Hundreds of local charities throughout Ohio benefit from support
Columbus, Ohio (April 25, 2016) – The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) announced this week that its video raffle program has reached a major milestone by hitting the $20 million mark in funds raised for charity.
The funds directly benefit veterans’ posts, fraternal lodges and hundreds of local 501(c)(3) charities; fifty percent of the revenue supports the posts and lodges and fifty percent supports local charities in communities across Ohio.
“This is very exiting news for our organizations and the charities we support,” said Merle Pratt of the Ohio AMVETS and secretary of the OVFCC. “Our charitable work is very important to our overall mission, and the video raffle proceeds are a critical part of our success.”
Below is a sampling of just some of the important work veterans and fraternal organizations are doing to support local charitable causes that are so vital to our local communities throughout Ohio. These initiatives have been made possible through funds raised by the video raffle program:
Attorney General Mike DeWine has said the program is illegal and ordered it shut down in 2013. Veterans and fraternal organizations disagreed and quickly obtained a temporary restraining order allowing the program to proceed, pending a court trial, which is set for later this year. The groups are hopeful they will win their court case and continue to be able to raise vital funds to support their posts and charities at no cost to taxpayers. “It would be highly unfortunate if the charities we support were to lose vital funding because of state government leaders misinterpreting Ohio law,” said OVFCC president Bill Seagraves. “No other form of gaming supports charities at this level and has such a positive impact on our communities. We provide help for many who are at the end of their rope with no place else to turn.”
Veterans receiving innovative oxygen therapy thanks to charitable video raffle program
Columbus, Ohio (January 13, 2016) – Veterans who have received difficult to heal acute wounds or traumatic brain injuries while serving in the military are receiving help through funding provided by a veterans and fraternal video raffle program.
In April of 2015, VFW of Ohio Charities (VFWOC) began funding experimental Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments for veterans suffering from war-related injuries in partnership with Sara’s Garden, a treatment center in Wauseon, Ohio.
The treatments have been funded with revenue generated by the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) charitable video raffle program. Since its inception in 2011, the program has raised over $18 million to support posts, lodges and charitable causes like HBOT treatments.
Attorney General Mike DeWine has said the program is illegal and ordered it shut down in 2013. Veterans and fraternal organizations disagreed and quickly obtained a temporary restraining order allowing the program to proceed, pending a court trial, which is set for this June. The groups are hopeful they will win their court case and continue to be able to raise vital funds to support their posts and charities at no cost to taxpayers.
HBOT is the administration of 100% oxygen in the presence of pressure, which can help the body heal from conditions in which low oxygen in the tissues inhibits or complicates the healing process. Since HBOT is still considered experimental, traditional health care usually does not cover treatments.
The VFWOC became aware of the potential of HBOT to change injured veterans’ lives and decided to fund treatments for a few military patients in order to evaluate its effectiveness. Several veterans and active duty personnel have now been treated with great success.
The first veteran to receive treatments through VFWOC funding was Jeremy Lanham, who served two tours in Iraq with the Army where he was exposed to several large explosions, receiving multiple concussions and suffering injuries to his brain. The injuries went untreated for some time, and as a result, Jeremy suffered extreme migraine headaches and was unable to sleep for years. Jeremy received an intensive regimen of two one-hour treatments per day for eight weeks. Since completing his treatments, Jeremy has experienced no severe headaches and has regained the ability to sleep soundly for extended periods of time.
“I haven’t had that in years and years, and it’s had a massive impact on my ability to function every day,” says Jeremy.
Click HERE to see a video interview with Jeremy about his progress.
Andrew Rupp is still actively serving in the Army and is currently in the process of recovering from surgery and an infection at a hospital at Fort Bragg. The VFWOC funded HBOT treatments for Andrew to help his body heal.
“You and this organization have given me more than I am able to repay,” said Andrew. “I want to thank you for providing me with the opportunity to heal. I am slotted to attend Ranger Assessment in April, and with out these treatments I would not have been ready to be successful and continue my Army career.”
Brock Dodrill is a Toledo-area Army veteran who suffers from PTSD. He received 40 treatments and has shown tremendous improvement. His father Brad says that while he is not willing to claim Brock’s symptoms have completely subsided, he and his wife Sherry “better recognize Brock as the son we knew prior to Iraq.”
“We are excited about the impact this program is having on the quality of life of our veterans,” said Bill Seagraves, Director of VFW of Ohio Charities. “As we become aware of veterans who might benefit from HBOT treatments, we will continue to fund the treatments as much as we are able. And we will push forward with our lawsuit in order to maintain our ability to provide funding for vital programs.”
Columbus, Ohio (November 30, 2015) – The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) announced this week that its video raffle program has now raised over $17 million for Ohio charities along with its member posts and lodges. The program began operating in October 2011. For a regularly updated tally of charitable revenues, go to ovfcc.org. The funds directly benefit veterans’ posts, fraternal lodges and hundreds of local 501(c)(3) charities; fifty percent of the revenue supports the posts and lodges and fifty percent supports local charities in communities across Ohio.
“Charitable funds raised through the video raffle program are vital to our communities and veterans in need,” said Suzette Price of the American Legion Department of Ohio.
“The recent Central Ohio Stand Down for homeless veterans is a great example of how these funds help those in need. We provided medical treatment, help with local agencies, legal assistance, clothing, personal grooming, and a hot meal, all at no expense to taxpayers.”
Below is a sampling of just some of the important work veterans and fraternal organizations are doing to support local charitable causes that are so vital to local communities throughout Ohio. These initiatives have been made possible through funds raised by the video raffle program:
Columbus, Ohio (October 22, 2015) – Over 600 central Ohio military veterans in need received a hand up on Tuesday at the 18th annual Central Ohio Stand Down, a yearly event sponsored by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs with help from organizations like VFW of Ohio Charities and the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC). The event was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Homeless veterans receive medical treatment, help with local agencies, legal assistance, clothing, personal grooming, and a hot meal at the 2015 Stand Down.
Services provided at the event include medical treatment, help with local agencies, legal assistance, clothing, personal grooming, and a hot meal.
CLICK HERE To see the WCMH TV news story on the event.
VFW of Ohio Charities and the OVFCC participated in a substantial way by volunteering and distributing clothing items. They also help each year at other stand down events throughout Ohio, including Akron, Chillicothe and Dayton.
Funding to provide these critical items comes from the OVFCC charitable video raffle program, which has raised over $16 million for veterans & fraternal groups and their charities at no expense to taxpayers.
The video raffle program is currently operating under a temporary restraining order pending a court trial, which is set for 2016. Veterans and fraternal groups are hopeful they will win their court case and continue to be able to raise vital funds to support their posts and charities.
“It is a great honor to help veterans in need,” said VFW of Ohio Charities’ director Bill Seagraves. “The stand down event helps connect vets with important social services, and gets them the treatment and gear they need heading into the cold winter months. A lot is at stake with our lawsuit. We’d like to be able to keep doing these things for our veterans in the future.”
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center sees charitable contributions by Ohio Eagles as crucial
In a recent letter to all members of the Ohio State Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, new State President and Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition Boardmember Jim Donaldson urged them to continue their support of the East Central Regional Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund.
“My special charity for my year as state president is the ‘the walking machine’ project at The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and their affiliate, the NeuroRecovery Network,” Donaldson said.
The “walking machine”, more formally known as a Body-Weight Support System, is truly groundbreaking technology. The patient’s body is suspended over a treadmill using a harness system while specially trained therapists move their legs to simulate walking. This innovative training helps awaken nerve pathways by repetitively stimulating the muscles and nerves in the lower body.
So far the Eagles have raised over $30,000 for the new Body-Weight Support System with financial support continuing from clubs across the state that participate in the OVFCC’s charitable raffle program.
“Much of the money in our Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund comes from Eagle clubs that participate in the charitable raffle program. During my three years on the OVFCC Board, my other passion has become implementing a successful and accountable video raffle program. Since the OVFCC started that program, we have helped raise over $2.4 million dollars for Eagle charities and Aeries across the state. It’s a great tool for our clubs and the charities they support and is truly a step in the right direction for our Aerie’s to embrace their charitable efforts, as well as pay some of our internal pressing needs”.
“This electronic raffle program is going to help purchase another body-weight support system that would double the Wexner Medical Center’s treatment capacity and reduce their patient waiting list”, said Donaldson.
“Isn’t that something? Just think of the impact this will have on future patients and their families”.
Over $16 million raised since program started; over $4 million raised for charity year-to-date
This past Labor Day weekend the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition’s charitable video raffle program hit another major milestone; $16 million raised for our members and the charities they support. Even more impressive is that the program has raised over $4 million for charity this year alone! This is truly remarkable and could not have been accomplished without the support of our organizations and their individual members. It is a great example of veterans and their supporters helping veterans in need!
The charitable video raffle program has been operating under a temporary restraining order against the State of Ohio since December of 2013 after abiding by the Attorney General’s request to shut down the program. Since receiving the TRO, the program has generated in excess of $9.4 million for our organizations and their charities.
The OVFCC gets a “thumbs up” from 3-war veteran James Cashier. Proceeds from the OVFCC’s charitable video raffle program were used to purchase the scooter.
Columbus, Ohio (August 3, 2015) – James Cashier fought for our country in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. But in his later years he has become much less mobile and has been mostly confined to his home. He was in need of a lightweight scooter that his wife could lift in and out of their car and was having trouble obtaining this particular type of scooter. The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) became aware of Mr. and Mrs. Cashier’s need, and with the help of VFW of Ohio Charities, purchased a new three-wheel lightweight scooter for Mr. Cashier.
Mr. Cashier says the scooter has changed his life and has given him the ability to leave his home with relative ease, considering his health. He expressed great gratitude to the OFVCC and VFW of Ohio Charities, who were honored to help.
“Mr. Cashier served our country in not just one, but three wars. We owe it to he and his wife to give them the ability to leave their home as long as they are able,” said Bill Seagraves, President of the OVFCC and Executive Director of VFW of Ohio Charities.
Funds for the mobility scooter were raised through the OVFCC’s charitable video raffle program, which has now generated over $15.5 million for Ohio charities, helping veterans like James Cashier live their lives to their full potential.