Hero’s Health Fund: Not All Battles are Fought in a War Zone

November 2, 2016

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Learn more about Community Health Charities and the Hero’s Health Fund.

Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dale Beatty remembers the day his life changed forever. On November 15, 2004, Dale was injured when an IED explosion flipped his Humvee, causing him to lose both legs. “It’s amazing how clear everything becomes when you think your next breath could be your last,” Dale says.

After sacrificing and serving our country, heroes like Dale deserve to have every opportunity – for good health, for support and for employment – when they return home. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. The Hero’s Health Fund, managed by Community Health Charities, connects the most trusted health charities with caring donors who want to make a difference in the lives of first responders, military personnel, veterans and their families.

For Dale and so many others like him, the return home can be just as challenging as their time on the battlefront. It’s often a matter of healing the wounds we can’t see – nearly 1 of every 4 active duty military members shows signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or other mental health conditions. The threat of suicide remains unusually high. Returning to civilian life can be a time of joy, but also a time of emotional upheaval for the entire family. And for those with loved ones who never make it home, the healing process must begin.

Whether their injuries are physical, mental or both, the families who care for these heroes need a tremendous amount of support. Thanks to Fisher House Foundation, a participating charity in the Hero’s Health Fund, Dale’s wife Belinda and his children were able to stay by his side throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process. “Living in the Fisher House was home away from home,” Belinda says. “I was never alone and I could always talk to someone – you’re surrounded by love.”

Dale’s story has a happy ending. Today, he plays in a band, golfs and works to help other veterans. But he isn’t sure what would have happened if he hadn’t received help. “Without Fisher House, I don’t know what my prognosis would have been, or where I would be now not having my family next to me,” he says. “I remain forever grateful.”

The Hero Health’s Fund supports these fully-vetted and trusted organizations:

Fisher House Foundation

March of Dimes

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Hospice and Palliative Care

Operation Restored Warrior

Pet Partners

Snowball Express

These heroes fight for us – let’s work together to fight for them. To learn more about Community Health Charities and how the Hero’s Health Fund supports the mental and physical health of our nation’s heroes, please visit http://corp.healthcharities.org/hero/.

Are you attending the 2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference? If so, please join us for our special Veterans Health session on November 16 from 4:55-6:00 PM (ET) at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. We’ll kick off the event with a keynote by Tom Ridge and then an interactive panel featuring a Navy veteran from Fisher House, Brigadier General (retired) Allyson Solomon and others who are raising awareness about the mental and physical health of our veterans and what we can do to help. Company representatives will also speak about the importance of supporting the health of our veterans in the workplace.