Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation® is dedicated to raising funds for our wounded veterans. We strive to restore independence to their lives by raising funds for customized prosthetics, specialized wheelchairs, or providing other personalized services that will assist them in their mobility and well-being.
The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation® is a CA based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization serving Veterans across the United States.
Stand For Vets (also known as the The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation®) was founded by John Hodel in honor of his late older brother, Mark Hodel, who served in the Vietnam War and died serving our country.
In memory of Mark, Stand for Vets is dedicated to raising funds for our wounded veterans who have been injured during or after their time of service to our country. We strive to restore independence to their lives by raising funds for their customized prosthetics, specialized wheelchairs, or providing other personalized services that will assist them in their mobility and well-being.
We are deeply committed to supporting our veterans and ask that all who donate to our cause – do so out of love, sincerity, memory, and respect from the heart for those cherished veterans who permanently sacrificed so much for us.
There are times in life when we are called for something greater than ourselves – when a lifetime of experiences come together in a way that makes that calling undeniable.
That is happening here.
Our wounded and amputee veterans face many challenges in adjusting post surgery from pain and limitations revolving around their mobility and daily living activities to job opportunities. Many of these men and women battle deep depression as the reality of their challenging new life begins to take hold.
According to a recent VA study in 2014, we lose an average of 20 veterans to suicide every day. We feel that if we can make life viable by allowing them to do regular everyday activities, they will feel a sense of freedom, independence, and ability to be self-sufficient.
In striving to give them the ability to overcome their mobility limitations, we can greater improve their opportunities and minimize their limitations they may otherwise face on a daily basis.
Restoring Independence for wounded veterans.
What we raise funds for on behalf of our veterans:
As a Foundation, we realize that the ability to move around, to be independent, or even to stand if unable to – is critical in living in a world that can be difficult to navigate, especially for our brave men and women who have served our country. We want to help. Suicide is an ever-present reality, with an average of 20 veterans taking their own lives on a daily basis. This is unacceptable. We need to do something.
The goal of Stand For Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation® is to help our veterans improve their lives and strive for a life with endless possibilities versus ending their own lives in deep discouragement and lack of hope. Stand For Vets takes a consultative approach to solving individual needs. Instead of aligning ourselves with products, we will assess each unique challenge and solution for that individual. Those solutions could include specialized wheelchairs, prosthetics, home/car modifications, or any solution that positively improves their mobility where the VA or Insurance does not provide coverage. We also provide these solutions in a program similar to a VA loan or GI Bill. We provide this help to anyone who has ever served whether or not they have been injured during their time in service or in civilian life. This could include any veteran from WWII through current enlistments. Our veterans have sacrificed their time and safety for us in the line of service, it is our turn to take action and support them. Thank you for joining us in this important mission.
Dear Family & Friends:
Today, our military warriors are battling an enemy of terror that does not wear a uniform. Our brave men and women are one explosive attack away from their lives being changed forever. The physical impact is what we all see, but they also must deal with the mental, emotional, and relational stress that is not visible to others. Even the will to live.
But for me, that compassion and gratitude are also shared with anyone who has put on a military uniform. Our nation provides VA loans for house mortgages and GI bills for ongoing education for our veterans, but the VA medical benefits begin to wane or are non-existent when a former vet suffers life events that challenge their mobility, such as paralyzing accidents or a debilitating disease. The ability to be able to “get around” is so crucial in our everyday lives – it’s a game changer. That’s where private organizations must step in!
With Profound Gratitude,
President, Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation
Mark Hodel’s Story
Mark Hodel was 20 years old when he was killed on March 31, 1968. He was engaged to be married less than two months later. A tragic end to a young life, but a life given in service to his country. Mark enlisted in the Navy Seabees in 1967 and shipped out to Vietnam that Christmas. Little did we know that Christmas would be his last.
Below is Admiral Moorer’s authorization for the Navy Commendation Medal.
“For heroic achievement in connection with Seabee construction operations in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a member of Mortar Crew #2. On 31 March 1968 when Detail ECHO Camp came under heavy enemy mortar and recoilless-rifle attack, Construction man Hodel immediately manned his mortar position to return continuous sustained counter-fire despite the barrage of enemy shells falling in the camp and near his position. The effective return fire destroyed at least two enemy gun positions, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy, breaking their attack, and undoubtedly saving the lives of many Seabees and U.S. Marine Corps personnel. In a second attack five hours later, Hodel came under imminent danger when enemy mortar fire bracketed his position. Disregarding his own safety and actually only in concern for the welfare of the entire camp, he continued to return fire until his position received two direct hits from enemy shells. He was instrumental in repelling an attack that would have been much more severe had he and his companions abandoned their position. Construction man Hodel’s courage and unfaltering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the US Naval Service.”
Fifty years later, Mark is still helping his fellow veterans through the Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation®.