Please take a moment to view and, if willing and able, contribute to these causes important to me. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help.
Kimberly Kaye Doesn’t Fight Alone
Kim Kaye Lopez is an accomplished writer, brilliant vocalist/actress/all around talent, and most of all, a dear friend. Not so long ago we crossed paths, and in that time she taught me the mastery of hashtags and what a concave pose is. Diagnosed with a rare disorder called Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction, CIPO for short, Kim battles every day against complete organ failure. Please take a moment to learn about this extraordinary person and help if you can. Oh, and if you’re in the New Orleans area, be sure to check out her shows and gigs, you won’t regret it!
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. I had the privilege to join this organization two years ago and witness the Long Island’s chapter growth to where it is now 1000 members strong! Exceptionally effective, this organization rekindles a veterans purpose and helps to reintegrate them back to civilian life. A key feature, Team RWB is open to active military, veterans, and civilians alike, further helping to bridge the civilian/military divide. Please check them out and find a local chapter by you to help support our vets!
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Each day 22 veterans take their own life. But together we can win the war against veteran suicide. Each 22 you post, share, or tweet using #Mission22 helps raise awareness and gives hope to a veteran.
The goal at Under the Shield is to meet the unique needs of law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, military personnel and their family members by providing support through confidential services, education, and public awareness. Military and emergency services such as law enforcement statistically lead our society in suicide, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These statistics are indicative of the serious lack of support and resources for law enforcement personnel and their families. Thus, the necessity for the creation of Under the Shield.
The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 20,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and it is with great honor that the ODMP pays a lasting tribute to each of these officers by preserving their memories within its pages. All who visit the ODMP will be deeply moved by the countless stories of selfless courage and heroism exhibited by officers who lost their lives while serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation.
National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund
Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to telling the story of American Law Enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial—the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil each May 13th to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse.