV Donors to Hospitalized GIs and Veterans|
|Bugle Call Spring 2012 (1.4 MB)|
|A Christmas Letter from Afghanistan|
|Bugle Call Christmas 2011 (1.2 MB)|
|HHV Donors Provide A Merry Christmas for Sick or Wounded GIs and Hospitalized Veterans|
|Bugle Call Summer 2011 (4 MB)|
|A Season of Miracles… Christmas Starts NOW if HHV is to Make the Holiday Season a Joyful One for Hospitalized GIs and Veterans|
|Bugle Call Spring 2011 (1.2 MB)|
|HHV Celebrates 40 Years of Help for Hospitalized Veterans|
|Bugle Call Christmas 2010 (3.1 MB)|
|HHV Donors Remember Hospitalized Troops and Veterans at Christmas|
|Bugle Call Summer 2010 (1.1 MB)|
|HHV Prepares to Make Christmas Wishes Come True|
|Bugle Call Spring 2010 (3.4 MB)|
|HHV Founder Retires After 38 Years|
|Bugle Call 2009 Christmas (2.1 MB)|
|Donors Provide 25 Millionth Craft Kit|
|Bugle Call 2009 Summer (1.4 MB)|
|Gearing Up Santa’s Workshop – HHV Launches Major Campaign for Christmas Craft Kits in Summertime|
|Bugle Call 2009 Spring (1.5 MB)|
|The “Walking Wounded” GIs and Veterans Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder|
|Bugle Call 2008 Holiday (1.1 MB)|
|Many, Many Thanks Go Out to Our Wonderful Donors!|
|Bugle Call 2008 Summer (2) (716 KB)|
|It’s Christmas in the Summertime Again – HHV’s Major Drive for Christmas and Holiday Donations is Upon Us!|
|Bugle Call 2008 Summer (1) (576 KB)|
|Celebrating Independence Day by Honoring Those Who Fought to Protect It!|
|Bugle Call 2008 Spring (1.2 MB)|
|Don’t Forget our Young Soldiers Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan Who Put Their Lives on the Line for Us|
|Bugle Call 2007 Holiday (3.9 MB)|
|You, Our Generous Donors, Have Done It Again|
|Bugle Call 2007 Summer (860 KB)|
|These Young Servicemembers Deserve Our Prayers and Praise|
|Bugle Call 2007 Spring (780 KB)|
|Remember Our Hospitalized Veterans and Troops this Memorial Day|
|Bugle Call 2006 Holiday (840 KB)|
|HHV’s Major Drive for Christmas and Holiday Donations is Upon Us|
|Bugle Call 2006 Summer (796 KB)|
|Young Soldiers Wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan Put Their Lives on the Line for Us|
|Bugle Call 2005 Christmas (4.0 MB)|
|Remember Our Hospitalized GIs and Veterans at Christmas|
|Bugle Call 2005 Holiday (3.8 MB)|
|Your Craft Kits Helped Many a Veteran During the Holidays|
|Bugle Call 2005 Spring (4.3 MB)|
|Young Soldiers Wounded in Iraq Put Their Lives on the Line for Us|
|Bugle Call 2004 Holiday (2) (4.0 MB)|
|It’s Not Too Late for a Holiday Donation|
|Bugle Call 2004 Holiday (1) (4.3 MB)|
|HHV Answers the Call to Help Battlefield Hospitals|
|Bugle Call 2004 Spring (4.6 MB)|
|Our Overseas Hospitalized GI’s Protecting Our Freedom Need to Know We Care|
|Bugle Call 2003 Christmas (4.0 MB)|
|Thanks for the Memories and Support, Bob Hope|
|Bugle Call 2003 Spring (3.7 MB)|
|Vets From WWII to Afghanistan War Benefit From Craft Kits|
|Bugle Call 2002 Christmas (3.7 MB)|
|Young Veteran Sings Praises of HHV|
|Bugle Call 2002 Holiday (3.7 MB)|
|Pearl Harbor Survivor Praises Craft Kit Program|
|Bugle Call 2002 Summer (3.8 MB)|
|Marine Veteran Starts “Pen Pal Fan Club” at Bay Pines VA|
|Bugle Call 2001 Holiday (3.7 MB)|
|Show Your Support for Today’s Active Duty Troops|
|Bugle Call 2001 Summer (3.9 MB)|
|HHV Begins Plea for Christmas Crafts in August|
|Bugle Call 2001 Spring (4.1 MB)|
|HHV Celebrates 30 Years of Service|
|Bugle Call 2000 Holiday (4.2 MB)|
|Korean War Veteran is a Christmas Art Search 2000 Winner|
|Bugle Call 2000 Summer (3.7 MB)|
|101-Year-Old World War I Vet Honored|
|Bugle Call 2000 Spring (4.0 MB)|
|Correspondence Between Veteran and Donor Means a Lot to Both|
|Bugle Call 1999 Holiday (5.0 MB)|
|World War II Hero Praises Craft Kits|
|Bugle Call 1999 Summer (4.2 MB)|
|Bay Pines Dollhouse Mansion Wins First Prize|
|Bugle Call 1999 Spring (Sweeps) (3.8 MB)|
|$2,000 Sweepstakes Winners are Very Happy|
|Bugle Call 1999 Spring (3.9 MB)|
|Craft Care Specialists Play Important Role in Vets’ Lives|
|Bugle Call 1998 Summer (3.8 MB)|
|Veteran Wheelchair Bound for 54 Years… Is Very Grateful to HHV|
|Bugle Call 1998 Spring (3.8 MB)|
|Memorial Day: A Time to Remember America’s Veterans|
|Bugle Call 1998 Winter (3.9 MB)|
|HHV Sweepstakes are a Great Success|
|Bugle Call 1997 Holiday (3.8 MB)|
|Veterans are Thrilled with Leather Workshop|
|Bugle Call 1997 Summer (3.5 MB)|
|Senior Veterans at Yountville, CA Veterans Home Say, “Craft Kits Play a Big Role in our Lives!”|
|Bugle Call 1997 Spring (3.8 MB)|
|Your Donations Change The Lives of Three Brave Vets|
|Bugle Call 1996 Holiday (3.7 MB)|
|Hospitalized Veterans Really Appreciate Craft Kits at Holiday Time|
|Bugle Call 1996 Summer (3.3 MB)|
|Help Hospitalized Veterans Turns 25! Craft Kit shipments top 15 million!|
|Bugle Call 1996 Winter (3.8 MB)|
|Married Couple – Both Vets – Say that “Craft Kits have brought a lot of pleasure and therapy into their lives”|
|Bugle Call 1995 Holiday (3.7 MB)|
|Craft Kits are Greatly Appreciated by Occupational Therapists and Patients|
|Bugle Call 1995 Fall (3.9 MB)|
|Bataan Death March Survivor Lives to Tell His Story|
|Bugle Call 1995 Summer (3.9 MB)|
|Donations Brighten Many Lives at Nursing Care Unit|
|Bugle Call 1995 Spring (4.2 MB)|
|Craft Kits Began a Healing Process That Saves Vets Life|
|Bugle Call 1994 Holiday (4.6 MB)|
|Willard Scott Showcases HHV on the “Today Show”|
|Bugle Call 1994 Summer (4.0 MB)|
|Craft Kits Keep Memories Alive|
|Bugle Call 1994 Spring (4.4 MB)|
|Vets’ Artworks Become Greeting Cards for HHV Donors|
|Bugle Call 1993 Holiday (4.8 MB)|
|Congratulations to the HHV Christmas Card Contest Winner|
|Bugle Call 1993 Summer (4.0 MB)|
|Christmas Starts in July for Everyone at HHV|
|Bugle Call 1993 Spring (5.0 MB)|
|Heroic Vets Praise CRAFT KIT Program|
|Bugle Call 1992 Holiday (4.0 MB)|
|Lola Likes to Spend Time With Vets During the Holiday Season|
|Bugle Call 1992 Summer (3.2 MB)|
|HHV Needs Your Help During Our Summer Slump|
|Bugle Call 1992 Spring (4.0 MB)|
|Vets Love Craft Kits – They Provide Excellent Therapy|
|Bugle Call 1991 Holiday (4.2 MB)|
|Vets Love Holiday Crafts|
|Bugle Call 1991 Summer (2) (4.4 MB)|
|Veterans Make Craft Kits for HHV|
|Bugle Call 1991 Summer (1) (4.0 MB)|
|General Schwarzkopf Thanks G.I. GIFT PAC Donors for Boosting Morale in Gulf|
|Bugle Call 1991 Spring (3.4 MB)|
|Paratrooper Uses HHV Craft Kits to Inspire Veterans|
|Bugle Call 1990 Summer (2.4 MB)|
|Chief of Recreation Receives Outstanding Award|
|Bugle Call 1990 Spring (2.8 MB)|
|“Please Remember Our Vets on Memorial Day,” Lola asks|
|Bugle Call 1990 Holiday (2.5 MB)|
|Lola Gets Her Santa Outfit Ready|
|Bugle Call 1989 Holiday (3.1 MB)|
|“Nothing Keeps Lola From Playing Santa”|
|Bugle Call 1989 Summer (2.9 MB)|
|Meet HHV’s New Manager – Mike Lynch|
|Bugle Call 1989 Spring (3.2 MB)|
|One Man’s Idea has Made a Difference in the Lives of Thousands of Hospitalized Veterans|
|Bugle Call 1989 Winter (3.4 MB)|
|A Record-Breaking December|
|Bugle Call 1988 Holiday (3.5 MB)|
|Lola’s Heart Belongs to Hospitalized Vets (and vice versa)|
|Bugle Call 1988 Summer (3.3 MB)|
|World War II P.O.W. Praises Craft Kits|
|Bugle Call 1976 July (3.8 MB)|
|Paralyzed Vet Wins Doodle Art Contest|
|Bugle Call 1975 December (3.3 MB)|
|Bob Hope Presents HHV’s 1,000,000th Craft Kit|