“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."
For the full article, click here.
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.
(Alexandria, VA – January 13, 2016) - Code of Support Foundation™ (COSF) has been awarded a $525,000 grant by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to pilot PATRIOTlink™, an innovative cloud-based navigation platform of strategically populated veteran support resources. The grant was awarded through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Mental Health & Well-Being initiative, which focuses on community-based solutions for the mental health and community integration needs of the post-9/11 veterans in the U.S., military service members, their families and the families of the fallen.
Reston, VA, November 9, 2015 — Pragmatics, a leading provider of services and solutions for federal government clients, will honor our nation’s veterans on November 10 at Pragmatics corporate headquarters in Reston, Virginia. The company, through its PragmaticSERVES program, has partnered with Code of Support Foundation (COSF), an Alexandria, Virginia-based national veteran service organization that provides essential and critical one-on-one assistance to struggling military service members, veterans, and their families with the most complex needs. Veterans were selected by COSF’s case coordination program team and will be present to receive special recognition from Pragmatics Vice Chairman/CFO Kimmy Duong.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Today Code of Support Foundation (COSF) announces the release of “Six Simple Promises”, a new music single and video that pays tribute to the less than 1% of Americans who serve in uniform. Since 1955, the nation’s warriors have been bound by a Code of Conduct in which they pledge that they are prepared to give their lives in defense of our freedom. “Six Simple Promises” refers to the six articles of the Code of Support, a document dedicated to U.S. Troops by civilian Americans, which parallel the articles of the Code of Conduct for the military.
DOWNERS GROVE, IL (June 9, 2015): MortgageKeeper Referral Services, Inc. announced today an agreement with Code of Support Foundation (COSF) to assist military service members, veterans, and their families across the country with its MKDesktop application. There are 22 million Veterans in the U.S. and an estimated 30% who are in crisis. COSF provides essential and critical one-on-one assistance to those struggling service members, veterans, and their families who have the most complex needs. Within the past two years, COSF has seen tremendous expansion in the demand for its case coordination services and is rapidly increasing its efforts to meet that demand.
The MKDesktop App will assist COSF in providing direct local connection to agencies and programs that can address urgent needs and help build financial health. COSF’s team of trained case coordinators and veteran peer navigators using MKDesktop will provide targeted local referrals as they identify, prioritize, and fulfill the often multiple and complex needs of these families. This includes assisting with reducing food, utility, prescription, health insurance, childcare, and home repair costs.
Director of Partnerships & Integration, Jamie Stacy, shares her story with Jeremy Paris of the Veteran Resource Podcast of how she came to work at Code of Support Foundation.
She then speaks about the challenges facing our service members, veterans and their families and the newest projects COSF is working on to get them the resources they need.
To listen to her interview, click here.
CNN features Kristina Kaufmann, Executive Director of Code of Support Foundation, shares her personal story with post-traumatic stress disorder.
By Kristina Kaufmann
When I married a soldier in June 2001, I knew my life was going to change. I moved from Berkeley, California, to Fort Sill, Oklahoma -- talk about a culture shock. But I was in love, and enthusiastically dove head first into a military life I knew nothing about.
Featured on HLN our Executive Director, Kristina Kaufmann, talks about the devastating impact PTSD is having on soldiers & their families. For many members of our military, returning home is just the beginning of a new battle
By Kristina Kaufmann
In my 11 years as an Army wife, I’ve known more people who have taken their own lives than have been killed in combat. My personal experience is reflected in the terrifying statistics -- at least 38 soldiers died by suicide or suspected suicide in July alone; at least 212 soldiers have committed suicide this year.
On Friday, June 29th, 2014 COSF's Veteran Peer Navigator and Director of Military Engagement, Andy Kaufmann sat down with NBC 4 Washington to discuss problems with VA healthcare and the challenges facing returning veterans. Executive Director Kristy Kaufmann (no relation) also sat down to discuss the VA crisis and mental health challenges facing veterans and their families.