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Giving Back to Veterans

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President Paul Loska volunteers with supporters of PTSD Foundation of America for the Annual BBQ Cook-Off.

PTSD Foundation of America serves those who suffer from post-traumatic stress by counseling and mentoring military service members, raising awareness of their needs, and networking organizations together to meet the needs of the military community. ICON is proud to support the PTSD Foundation of America program Camp Hope Houston which offers temporary housing for Wounded Warriors

The unique team at Camp Hope, comprised of combat veterans and civilian pastoral staff, developed a 90+ day PTSD recovery program for residents to attend individual and group support sessions, participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local events), get involved with local organizations, and receive job placement assistance.

The Camp Hope community embraces our troops, veterans, and their families as they seek the rewarding and fulfilling lives they so richly deserve. Contact the PTSD Veteran Line at 877-717-PTSD (7873) for information, acceptance criteria, and availability. Visit the Camp Hope website to donate and help PTSD Foundation of America continue to offer the message of hope and healing to military men and women and their families.

According to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), over 48,000 American servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent conflicts. As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. ICON supports the holistic approach that Wounded Warrior Project takes to honor and empower these warriors and their families. The mission of WWP is to care for the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

Programs include the Combat Stress Recovery Program, Transition Training Academy, Warriors to Work, and more. Please learn more about WWP here and consider a donation that will help make a difference in the lives of these heroes.

One in three returning troops are being diagnosed with serious Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. The mission of PTSD Foundation of America is to bring healing to the military community and bring awareness to their needs. PTSD Foundation of America has upcoming plans to expand services for veterans in San Diego, and ICON is honored to support the organization and partner with them in serving the veteran community. Please visit their website here to make a donation.

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Interfaith is building a new 10,000 sq ft Veteran and Family Resource Center on N. Ash St. in Escondido: This project will be an invaluable resource to serve local homeless veterans and their families. ICON is glad to partner with Johnson & Jennings and the rest of the project’s team for this center’s building supply needs and most importantly, we are grateful for this opportunity to help and support those in our community who deserve it the most.

Interfaith is the largest provider of veteran’s services in North County, according to Dean Dauphinais, director of veterans services for Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services. Interfaith is trying to raise $2.75 million to complete construction of the new Veteran and Family Resource Center in Escondido. Visit their website here for ways to support and get involved.

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Giving Back to Low-Income Families

From volunteering, to providing supplies, to even shopping at the Re-Store Escondido, there are many ways to support San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH). SDHFH provides affordable housing for low-income families all over San Diego County. This long-standing organization is led by committed and hardworking staff that work day in and day out to serve low-income families in need.

Since 1988, San Diego Habitat for Humanity has built over 200 homes for over 900 men, women, and children, with the support of nearly 200,000 volunteers as well as corporate and government partners.

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Habitat homes, such as the homes under construction on N. Elm St in Escondido, are sold to those earning 30-80% of the median area income. They are sold at no profit and are financed by a 0%-interest 25 to 30-year mortgage. Visit the SDHFH website and click here for ways to support. With generous donations and volunteer support, San Diego Habitat can continue to pass on significant savings and housing opportunities to the community in need.

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Join Hands Save a Life (JHSL) reached out to ICON regarding construction materials for their Free Youth Center Gym in Carlsbad. The gym will be a recreational center that provides constructive alternatives for the at-risk low-income teens in our community.

Since its inception, JHSL has served over 250 individuals resulting in over 5,000 youth visits on an annual basis, offering opportunities for young people to make positive life choices and expand their minds, bodies, souls, and overall health. The Youth Center Gym Project is still in need of much support for its completion. Visit the Join Hands Save a Life Facebook page and contact founder Frank Sorino here for updates and more information on how to support.

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Operation Home, based in South Carolina, is dedicated to increasing safety and accessibility for low-income residents of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchestor counties. Operation Home aids families that are in need of critical home repairs, particularly households that have children, a person with a disability, or an older adult.

Since it was founded, Operation Home has repaired and provided heating and air conditioning systems to hundreds of homes. ICON has partnered with Greystar in giving to this great cause. Visit the Operation Home website and consider donating to support their mission to help people have safe and accessible homes.

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