WE SERVE THOSE WHO SERVE AND PROTECT US.
Hungry Heroes was founded with one mission: to serve first responders and military personnel as a thank you for the sacrifices they make serving us. Amanda Riggan founded Hungry Heroes after her community was grieving the loss of an officer killed in the line of duty. Amanda believed her community needed healing and she helped in one of the only ways she knew how…food.
To this day, Hungry Heroes continues to serve military and first responders all over the United States at events and gatherings.
Hungry Heroes was born out of tragedy and now continues our mission of serving BBQ with a “Thank You!”
HUNGRY HEROES IS ON A MISSION
Detective Mike Doty was killed on January 17th, 2018 in the line of duty responding to a call. Mike served his community with pride for over 12 years. In the aftermath, the York county community mourned.
Amanda Riggan saw her community in grieving and acted in the only way she knew how – feeding the hungry. Amanda started Hungry Heroes to say thank you and serve all of those who serve our communities.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR AMANDA RIGGAN
Amanda has been serving others her entire life. Whether it be on a ball field coaching, as a care giver on the Board of Disabilities or working in the dementia unit at an Assisted Living Community, Amanda has always had a heart to serve.
As Amanda says “she was reborn in 2013 with her renewed relationship with her Lord.” After being publicly Baptized she served on missions outside the United States, again serving others that needed support, love and care.
With the support of her family and friends 2018 became her biggest accomplishment! Hungry Heroes was formed as a nonprofit with the Mission to Feed First Responders around the country. To show her appreciation, get community support and drive this mission so that First Responders would never forget how much we appreciate them. This was one small way to give back and she has plans to give back more. Amanda, her grilling skills, and a great support team are taking Hungry Heroes global!
“Met Amanda a few years ago when she became our FedEx delivery driver (lucky us!). She has that personality that just makes you like her immediately. Went to one of her first events and was hooked! The girl can smoke some good food. I have been to several events and witnessed her giving heart and determination to serve those who serve others. Police, fire, medic and military. Being the aunt of a military nephew, it touched me to see her head to a base and feed the masses. I try to purchase her hats and shirts so that I can promote the mission in my home town or wherever I may travel. People ask about Hungry Heroes and I love to tell the story of how it all began. Amanda and her family are hard working and I admire each of them. Not to mention, her mom makes the best slaw ever! A woman who truly “moves her feet”.”
“Hungry Heroes has had a huge impact on me personally and professionally. We were the first shift Amanda fed, just after buying her first of 325 Traegers. I have known her for years and her and her family mean so much to me. It has been amazing seeing this grow into what it has.”
“After the death of Det. Mike Doty and the wounding of three other officers in 2018, HH was formed and we were immediately notified by Amanda of her desire to feed us. It provided an opportunity for our grieving employees to gather for the single purpose of food and fellowship. HH has fed us on numerous occasions and is truly a blessing to us and our profession. God bless you Amanda and Hungry Heroes!” – York County Sheriff, Kevin Tolson
Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Our Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
Who We Are
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
We trace our roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations that would eventually band together and become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at more than 1.5 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America’s active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation’s capital.
We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. Please check out our latest fact sheet or spend some time browsing our site to learn why No One Does More For Veterans.
Our Core Values:
- Always put the interests of our members first
- Treat donors as partners in our cause
- Promote patriotism
- Honor military service
- Ensure the care of veterans and their families
- Serve our communities
- Promote a positive image of the VFW
- Respect the diversity of veteran opinion
WARRIORS HEART FOUNDATION
was built to unite the power of social responsibility, sustainability, and the healing of our warriors and servicemen.
The Warriors Heart Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supports programs that address the unmet needs of suffering servicemen and women and give individuals and communities the tools to become self-sufficient. We want to build warriors that will be sustainable after our support ends, and that build upon and strengthen relationships within communities.
WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO?
Warriors Heart Foundation donates to and continues to develop specific programs which will guide future funding. Programs we are currently funding are:
- Subsidizes funding for Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment – this includes: detox, inpatient residential treatment services, Intensive outpatient, one-on-one therapy, and sober living. Funding is predominately to the Warriors Heart Treatment Facility. The Warriors Heart Facility is privately licensed through the state of Texas Department of Health Services, TriCare Credentialed, VA Choice credentialed and hold the Gold Standard Approval through The Joint Commission. The Foundation has covered outside detox programs and individual therapy.
- Providing Funding for ESA or Service Dogs to Warriors – Trained emotional support animals and service dogs that provide a specific service to a warrior.
- Funding for Sober Living Housing – Warriors that need continued support can stay at a sober living housing where there is still structure as they work, go to school, volunteer somewhere or continue to receive outpatient treatment. This structured environment allows them to integrate back into the community while having a safe place to stay without the temptation of past behaviors.
- Promote Behavioral Health Education & Veteran, Law Enforcement & Firefighter Resources – predominately to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, veteran groups, etc. Currently Warriors Heart and Warriors Heart Foundation provide chemical dependency and PTSD education to San Antonio Police Department and Fire Department on these topics for their teams to know what to look for in self, their peers and veterans they come across on the street.
- Preserve and Promote Arts and Culture – Warriors Heart Foundation Shop – The Foundation Shop provides an optional class to the warriors in treatment to come and make wood flags and crosses as part of their healing process. It is also a way for them to give back, if they make a flag or cross that can be used for sale to pay it forward to warriors who need funding for services. Alumni also come back to work in the shop as a way to stay connected.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WARRIORS HEART FOUNDATION
We are honored for all the support and continued support we receive that assists the foundation in getting our Warriors the help they need.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE WARRIORS HEART FOUNDATION PROGRAM?
Thank you for taking an interest in supporting Warriors Heart Foundation and assisting our Warriors in Healing. There are many great programs out there designed to assist our warriors in different capacities. We are focused on assisting and subsidizing the financial burden in addressing the mental and behavioral health of servicemen and women to assist our Warriors in overcoming addiction, PTSD, and mild TBI. Warriors Heart Foundation 501(c)(3) accepts tax deductible donations that will support our warriors with assistance in paying for their treatment.
We invite you to join the war against warrior suicide and the challenges they face and support a warrior (our protectors) in healing with dignity and respect. We are also open to receiving additional support. In-Kind Donations have also been contributed for the purpose of supporting our warriors in the form of: wood, building materials, steel, metal & wood shop equipment, volunteer work, products, etc.
Please contact us if you have in-kind donations you would like to donate or discuss.
The American Legion’s mission statement, as adopted by the National Executive Committee in October 2020, is:
To enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion’s vision statement is “The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America.” The American Legion’s value principles are as follows:
A VETERAN IS A VETERAN – which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.
SELFLESS SERVICE – which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.
AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM – which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in memorial events.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.
ADVANCING THE VISION – which means The American Legion educates, mentors and leads new generations of Americans.
HONOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US – which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotton by new generations.
The American Legion’s motto is “Veterans Strengthening America.”
Preamble to the Constitution
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER
FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
PVA was originally founded by a band of service members who came home from World War II with spinal cord injuries. They returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the major challenges they faced.
These wounded heroes made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to serving veterans—and to medical research, advocacy and civil rights for all people with disabilities.
Since 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes. We’ve had a single-minded mission—to empower our brave men and women to regain what they fought for: their freedom and independence.
Learn more about our historic logo, Speedy, here.
Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:
- Quality health care for our members,
- Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction,
- Benefits available as a result of our members’ military service,
- Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.
To enable Paralyzed Veterans to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit and retain members who have the experience, energy, dedication, and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for Paralyzed Veterans of America to achieve its mission.
Our Core Focus
Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.
“Through our dedicated attorneys and supporters, we defend the rights of countless individuals, families and churches…without charge.”
– Brad Dacus
Pacific Justice Institute’s strategy is to coordinate and oversee large numbers of concurrent court actions through a network of hundreds of affiliate attorneys nationwide. And, according to former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese, “The Institute fills a critical need on the West Coast for those whose civil liberties are threatened.”
Pacific Justice Institute does not list our Board of Directors on our website due to the nature of our work and security reasons. We currently have six board members, President, Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, and Two Members, five of which are independent and voting.
Pacific Justice Institute has offices located coast to coast and provides our clients with all the legal help they need, without charge,
We Provide Help For:
Protecting parents’ fundamental rights to educate and discipline their children and providing valuable resources to aid parents when Child Protective Services is threatening to remove children from the home. PJI does not handle child custody cases or family law cases.
Schools / Students
Preserving students’ rights to share their faith and be protected from indoctrination, providing resources to help promote evangelism within the public schools and educational resources to give parents legal advice for choosing an alternative to public education.
Defending churches and providing resources to help protect the church from the encroachment of local governments.
Representing employees’ religious freedom and providing workplace training and other valuable resources.
Equip religious objectors to have their union dues go to a charity of their choice.
We can assist you in cases in the following areas:
Free Exercise of Religion
WHO WE ARE
BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, is a nationally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Los Angeles, founded by Jesse Lee Peterson, dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man.” Since 1990, we’ve offered counseling for people dealing with personal, relationship and family issues, helping them to overcome anger through forgiveness.
We hold weekly Church services, monthly Men’s Forums and Women’s Forums, town hall meetings, rallies, and annual conferences. We have an Entrepreneur Academy for young men (ages 15 and up). BOND Studios produce Church, The Jesse Lee Peterson Show, and The Fallen State, spreading the message of forgiveness and responsibility worldwide. We have a Home for Young Men, and offer mentorship for those ready to change. Over the years, we’ve offered After School Character Building, and the BOND Leadership Academy