Pictured (Left to Right): Veterans Council Program Manager Doy Demsick, Veterans Council President Col. Sam Kouns, and Indian River Community Foundation Chairman Scott Alexander
VERO BEACH, FL – In June the Veterans Council of Indian River County received a $5,000.00 grant from the Indian River Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund.
The $5,000 Grant will be used by the Veterans Council to develop a comprehensive communications strategy to reach veterans residing in Indian River County with specific focus on veterans returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Employment and Housing are the among the challenges facing our returning military veterans, and these difficulties are compounded when veterans seek to house and support their families. The Veterans Council assists returning heroes and seeks to facilitate their transitions to civilian life. Employed by the Veterans Council, the Indian River Community Foundation’s Grant will make Veterans Council Programs, including free transportation to medical appointments at the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach, employment and financial assistance, more visible, and more accessible, to qualified veterans.
The Veterans Council of Indian River County, incorporated in 1987, is a non-government 501(C)(3) that came into existence due to the generous donations of private citizens. Today, potential donors may not be aware of the Veterans Council’s assistance programs.
Colonel Marty Zickert (USAF, Retired) Past President and Current Developmental Officer for the Veterans Council has been fundraising for the Council and has been an advocate for veterans for many years. Colonel Zickert reports, “…on more than one occasion, donors have stated they never knew there was need for the Veterans Council and it’s Programs.”
The Indian River Community Foundation Grant will certainly raise community awareness to the needs of our local veteran population. This new awareness will hopefully inspire future contributions and donations to strengthen existing Veterans Council programs.
Learn more about the Veterans Council at http://www.veteranscouncilirc.org.