We have supported numerous organizations in the San Antonio area that care for and help our active duty military, reserve component, veterans and military families. As we partner with providers that serve specific needs in the military community, the awareness and concern spreads. It is our goal to continue to shed light on these needs and provide as much support as possible.
In our fiscal year, 2016-17, we have connected with numerous organizations that touch the lives of our Service members and their families.
a) Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC) and BAMC Auxiliary are always in need of supplemental support from charitable organizations such as the Military – Civilian Charitable Foundation. It was our honor and privilege to allocate funds for their needs. Baskets filled with basic essentials will help families cope with a stay of their child in Pediatric ICU. Comfort Bears, a therapy stuffed animal weighted to simulate a human infant, were provided to be used when a parent(s) suffer the loss of their baby. BAMC is “The Tip of the Sword” for healthcare in San Antonio and we intend to support them now and in years to come.
b) Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC) has once again been given gift cards worth thousands of dollars. The gift cards range from $10 to $100 and can help service members, veterans, and military family members struggling with health, monetary and family issues. The Military-Civilian Club is an incredibly generous group of women who make this event such a success!
c) Exceptional Family Member Program-Joint Base San Antonio (EFMP-JBSA) can’t put a price on happiness, but they can bring a smile to a special need, child’s face! Without the celebration events that are hosted by the EFMP-JBSA over the winter holidays and in the spring, these kiddos wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience what others take for granted. Due to ongoing funding cuts in the military, the need is increasing for organizations like ours to support them. Our Military Family Support Program members were privileged to attend the celebrations, and were continually thanked by EFMP staff and participants for our contribution.
d) Family Endeavors, a relatively new organization here in San Antonio, is at capacity for the services and care they can provide to active duty family members, veterans and veteran family members. The funds allocated by the MCCF support their effort to help in the area of mental health. Those in need of lab work and medications are unable to get them due to lack of resources. We were able to provide funding for this crucial element in their care.
e)The Veterans Administration in SA requested a contribution that would target a very specific need. Transportation for many of our veterans is a huge issue, so the VA asked for bus passes. The MCCF purchased over 1,540 bus passes, and we are confident this will have a profoundly positive effect on our veteran community.