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WHO WE SERVE

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OUR HEROES

YOU BELONG HERE — WELCOME

The VFR (Veterans and First Responders) provides First Responders, Veterans, Military service members, K-9s and their families with the tools & support they require to allow them to thrive as individuals & as a family. 

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VETERANS & MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

The rate of suicide for military service members is rising.

  • 13.5% of suicide deaths in the U.S. are Veterans

  • 6.1% increase in Veteran suicide death from 2005-2017

  • 1 in 8 Veterans will have suicidal thoughts

  • 15.6% of Veterans experience post-traumatic stress from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Desert Storm, and Vietnam

 

If you serve or have served in the military, we are building a healing campus to support you. You put everything on the line to protect our freedom, and we have unlimited gratitude for the sacrifices you have made. Now, it’s our turn to be there for you.
 

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FIREFIGHTERS & EMT

The amount of bravery and commitment that it takes to run into a burning building is something that few people possess. These men and women, however, do it daily – risking their lives so that others can survive devastating disasters.

If you are a firefighter or an emergency medical personnel, we salute your unwavering bravery and heroic courage. Our programs and resources will help you Decompress and work through the traumatic aftermath that can come from high-risk, intense situations.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND DISPATCHERS

Law enforcement officers and Dispatchers constantly face the reality that they might not come home that night. They are trained to keep everyone safe in all situations and are constantly answering calls for help. But too often, the hard and dangerous work that they do goes unnoticed and unrecognized. 

If you are a law enforcement personnel or Dispatcher, we notice you, we recognize you, and we are here to support you. Our programs and resources ensure you receive the help you deserve for all the hard work and sacrifices you have made for your communities.
 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT & MILITARY K-9

K-9s (short for canines) have been used in civilian, law enforcement, and military missions for decades. These selfless and loyal K-9 companions are soldiers, officers, rescuers, and partners, but they are often overlooked by the communities they serve as well as the agencies and organizations that employ them.

 

At VFR, we recognize the critical role K-9s play in serving our citizens and our country. That’s why we created the Howling Heroes program. We know these working dogs are essential and deserve the utmost love and respect. Whether it is taking care of them through injuries or simply covering the expenses that come with caring for them long after their service concludes, we make sure no K-9s who serves are left behind. 

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FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO SERVE

There are many unique challenges that come with being a family member to someone who serves. Loved ones sacrifice a lot, and in many cases, do not receive the same access to support, resources, and care.

At VFR, we recognize the service and sacrifices you make as a member of a Military or First Responder family. Our dedicated programs are built to provide you and your family with unwavering support. We are here to help you work through your experiences, find community, and improve your quality of life.

*If you’re a Dispatcher, we recognize the toll and trauma caused by responding to emergency calls. Please dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for emergency help.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
- Joseph Campbell

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