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ABOUT

MISSION

Restoring independence for wounded veterans.

OUR STORY

Stand For Vets (also known as 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.

OUR CHALLENGE

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.

FOCUSED PRODUCTS & SERVICES WE STRIVE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS:

We seek to raise funds to meet our veteran’s needs by providing quality products and only the best services for them. Our goal is to help make a difference in their lives, one life at a time.

We strive to fund the following on behalf of our veterans:

  • Customized Prosthetics
  • Specialized Wheelchairs
  • Services to assist in their mobility and well-being

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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!

– JOHN HODEL, President, Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation

Stand for Vets message to the veteran is, “We know you are in a tough spot and just need a little help to get around…we are here to give you that help.” You served to keep our freedom, now we want to give some freedom back to you!”

– JOHN HODEL, President, Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation

We enjoy our freedom in this country because of men and women who sacrificed their lives and bodies for each one of us. Let’s stand behind each of them in their time of need.

– RICK TALCOTT, CFO, Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation

For me “faith over failure” means that my faith in God allows for me to be secure in the most dire of situations. I was not willingly to give my life for my country because I am brave, I could because I willingly put my trust in God for the direction of my life years ago. This carries on to all my goals and the vision of this organization. I believe that the faith of its success and the aspects of service we do for my fellow veterans we believe in wholeheartedly, and there is no room for failure because it is filled by our faith.

– JON MUNDAY, Board Member, Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation

We as a society owe more to our wounded veterans who have volunteered to protect the U.S.A. America is the land of the Free, BECAUSE of the brave, and no other job description in our Country can come close to protecting the Homeland as our military has for 240+ years. This is a charity to help the wounded in body & mind. We value our veterans more than words can describe, so much so, the entire Board of Directors are all volunteers, dedicating their all their spare time in a cause they believe so much in. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

– JERRY HAY, Board Member, Stand for Vets / The Mark Hodel Veteran’s Foundation

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