Winchester, CA – National nonprofit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) will present an arts and crafts exhibit featuring the work of renowned guest artist Harry Oxford, at its Grand Junction (Colo.) Community Based Crafts (CBC) center.

Oxford, a well known historic replication modeler and artist, will be unveiling the second portion of his three-part exhibit on Thursday, August 28 at 2 p.m. The CBC is located at 1670 North Avenue in Grand Junction.

Oxford will feature his leather, beadwork and fur trade replicas, along with historical information about the fur trade era as it was recorded through the accounts of early settlers and Native Americans.

This is a must-see exhibit for history buffs, students, and those interested in arts and crafts. Military veterans are particularly encouraged to attend. The Grand Junction CBC is one of four regional arts and crafts centers in the United States.

Since 1971, HHV has donated more than 29 million therapeutic arts and crafts kits to U.S. military veterans receiving health care to support their recovery and rehabilitation. For more information about the Grand Junction Art Exhibit, contact Lisa Smith at (970) 424-0499.

For more information about HHV products or services, or to find out how you can receive free arts and crafts kits, visit HHV.org or call (toll-free) 888-567-VETS (8387).

Winchester, CA – National nonprofit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) is proud to announce its partnership with the Grand Junction Rockies (GJR) Baseball Team in hosting its first ever Military Appreciation Days. These Appreciation Days will honor all active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

All past and present military personnel (with proper ID) will be admitted to every Grand Junction Rockies Sunday home game for just $5.00 throughout the 2014 season. The 2014 Appreciation Days schedule is: June 22 – July 6, 13, 27 and August 17, 31. On these days, the GJR and Help Hospitalized Veterans will honor, on the field, a special military family. The GJR play at Suplizio Field, 1315 North Avenue, and are a Pioneer League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Team.

“HHV is extremely proud to be able to support this wonderful initiative designed to give recognition and honor to our nation’s veterans and their families,” said Diane Hartmann, HHV chief executive officer. “Baseball is synonymous with America and we cannot think of a better way to show appreciation to our men and women in uniform than by taking their families to the ballpark for a day of fun.”

HHV’s presence in Grand Junction began through one of its four regional arts and crafts centers. Veterans in the area are encouraged to visit the HHV Community Based Arts & Crafts Center at 1670 North Avenue and receive free arts and crafts kits. HHV’s primary mission is to put therapeutic products and services into the hands of all veterans receiving health care.

Winchester, CA – Help Hospitalized Veterans’ (HHV) Community Based Arts and Crafts Center invites all Chicago area veterans to usher in the summer by making their own pair of leather moccasins, FREE!

The workshop will provide the moccasin kits with all the trimmings, including beads, feathers and paint. Please join us for some light refreshments and a fun afternoon of crafting and socializing with other veterans. All art and craft kits are free at all HHV locations, because HHV and its supporters believe the price has already been paid by our veterans’ sacrifices.

This event will also support veterans in the community that are homebound or hospitalized by assembling additional moccasins to give them.

We are located at 6243-B West 26th Street in Berwyn. The workshop will be held from 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Friday, June 27th. Please call (708) 484-9508 to register, as space is limited.

Winchester, CA – With Memorial Day just around the corner, many Americans think about military veterans from our communities who made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor them with parades and other celebrations, and watch with bittersweet emotion as elderly veterans stand to salute during the National Anthem.

We remind ourselves that hundreds of thousands of veterans pass away each year, and with their passing comes the sound of TAPS, echoing throughout the cemeteries where they rest. In 2000, Congress passed legislation providing veterans the right to have TAPS played at their funerals. Sadly, there are often not enough buglers available for live performances at every burial. A portable stereo playing TAPS from a CD was a good attempt, but good wasn’t “good enough” for retired Marine and bugler Tom Day.

Day felt the digital recording did not provide the dignity and respect these veterans deserved, so in 2001 he founded Bugles Across America. Since then, Day has recruited thousands of buglers and now has volunteers performing in all 50 states, and even some overseas.

“The passing of an American veteran is a great loss to their families, their communities and also our country,” said Diane Hartmann, CEO of national nonprofit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV). “HHV is pleased to support the mission of Bugles Across America so this sacred music may be performed by a live bugler at every veteran’s gravesite. It is truly a worthwhile endeavor.”

Salute To America—The First Of The Official HHV Veterans Concert Series
To Be Held In Belton, Texas As A Salute To America’s Military, Veterans And Their Families
• In Cooperation With Soldier’s Wish •
• Featuring Award-Winning Country Music Super Group Lonestar •


NASHVILLE, TN – The national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) is proud to present A Veterans Concert Series. The military and family entertainment program has been organized to recognize our nation’s veterans, active military servicemen and women and his and her families at multiple shows scheduled to be held throughout the year. The first in the series is the Salute To America Concert—Belton befittingly planned to take place on Memorial Day Weekend in Belton, TX at the Bell County Expo Center (301 West Loop 121, Belton, TX) on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM in cooperation with Soldier’s Wish.

The family-fun outing will elevate the organization’s noble mission and initiative to demonstrate support and offer respects to veterans and military families in an official “salute” to America’s veterans, active military and Gold Star Families (those that have lost an immediate family member in combat).

“We wish to pay tribute, show honor and respect, and extend the ‘thanks’ of a grateful Nation to all the men and women who have served, or are currently serving in our nation’s military, and their respective families,” Honorable John Meagher, Help Hospitalized Veterans, Chairman, Board of Directors introduced. “The Belton, TX Salute To America Event is just one of many HHV initiatives—a year long, daily concentration—to show our heartfelt appreciation.”

Salute To America—Belton, to be held in the Garth Arena, will commence with a poignant performance of “Taps” in memory of our brothers and sisters of service who have sacrificed their lives on our behalf. The award-winning country group, Lonestar, will headline the main event.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has enjoyed multi-platinum status since the group’s national debut in 1995 and achieved 10 No. 1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me” and their crossover smash “Amazed” (which was also No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100). Lonestar’s decorated achievements include a 1999 ACM Single [and Song] Of The Year Award for “Amazed” and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group Of The Year Award. The multi-talented group is currently on tour promoting its newest single, entitled “Just The Rain,” from the latest full-length album, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT.

Lending their time and talents to support America’s armed forces, the band members, Richie McDonald, Dean Sams, Michael Britt and Keech Rainwater, have performed for U.S. soldiers stationed overseas in Iraq and Kuwait on multiple occasions and notes that their classic “I’m Already There” elicits powerful and emotional displays from men and women who have sacrificed so much in order to defend our country.

“When you can truly say that what you do can make a difference, that it really can impact somebody’s life in a positive way, that’s the greatest thing,” said Lonestar group member Dean Sams.

Admission to Salute To America—Belton is FREE. Tickets are available by reservation at the Bell County Expo Center Box Office. (NOTE: Tickets are limited; due to the immense demand, ticket distribution is first-come, first-serve.) For more information, visit: http://hhv.org/hhv-sponsorships/veterans-concert-series.

A Veterans Concert Series (originally known as Valentines For Veterans Concerts) celebrated success at its spring events in Nashville, TN and Prescott, AZ; the 2014 series will also host events in Grand Junction, CO (June), Chicago, IL (August) with additional dates and cities to be announced. The HHV Community Based Arts & Crafts Centers will have a presence throughout the series offering active military and veteran’s access to its free therapeutic arts and crafts kits. [For more information on the HHV Community Based Arts & Crafts Centers, visit: http://hhv.org/hhv-programs/community-based-arts-crafts-centers.]

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Salute To America Concerts (under the HHV A Veterans Concert Series umbrella) are conducted in various, numerous cities throughout the United States with the goal and purpose to honor our veterans and their families, increase awareness of the needs of veterans, encourage volunteerism to benefit veterans and provide the public with an additional opportunity to express their appreciation for America’s Gold Star families. HHV A Veterans Concert Series programs/events provide veterans and their families an opportunity to reconnect, bond, relax and enjoy “family time.” The concerts are always free to attend as organizers believe “the price has already been paid by our veteran’s sacrifices.” The organization also offers an exciting new way to engage the community and to attract a “new generation” of volunteers.

Soldier’s Wish was created by like-minded citizens in an effort to create an event to raise funds to help honor and support veterans and active-duty military. Since its inception, Soldier’s Wish has devoted time to identifying unmet needs of veterans and providing resources and support directly to veterans and/or their families in order for them to lead normal and productive lives. Soldier’s Wish continues to educate the public about the needs of veteran’s and active duty communities, as well as encourages the public to donate funds or volunteer their time to aid in veteran support.

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Winchester, CA – Curtis Smith is a veteran of the United States Navy.  He spent several years of his life homeless, having lost close family members over a short period of time.  “The losses really took a toll on me.  First I lost my grandmother,” he said.  “After that, I searched for and located my father, moving to live closer to him. Shortly after, though, he passed away.  Then my mother died.”

Their deaths left him depressed and unable to care for himself for several years.
Smith entered a program that helps veterans get back on their feet.  He soon was able to move into an apartment on his own.

“Now I just take each day as it comes,” said Smith.  “What helps,” he explained, “is volunteering for Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) at one of its Community Based Crafts Centers.  I was still secluding myself, staying home a lot.  So, when the new Crafts Center in Temple opened in 2013, I thought I’d give it a try.”

Smith, an articulate and compassionate person, now helps other veterans tap into their own creative outlets at the Center.  He understands and listens while teaching them how to assemble crafts.

“Curtis displays extraordinary patience with other veterans,” explained Dan Scott, a Craft Care Specialist who works at the Center.  He describes Smith as “a team player, always willing to go the extra mile in helping a fellow veteran.”

Help Hospitalized Veterans invites other veterans in the Temple area to visit the Crafts Center and give craft kits a try. “The kits are free, and the camaraderie is priceless.”

The Texas Crafts Center is located across the street from Temple College, at 2508 South 5th Street.  The phone number is (254) 773-8900.
Help Hospitalized Veterans has provided free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to veterans receiving health care since 1971, with over 28 million kits distributed to date.

In addition to the Temple Crafts Center, Help Hospitalized Veterans has three more regional Community Based Crafts Centers:  Grand Junction, Colorado (970) 424-0499, Bay Pines, Florida (727) 592-4987, and Chicago, Illinois (708) 484-9508.

HHV invites all veterans from of every branch of the U.S. military – not just those near a Craft Center – to take advantage of its new Patient Home Rehabilitation program, which provides arts and craft kits directly to the homes of veterans.

Winchester, CA – Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), the nation’s largest provider of free therapeutic arts and craft kits to veterans who receive healthcare will be hosting a special arts & crafts clinic on March 21, 2014 in the Chicago area.

Veterans are invited to come to HHV’s new Community Based Crafts center (CBC) and build a bird house or bird feeder. The crafts and necessary supplies to build and decorate them will be provided free of charge – as always – along with light refreshments.

The CBC in Berwyn, Illinois is one of four regional centers that HHV has made available to Chicago-area veterans to have a place to go and work on arts and crafts in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

Other CBC locations include Grand Junction, Colorado; Bay Pines, Florida and Temple, Texas.

The Berwyn CBC event will be held March 21, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at 6243-B West 26th Street.

Please call (708) 484-9508 to register or if you have any questions. Because of the high demand expected, veterans are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Winchester, CA – Captain Bertis McMillan joined the U.S. Army in 1983. Knowing his true calling was in helping save lives, he trained to become a combat medic. McMillan continued his medical education and became a licensed physician assistant (PA).

Years later while serving in Afghanistan, McMillan’s armored transport vehicle was hit by an IED. “I felt the blast, but didn’t suffer so much as a scratch,” McMillan said.

Following his discharge from the military, McMillian worked as a physician assistant. Over time, he started developing memory issues, and lost the ability to maintain his PA credentials. He attributed the problem to boxing. McMillan had participated in the sport since age 14, coaching two teams while in the military.

“I started to feel uncomfortable around people and began going into seclusion. That led to depression and feelings of worthlessness. I enrolled in VA’s healthcare system and began receiving treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury,” he said. “VA staff got me to open up and share my experiences, and suggested I try using art as a form of introspection.”

McMillan discovered an arts and crafts program sponsored by Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV). He began visiting HHV’s new Community Based Crafts (CBC) location near Tampa, Florida.

“It was tough at first because I was so isolated, but I made new friends through the CBC,” said McMillan. “When I don’t go, they call to check on me. Having a place for veterans to go and share with each other is essential,” he added.

WINCHESTER, CA – National nonprofit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in cooperation with Soldier’s Wish and the Yavapai County Community Foundation will host a gala Valentines for Veterans Salute to America’s Veterans Concert on February 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott, Arizona.

The event is part of HHV’s national Concert initiative, which is designed to show respect and appreciation to America’s veterans and Gold Star families and encourage citizens to volunteer at community hospitals and medical centers.

“HHV has hosted more than 60 veterans appreciation Concerts over the last five years and we are honored to once again host this year’s annual Concert series,” said The Honorable John M. Meagher, chairman of the HHV board of directors. “These Concerts are doing more than entertaining our veterans and their families,” Meagher added. “They are becoming a valuable platform from which HHV is able to encourage citizens to volunteer.”

HHV has helped recruit over a thousand new volunteers over the last five years – directly through the Concerts. These folks are now serving our veterans in hospitals, state veterans homes and medical centers across the country.

Adding to the significance of the concert event, national nonprofit organization Soldier’s Wish will be gifting a “wish” to a deserving local Prescott-area veteran during the evening’s festivities.

The Concert will feature legendary R&B artists The Chi-Lites and pop oldies icons Gary Lewis and The Playboys.

The Chi-Lites, whose singles “Oh Girl” and “Have You Seen Her” reached number one on the R&B charts, are still popular today with artists such as Beyoncé and Jay Z. Gary Lewis and The Playboys, who were discovered while performing at Disneyland in 1964, became an overnight sensation with their hit song “This Diamond Ring.” Gary Lewis is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and son of famed actor and comedian Jerry Lewis.

The Concerts are free. “Our veterans and their families have already paid the price through their service and sacrifice for our country,” Meagher said. “We are very grateful to our sponsors as well as those directly involved with putting this event together.”

Since 1971, Help Hospitalized Veterans has put over 28 million therapeutic arts and crafts kits into the hands of veterans receiving healthcare worldwide, and is the founding sponsor of the national Valentines for Veterans Concert Series. U.S. military veterans are encouraged to apply for free at-home craft kit delivery, as part of HHV’s Patient Home Rehabilitation program. Veterans are also encouraged to visit HHV’s new Community Based Crafts centers in Grand Junction, Colorado; Temple, Texas; Bay Pines, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.

Winchester, CA – National nonprofit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in cooperation with Bugles Across America and Soldier’s Wish will host a gala concert event in honor of American Gold Star Families on February 8, 2014 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

The concert will kickoff HHV’s annual national concert initiative, which was designed to show appreciation to America’s veterans, respect and appreciation to America’s Gold Star families and to encourage citizens to volunteer at medical facilities.

Other concerts are planned for Prescott, Arizona; Temple, Texas; Grand Junction, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois.

“HHV is honored to host the national concert series,” said Diane Hartmann, CEO of Help Hospitalized Veterans. “These concerts do more than entertain our veterans and their families, they shine a light on the importance and need for volunteers at hospitals across the nation,” Hartmann added.

This year each concert has a different theme. Nashville’s concert highlights America’s Gold Star families—those who have lost a family member in combat. The performance lineup features country music superstars Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley. Also appearing are Lucas Hoge, Laura Lynn, and Susan D. Wiseman, The Tribute Lady.

In keeping with their motto, “The price has already been paid by the sacrifices of our military,” HHV ensures that admission is free.

Several Nashville-area elementary schoolchildren have also been invited to participate by creating handmade Valentine’s, which will be presented to Gold Star family members in attendance. “Many Americans are unaware of what a Gold Star family is. Our elementary school initiative helps educate our young about what it means to be free, what freedom costs, and how important it is to recognize and thank those who have served,” said Hartmann.

Since 1971, HHV has provided over 28 million arts and crafts kits to veterans receiving healthcare, and is the founding sponsor of the annual national Valentines for Veterans Concert Series.