America Salutes You and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation are proud to support the work of the eight grantees who will benefit from text and online donations raised during the broadcast. All donations will go to the America Salutes You Campaign, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The McCormick Foundation pays all expenses associated with the donation. One hundred percent of funds raised will be granted to support the following non-profit organizations helping veterans, service members and their families across the country.
Bob Woodruff Foundation
In 2006, while on assignment in Iraq for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Bob Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle. Bob’s traumatic brain injury nearly killed him. Just 13 months later, Bob returned to ABC News with “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” His miraculous recovery inspired his family to do one thing: Give our injured heroes access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. The foundation asks people to stand up for these heroes so that these impacted veterans, service members and their families can thrive.
Easterseals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services
Easterseals Dixon Center believes veterans and military families can succeed where they live. The organization’s mission is to ensure that’s possible in every community. They work to break down barriers, encourage potential, engage communities, and connect veterans and their families with what they need for meaningful employment, education and overall wellness. Our national credibility and grassroots reach provides an unmatched, accessible, and indispensable resource for veterans and their families.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour™ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to harness the expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Give an Hour is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by their time of service. They provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents.
Honor Flight Network
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Subsequent to the World War II veterans, Honor Flight Network will focus efforts on our Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans, honoring them similarly.
Since 2006, ThanksUSA has been providing college, technical and vocational school, need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of U.S. military personnel. The organization was the brainchild of sisters Rachel and Kelsi Okun, when they were just 10 years old and 8 years old, respectively. To date, the 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation has awarded nearly 4,000 scholarships with a total value of $12 million.
Since 2006, Snowball Express has provided hope and happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. The non-profit brings together children from all over the world for a four-day fun-filled experience with activities such as sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more. The surviving parents of these children of the fallen often say that their child is reserved, withdrawn or unwilling to talk about their loss. Participating in Snowball Express changes that, making each child feel special, giving them an opportunity to make new friends and share their feelings with others who have experienced the same loss.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
Illinois Joining Forces
Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) was launched in 2012, through an inter-governmental agreement between the Illinois Departments of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and Military Affairs (IDMA) as a statewide, public-private network of military and veteran serving organizations working together to improve services for Service-members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF). They collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families identify and marshal resources and services available to them throughout the state including: Housing, Healthcare, Education & Entrepreneurship, Employment, Benefits, Spouse & Family Support, Legal and Volunteering.