2018 Winners


Unit Reunion Program

Warrior Reunion Foundation, Cockeysville, MD

Warrior Reunion Foundation supports combat veterans in overcoming the challenges of post-military transition by reconnecting those who served together overseas. We challenge stigma through shared experience, rebuilding essential peer support networks that enable our veterans to live with meaning, purpose and positive impact in their communities. In just over one year of operation Warrior Reunion Foundation has provided seven reunions to units of military veterans who deployed to combat together. During the course of these seven reunions we have served over 300 combat veterans, as well as multiple Gold Star families who attended reunions alongside those who served with their loved one.

$37,500 AWARD

Educating Our Veterans to Become Software Developers

Code Platoon, Chicago, IL

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Code Platoon provides software coding training to help local veterans and military spouses find meaningful careers as professional software developers. Each student is eligible to apply for scholarships or use their GI Bill benefits, making this career path affordable and attainable. The program consists of 8-12 students per class who spend 60-80 hours a week together for 14 weeks. Instruction is a carefully curated mix of lectures, advanced coding training in Python and Ruby on Rails, and team projects, frequently culminating in a local paid internship.

Veteran’s Dental Program

WV Health Right, Inc., Charleston, WV

West Virginia Health Right, Inc. provides free dental care, including preventative cleanings, exams, fillings, extractions and dentures, to low-income West Virginia Veterans without dental coverage. The program funded by this grant will utilize a mobile dental clinic that travels to 6 rural counties of the state and the onsite dental clinic at their main office to treat 500 Veterans in need.

Clinic Sessions

Healing Warriors Program, Boulder, CO

Healing Warriors Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing non-narcotic, Integrative Care therapies for the treatment of pain and symptoms of post-traumatic stress to veterans, active duty military service members, and their families throughout the Colorado Front Range and southern Wyoming. The mission of Healing Warriors Program is to advance individual well-being for veterans and their families through evidence-based Integrative Care services and education. We are a Registered VA Vendor and a Guidestar Platinum Star participant charity. 

Fresh Start Program

Vets on Track Foundation, Inc., Garrisonville, VA

The Vets on Track Foundation furnishes homes for veterans and their families who have been placed into permanent housing from living on the streets or in a shelter.  From sofas, beds, dining room tables and chairs, to dishes, silverware and pictures for the wall, to throw pillows and blankets, our volunteers work to turn every house into a warm and loving home.  Through our mission, we are able to complete the circle of support, which is needed to end veteran homelessness.