Thanks for the Freedom! month

by Sun Meadow
AANR has designated July 2014 as Thanks for the Freedom! month. We will join AANR in celebrating our veterans during the entire month of July.

Look what veterans, active duty and inactive duty military personnel and their spouses can get during July 2014:

They will receive AANR grounds fees and room rates;
they will be offered a 3-month subscription to The Bulletin;
they will be put on the email list for the Undressed Press;
and they can get savings on advertising in The Bulletin.
In addition, AANR has encouraged us to have a fundraising event for a veterans nonprofit organization. Charitywatch.org, a nonprofit watchdog group, rates a host of different charities, and gives them a grade based on various factors.

• Nonprofits whose budgets devote at least 75% to programs,
• who spend $25 or less to raise $100,
• who do not hold excessive reserves,
• and who are “open-book” in their disclosures receive an A rating.

Three veterans charities received an A+ rating:

• Semper Fi Fund/Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
• Fisher House Foundation
• Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

We selected Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which raises funds to build centers serving returning veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress.

Here is their mission statement:
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families. Supporting these heroes helps repay the debt all Americans owe them for the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. They are, in the words of our founder, the late Zachary Fisher, “our nation’s greatest national resource,” and they deserve all the help that our nation can provide. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in meeting this important national mission.

Check out their website: http://www.fallenheroesfund.org

If you decide to donate, and if you itemize your tax deductions, you have two choices. You can donate on their website, but if you do, they will not know the donation comes as part of an AANR event. You can also make a check out to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and send or take it to Sun Meadow. We will send all those checks with a cover letter stating that the funds came from our AANR fundraising event. If you do not itemize your deductions, you can just put it on your Sun Meadow bill and pay it when you pay your other charges. We will write a single check for all those donations.