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The WHMF is an all volunteer organization. So 100% of all cash donations go directly towards our operating costs, and then towards funding activities like the ones listed below. You are welcome to specify exactly which purpose you would like your donation to fund. i.e. Ticket Events, Group Outings, etc.
In-kind donations can be whatever you have that you think we can use to further our mission. If you have a pair of tickets to a game that you're not able to attend, or if you have a piece of land that would be fit for building a veterans camp. We consider all donations and we're grateful for the generosity of the community that supports us.
The WHMF is partnered with DISMISSED, a film project that’s focused on spreading the message about the power of community. Members of the WHMF will have an opportunity to participate in the making of the film. Learn more about the film at DismissedMovie.com or donate to the film project.
We encourage veterans to engage in whatever events they are comfortable doing. It can be as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee or as extravagant as two veteran families taking a vacation together. However your time, resources, and comfort allow you to serve one another.
WHMF organizes as many group events as our resources allow. Fishing trips, river kayaking trips, camping, and more. We share event information on our website as it is available.
We rely heavily on ticket donations from sports teams, venues, and promoters for this program. Members may submit a request to attend an event. Any tickets we have available for the events are first-come first-serve. Members who have not received tickets will have priority.
As more funding becomes available we will consider investing in recreational assets, to include a veterans camp, water sports equipment, season ticket packages, at other ways to create more opportunities to meet the desire to connect with veterans in our community.
Disconnected military veterans, who lack social support and a sense of belonging, are more at risk of experiencing negative outcomes compared to connected veterans who have strong social connections and a support system. There are several reasons for this:
Overall, social support and a sense of belonging are crucial for the wellbeing of military veterans. Connected veterans are more likely to have access to resources and support, which can help them transition successfully to civilian life and reduce their risk of negative outcomes.
Recreational activities can have numerous wellness benefits, including physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits.
Research tells us that recreational activities can have a multitude of positive effects on overall wellness, including physical health, mental health, emotional health, cognitive health, and social health. These benefits include increased activity levels, reduced stress and anxiety, improved mood and self-esteem, a sense of purpose and fulfillment, improved cognitive function and memory, and opportunities for social connection and support. Finding enjoyable activities and making them a regular part of one's routine can lead to a happier and healthier life.
Our goal is to connect with as many veterans as possible, to share our time, resources, knowledge, and experiences with fellow veterans. If you’re a connected veteran, we want to invite you to become a WHMF Ambassador. If you’re not yet connected, we want to invite you to connect with us!
When Joe Manns, founder of the Wiley H Manns Foundation, decided to start a non-profit organization to support veterans, he looked to the first two veterans he knew for inspiration – his late father and late grandfather.
Wiley H Manns, Sr was a WWII era Army veteran. Wiley H Manns, Jr was a post-Vietnam era Air Force veteran. Both men were blue collar, hardworking, true patriots who served our country honorably. Both were great role models with servants’ hearts – “the kind of men I aspire to be like”, Joe says.
The men they were exemplifies what this organization represents. The work we do to serve our veterans is inspired by the mark they left, and with that, they continue to serve our veterans and the country they loved so much.
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