Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That's a suicide every 65
minutes. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and over the next few
weeks, we hope you’ll take a moment to support Wounded Warrior Project
efforts to help returned warriors suffering from invisible wounds to
take advantage of mental health programs and find the support they need
to leave the battlefield behind and readjust to civilian life.
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs
for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law
enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live
with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the
puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn
what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB
programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals
every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and
independence and security to those they serve.
B3 Solutions has sponsored two dogs, Buddy and Victory, that have already completed the program. Buddy is working at the ATF while Victory is with the DEA. B3 has raised the funds through its own money and donations from its employees to sponsor another dog and is currently on the waiting list for a dog to sponsor. We have also begun fundraising to sponsor a fourth dog.
Please visit www.puppiesbehindbars.com to learn more, to donate, or to sponsor your own dog. If you would like to help B3 sponsor a dog, please go to the contact us page and fill out the form and we will get in touch with you.
Hope For The Warriors® is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual DMV Run
For The Warriors® 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk/Run. This race is dedicated to
the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and
families of the fallen. It is a celebration of their strength and
resolve and a promise to continue restoring self, family, and hope. By
uniting the entire community, military and civilian alike, this unique
event embraces wounded warriors and their families in the shared belief
that there is hope beyond recovery. All proceeds from the race will
benefit wounded warriors and their families through our many Hope For
The Warriors® programs. To read more or to register to run, click here.
To volunteer for the run, click here.
Lisa W. is a member of the
Board of Directors for OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) Fairfax
County in Fairfax, Virginia, which is a restorative justice organization
providing human services to criminal offenders and their families. OAR’s
efforts are focused on rebuilding lives and breaking the cycle of crime.
W. serves as an officer on the Trustee Board at the Peoples Community
Baptist Church, in Silver Spring, MD. He also mentors middle school and
high school age youth in the Men's Rights of Passage program sponsored by the
church. Additionally, Jim is on the board of directors for Hearts &
Homes for Youth, in Maryland, which provides foster care for 150 youth who are
in need of temporary housing, counseling and other social services.
Philip K. is a volunteer with the Pima County
(Arizona) Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as a
Communications General Class amateur (HAM) radio operator providing Pima County
and Southeast Arizona with emergency backup communications and
interoperability. He also is a Hospital Team Leader at Northwest Medical
Center for backup hospital communications. Philip is also a Red Cross Disaster
Services volunteer providing emergency radio communications and presently in
training for other disaster services.
Sunday October 18, 2015, B3 Solutions sponsored the 2nd Annual DMV Run for the
Warriors in support of Hope for the Warriors. In addition to sponsoring the
run, a team of B3 employees participated in both the 5K Run and the 1 Mile
Run/Walk. The team was able to raise more than $200 through the support of
friends, family, and fellow B3 employees. This was B3 Solutions second year
supporting the run and participating as a team in the run. Philip Taylor, Tim
Lo, and Aresa Hatter along with their friends and family participated in
the run. We look forward to continued support and participation in the DMV Run
for the Warriors for years to come.
B3 Solutions is a company that is truly dedicated to hiring and retaining veterans and their family members, so much so that VetJobs has awarded B3 with their Outstanding Veteran Employer Award!
VetJobs is the leading military job board for reaching the 10.5 million military veterans currently in the work force, the 150 thousand active duty military personnel who transition each year, the over 200,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve who return to the United States each year from extended deployments, and their family members. Please visit www.vetjobs.com to learn more.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's Veterans for all of their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. from throughout the United States to visit and reflect at their memorials. Volunteers are always needed to serve as airport greeters when veterans arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). You can visit http://honorflightdca.com/schedule-2/ anytime for an updated schedule of flights arriving at DCA. You are required to have a gate pass in order to greet the veterans as they arrive through the gate, which you can obtain at the link provided; you will need to provide your name, email address, and date of birth. If you are not interested in providing your personal information, you can greet our veterans outside of the gate, just be sure to check for the terminal that the flight will be arriving in on the day you plan to attend. Our mission is to ensure our Nation's Heroes receive the Heroes' Welcome they deserve, and to make their trip to the Nation's Capital an unforgettable day. As a greeter, you have the opportunity to not only meet our Veterans right at the gate, but if time allows in your schedule, you can meet them shortly thereafter directly at the WWII Memorial. In addition to greeting our Veterans with a cheer, a handshake or a hug, please feel free to bring with you signage that you create welcoming our Veterans and/or American Flags to wave as veterans arrive.
Please watch the Honor Flight video to see what the day is all about! If you are not in the DC area to meet our veterans as they arrive, you can visit the Honor Flight Network at www.honorflight.org to search for a list of their regional hubs. If you find a hub near you, there is a list of dates that you can meet veterans as they depart for Washington DC!
Pam H, is a member of the Steadman Keenan American Legion Post 96 in Brunswick, MD. On October 18th, the Post held a "Warming Our Vets" blanket making party ( a local Post initiative). Members of the Legion, the Sons of the Legion, the Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders as well as local church members, community members and Community Living clients participated in building No Sew Blankets that will be given to each of the Wounded Warriors that will be attending the Brunswick Veterans Day Parade on November 8th. (NOTE OF INTEREST: The Brunswick Veterans Day Parade is the longest running Veterans Day Parade in the US with this year being their 83rd year!)
Pam and other fellow volunteers managed to build 36 "no sew" blankets to add to the roughly 35 crocheted/knitted/quilted and sewn blankets that have already been completed. Pam completed 2 No Sew blankets that day and is crocheting 2 more. Each blanket has a tag sewn on it stating "Hand made by the members of Post 96". Any blankets that are left over after the parade will be taken to the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg in late November. From there, the plan is to give each home bound Veteran in Frederick County, MD a blanket of their own, so no Vet goes cold this winter. To read more about this great day to "Warm our Vets", please visit: http://cqrcengage.com/blc/app/document/9887976
In a continuing effort to stay involved and give back to our community, B3 Solutions makes donations to our local YMCA. This past Summer the YMCA celebrated their 21st Annual Thingamajic Convention, an event that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). More than 4000 children and 400 volunteers participated in the festivities where kids design their experience, and are offered numerous opportunities to learn, play and be inspired through STEM. You can learn more about this annual event at http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=25.
Please join as
we landscape SGT Doug Harris' future home in Romney, West Virginia! We begin at 10 a.m. and go until the work is
done that day. Please bring small garden tools and garden gloves.
Click here to read more and to volunteer.
On Sunday, November 22, 2015, Heart Strings for Heroes will
be hosting its ‘Third Annual Purple Heart Honors’ Cruise’ in the Gulf of Mexico
honoring five Florida Purple Heart Heroes and the family of one of our fallen
Heroes. Nominated by Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting’s WEDU Arts Plus
and WEDU-TV for the 2015’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
39th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards, the goal for the Heart Strings for Heroes’
guitars is to help improve our Purple Heart Heroes overall quality of life with
the miracle of music. Clinical research has proven that music helps
individuals cope socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally.
The day’s events will begin with a Military Motorcycle
Honors’ Ride poker run in Clearwater, FL and conclude at Coachman Park’s Marina
where registrants will go on a 3 hour cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.
During the cruise, our Purple Heart Heroes and the family of one of our fallen
Heroes will each receive a guitar.
B3 Solutions is proud to be one of the sponsors for this
this website for details: www.heartstringsforheroes.com
If you are interested in helping
with the placement of Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on
Saturday, December 12, 2015, there is no other sign-up or registration
required. Just show up at McClellan Arch located on McClellan Drive between Sections
33 and 12 on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The public will be
allowed entry to the cemetery at 8:00 a.m. There is also no age limit to
participate - families are encouraged to come together. The details can be
found on the Wreaths Across America web page at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
and on the Arlington Wreath’s Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/ArlingtonWreaths
If you live in the MD, DC, or VA area and are looking for something fun and exciting to do, check out our very own Terri M. (Proposal Coordinator and Graphic Designer at B3 HQ) and her adorable son Mikey in A Christmas Carol! Mikey plays the role of Tiny Tim, while Terri completely steps out of character to play Fezziwig, the smart, happy, businessman that Scrooge apprenticed to as a young man, and is part of the famous Ghost of Christmas Past scenes. Playing at the Boys and Girls Club in North Beach, MD, there are 6 shows left! For ticket information and more details please visit: https://www.twinbeachplayers.com/ - please also be sure to check out their first review, where Terri and Mickey are both mentioned: http://www.theatrebloom.com/2015/11/review-a-christmas-carol-at-twin-beach-players/
With the help of our “One Team” employees, B3 was able
to participate in the Salvation Army’s toy drive for the 3rd year in
a row. B3 team members donated toys for boys and girls ranging from toddler to
pre-teen. And with a higher demand for children from 10-12, we were also able
to overfill a duffle bag with clothes full of pants, shirts, and jackets for
both boys and girls.
For the 4th year in a row, B3 purchased
turkeys and all the trimmings that go into a Thanksgiving feast for 50 families
within the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA). With the help of
our team at B3 Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, we were able to bag all of the
items and get all of the food out to the families in time for Thanksgiving!
In honor of
"Greenlight A Vet," we have placed green lights in the reception area
of our Alexandria, VA office. By changing one light to green in a visible
location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office, you also can support
this effort. Don't forget to keep it glowing every day as a symbol of
appreciation and support for our veterans. To learn more visit www.greenlightavet.com.
Please join us on February 8th for the 12th Annual Operation Jumpstart event, featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the music of the Bank Street Band.
It’s a great place to network, have fun and give back to service
members making a transition from a military career to a civilian career.
We anticipate a full house, so registration is required!
Read more here.
B3 Solutions is
a proud sponsor of the 3rd Annual Boulder Crest Retreat Golf
Retreat (BCR) is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center
dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families. BCR is committed
to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual and economic wellbeing of this
remarkable community of heroes so they can prepare for their new mission - a
life of passion, purpose and service - here at home. Boulder Crest Retreat
achieves their mission by delivering free, short-duration, high-impact combat
stress recovery retreats for combat veterans, couples, families, caregivers and
gold star families. Everything that BCR does at the Retreat is free to combat
veterans and their families, and is made possible by the generosity of private
individuals, corporations and foundations. Join us on June 27th at
Dominion Valley Country Club for the 3rd Annual Boulder Crest
Retreat Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Veterans Management Services, Inc.
All proceeds directly benefit Boulder Crest and their vision to Heal
Heroes. One Family at a Time. For more information about the tournament
please email BCRGolf@vetms.com and to learn more about this
incredible organization, visit www.bouldercrestretreat.org
Three months into his first deployment, Army Sergeant Kevin Jaye, an Infantryman with the 1-64 AR 3rd
Infantry Division, stepped on a pressure plate improvised explosive
device while on dismounted patrol in the Panjway District of Afghanistan
on June 24, 2012. The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and
extensive damage to the left leg and ankle.
Click here to read more.
The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority
(ARHA), in partnership with the Recreation Department and Alexandria
City Public Schools will be putting on their 4th annual theatrical
production starting this evening at 7pm at the Richard Kauffman
Auditorium (Lee Center). This years production, "U-Street The
Musical" is focused on homelessness in America and was inspried by the 3
panel art piece that ARHA owns. All information about the show,
including show times, dates, and how to purchase tickets can be found at https://ustreetmusical.wordpress.com/
Individuals who are unable to attend but would like to sponsor a public
housing resident to attend can do so on their Gofundme campaign page at
https://www.gofundme.com/ustreetmusical Proceeds will benefit ARHA's Summer performing arts program and other social service initiatives. Please come out and help us support our local community!
Saturday, you are invited to join us in volunteering for the Wreath Across
America Clean Up at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).
All ANC pedestrian gates will open at 8:00am. Clockwise
from north these gates include the Ord-Weitzel gate (near the Iwo Jima Memorial
and Rosslyn Metro), the main cemetery and the Welcome Center gates (nearest
Arlington Cemetery Metro), the south Maintenance Complex gate (nearest Pentagon
and Pentagon City Metro, and the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel gate. PLEASE NOTE
– the maintenance gate will close at 2:00pm on Saturday; so if you want to exit
via the maintenance gate, please make sure you do so before 2:00pm.
At 8:30am there will be a short Volunteer Instructional
Briefing at the McClellan Arch Gate located just off Eisenhower Drive between
Section 33 and 12, on McClellan Drive. Wreath clean-up will start at
approximately 8:45am. Volunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths
placed in December leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place.
There will be several dumpsters placed throughout the cemetery to dispose of
the wreaths. We have a very limited number of dumpsters available so we
ask the volunteers to pack the wreaths as tight as possible in the dumpsters
and to stay available at least until 12:00 Noon, if possible, to help with any
extra wreath disposal needed at locations throughout the cemetery.
With the support of our B3 “One
Team” we were able to send a holiday care package to deployed soldiers of
Charlie Company. Last week we received a thank you letter that we are very
excited to share!
DECEMBER 27, 2015
On behalf of Charlie Company, I would like to extend to you our heartfelt appreciation for your generous care packages to our Soldiers. It goes without measure the positive impact a kind gesture can have on the morale and spirit of the men and women serving in our unit. The holiday season for Soldiers can be a lonely time but your care packages have really brought the Holiday Spirit to all the Soldiers! The knowledge that someone back home, recognizes and appreciates our Soldiers sacrifice to our great nation inspires confidence each and every day. So on behalf of Charlie Company, we would like to wish you and your organization a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Veterans Reintegration Program funds to provide employment assistance
for approximately 6,000 vets
The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training
Service (DOL-VETS) has announced the availability of Homeless
Veterans’ Reintegration Program funding of $13 million to
provide an estimated 6,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs
to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing
and good civilian jobs. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom,
and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance,
including follow-up services.
Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and
local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit
organizations, and tribal governments, including faith-based and community
The full solicitation for
grant applications can be found here.
Applications are due March 23, 2016.
and his wife Carolyn, members of our family in Arizona, are helping to raise
funds for their local YMCA. If you are interested in supporting David and
Carolyn in this cause, please contact Katie in our HQ office at 571-384-1400.
just four areas impacted by TBI and some alarming symptoms that further disrupt
the lives of injured heroes:
As part of our community outreach and volunteering and
charitable engagement with Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA),
B3 Solutions again this year donated 75 Easter Baskets to children living in
local public housing communities to help brighten up their day.
ARHA will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on:
Friday, March 25, 2016 1– 3 pm
The Ruby Tucker Family Center
322 Tancil Ct., Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314
If you are interested in volunteering some time during
their event please contact Gaynelle Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.