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Villagers for Veterans is 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization founded for the sole purpose of helping severely wounded veterans. We help veterans directly with much-needed funding or additional resources, or by providing grants to other organizations that provide services for veterans. Either way, we are here to help wounded veterans transition into civilian life with as much support as possible. Villagers for Veterans meets a real need today, as veterans too often face difficulty in securing resources through established sources, such as governmental agencies.
Our goal is to rally the community around these brave men and women, and bridge the gap so that veterans may enjoy the healthy, independent lifestyles that we ourselves enjoy. Villagers for Veterans hopes to serve as a liaison between residents of The Villages and those veterans who are in need. We hope to show how this generous community is giving back to our brave men and women of the armed forces for their service and sacrifice. We feel that our contributions represent only the beginning of the great debt we owe to these brave men and women who have given so much.
After retiring to The Villages, FL Marie Bogdonoff knew volunteerism would be an important part of her life. After extensive research, the New York transplant decided to focus on veterans. That in turn, led to hosting several fundraising events.
Her first fundraiser raised $12,500 for The Independence Fund (a nonprofit that assists critically injured veterans become more independent). A second fundraiser raised $11,502 for Ret. SGT. John Peck, a quadruple amputee.
Her heart-felt efforts led to an invitation to Walter Reed Medical Center's Christmas Party – a party held for veterans recuperating from their injuries.
At that party Marie met 15 injured warriors whose lives would never be the same. The date was December 7, 2014.
“What an awakening!” Marie said. “I never realized how many warriors were still recovering from such devastating injuries.”
That trip changed Marie. She found a new mission in life. The retiree started a non-profit (Villagers for Veterans) to help severely injured vets regain their independence. The non-profit would work with all veterans and be 100% volunteer.
“The Villages was the perfect place to launch this non-profit,” Marie said. “We have endless talent and a generous community with great love and support for its veterans.”
Since its inception, Villagers for Veterans has raised close to half a million dollars with 96% going directly to injured veterans and their programs.
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