Thanks to the generous support from Lee and Penny Anderson, and other individual donors who have championed the efforts of the PenFed Foundation Defenders Lodge project since its inception in 2008, the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge was opened for veterans and their families in May 2014. This unique facility provides a home and respite to veterans and their families undergoing outpatient treatment at the Palo Alto, California VA Medical Center. We could not have accomplished this without the support of all of those who donated to this effort and helped us reach our $11 million target goal!
Years of war have rendered Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) service members with severe physical, mental, and emotional scars that will likely impact them throughout their lives. The financial implications and consequences of these scars are well documented and can affect all aspects of their lives and the lives of their family members, impacting their housing and employment opportunities, as well as their overall financial well-being.
The Military Heroes Fund provides wounded veterans, military families, and caregivers with financial assistance and support that the Veterans Administration cannot offer due to budgetary and regulatory restrictions. These unmet needs are identified by VA advocates, National Guard case workers, the Army Wounded Warrior Program, and non-profit referral partners like Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
The Military Heroes Fund (MHF) has two components: