New York - Major League Baseball announced Monday a $500,000 grant commitment, through 2019, to several nonprofit organizations focused on transition services and systems navigation for military veterans and their families. The organizations include Code of Support Foundation, The Mission Continues and American Corporate Partners
“Through the Hidden Heroes Fund, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation continues to build a strong, nationwide network of support for America’s military caregivers,” announced Senator Elizabeth Dole, president of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “This year’s recipients are some of the most respected organizations working on behalf of the veterans’ community and caregivers, and together, they will help ensure our nation supports our hidden heroes for years to come.”
Joining the Code of Support Foundation Board of Trustees are Hon. Robert M. Speer, former Acting Secretary of the United States Army and Carrie Brady, Strategic Tech Partnerships Lead for Google Cloud. “Code of Support Foundation’s newest Board members, Bob and Carrie embody the spirit of our military and veteran community. They bring additional talent, expertise, and energy to our Board of Trustees. We are excited to have them join us as we continue on our mission to ensure our service members, veterans, and their families get the help they need and deserve.” - MG Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Retired, Chairman and CEO, Code of Support Foundation.
“VetLinks is proud and excited to announce a formal partnership with Code of Support, an important and effective organization dedicated to supporting military veterans and their families,” says Jessica Kavanagh, Executive Director of VetLinks. “We are stronger together, and this partnership is the latest example of our devotion to the fight against PTS.”
“We are encouraged by the success of the pilot program and the difference Code of Support is making in the lives of service members returning to civilian life by making the connections to much-needed veteran services more accessible via their online platform," said John Damonti, president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “The new funding will allow Code of Support to significantly enhance efforts to remove barriers and ensure veterans and their families can find and obtain the best possible support services to address their needs.”
Sober Recovery recently sat down and spoke with Kristina Kaufmann on the issues facing our military and veteran families. Below is a transcript of that conversation.
SR: What are some things that people don’t necessarily understand about being an army wife?
KK: I think that the thing that most people probably don’t realize is that when the guys know they’re deploying, they’re already kind of gone three months before—mentally—because they’re preparing. Sometimes these deployments are a year and fifteen months but you also have the three or four months train up, and so it is a process that goes far beyond just the deployment. And the way it’s worked for the past fifteen years with the operational tempo, is that as soon as their boots hit the ground, they’re just training for the next deployment.
There’s no precedent for this operational tempo and deploying the same people over and over again. And unfortunately, for some soldiers, war doesn’t end on the battlefield. They come home with their issues that affect entire families, and you have to kind of learn to live with that new reality every time they come back. So I think that’s one of the things people don’t realize. Like, yes you’re happy they’re home, but there’s a lot that comes along with that reunion. Read more
We are excited to announce that our Executive Director Kristy Kaufmann was awarded a SAMHSA 2017 Voice Award! Kristy was in great company amongst her peers. MC'd by Chef Robert Irvine, other honorees included Senator Elizabeth Dole, Major General (R) Mark and Carol Graham, Tom Cruz along with film and TV writers and producers from Captain Fantastic, Megan Leavey and This Is Us. View Kristy's acceptance remarks here.
“Code of Support Foundation is thrilled to have received this generous grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. These funds will allow Code of Support’s veteran peer navigators to continue to provide and leverage essential services to more than 300 Pre and Post 9/11 troops, veterans and their families in crisis,” says Kristina Kaufmann, Executive Director Code of Support Foundation. “We are honored by the Weinberg Foundation’s confidence in the work Code of Support is doing to ensure struggling troops, veteran and their families do not fall through the cracks.”
Washington, D.C. – The Elizabeth Dole Foundation today announced Code of Support Foundation as a recipient of a 2017 grant from the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Fund. The Fund is dedicated to supporting innovative programs making a direct impact in the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers.
More than half a million dollars will be distributed to fourteen nonprofit organizations to create new initiatives or expand existing programs. The 2017 grant recipients were competitively selected from among nearly 150 applications from organizations nationally.
“When the Foundation launched Hidden Heroes in September, we renewed our commitment to do all we can to improve the lives of military caregivers, those spouses, mothers, dads, children, siblings, and friends who are caring for America’s wounded warriors,” said Senator Elizabeth Dole. “As part of this multifaceted initiative, we established the Hidden Heroes Fund to award grants to nonprofit organizations that are making a real difference in the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers.”
On July 24th, our Executive Director, Kristy Kaufmann sat down with MVYradio from The Vineyard Current to talk about Code of Support and the work we are doing with our new PATRIOTlink platform. Tune to 9:30 for the interview.
A few weeks ago, our Executive Director, Kristina Kaufmann, was a guest speaker on the popular podcast 'Through the Noise.' Listen to her speak about the work we do here at COSF and about the needs of service members, veterans and their families.
After a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, Major General Alan B. Salisbury has turned his focus to helping hundreds of thousands of service members, veterans, and their families. The General established the Code of Support Foundation (COSF), dedicated to providing critical assistance to military members in need. 2016 Ailes Apprentice, Gregory Hyatt, spoke with him about the foundation’s success and continued growth.
McLean, Va., May 12, 2016 – EY announced that MG Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Ret. and Kristina Kaufmann of Code of Support Foundation are co-finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Mid-Atlantic program. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. General Salisbury and Ms. Kaufmann were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 15, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.
"The summit was aimed at increasing partnerships between government agencies, such as the VA, and private groups to provide support to caregivers, whose needs are often overlooked, said Kristina Kaufmann, executive director of Code of Support Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides support services to veterans and their families and hosted the summit."
Read the full article by Stars and Stripes here.
"Code of Support located and delivered a donated van to Thompson and her daughter. The foundation also shared a cash donation with Thompson so she and her daughter could have a decent Thanksgiving dinner this past holiday after the challenges they'd endured."
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Our CEO and founder, Major General Alan Salisbury (Ret.) joined Stacey Delikat for an interview on the podcast, Bell Ringers Club CNN, when we were at NASDAQ, in Times Square! Listen to the full interview on their podcast here.