It gives me great pleasure to announce during Military Appreciation Month that I am partnering with a terrific organization, Military Outreach USA.
Military Outreach USA is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit which exists to encourage, engage, educate and equip individuals, houses of worship and organizations throughout the nation to provide a supporting role to our military community. This community is comprised of our military (active duty, guard, and reserves), veterans, and their families who are impacted by the visible and invisible wounds of military service. The support is provided through our national Military Caring Network. Our services are provided at no charge to any Military Caring House of Worship or Organization regardless of spiritual orientation, religious preference, race, or gender. (from their website)
Major General (RET) James H. Mukoyama, Jr., co-founder of the organization, had this to say about our partnership: “Military Outreach USA as a faith-based non-profit is solely dependent on the generosity of donors and therefore is extremely grateful to Victoria Noe for her generous gesture, but more importantly, for the comfort and encouragement provided to the public about providing healing to our military, veterans, and their families.”
When I started writing the Friend Grief series, I had no specific intention to partner with nonprofit organizations. Part of my hesitation was due to my background in fundraising.
How many times have you seen a product advertised with “a portion of the sales benefit XYZ”? I’ve always been suspicious of “portion”, and with good reason. Time and again we’ve seen stories about corporations that touted their largesse, only to find that pennies on the dollar were actually donated. As with any organization I’ve listed on my website as a resource, you can be assured that I’ve vetted them carefully.
That’s why this permanent partnership will be run the same way as the one I have between my second book, Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: donating 25% of the retail price of paperbacks and e-books.
While you may hear a lot more about PTSD, writing my book convinced me that moral injury is the real silent killer of our military. Gen. Mukoyama’s organization is on the front lines of education and support for our servicemembers who need our help.
So now when you read my book you’ll also be supporting a terrific organization doing important work. Here are some of the places where you can find Friend Grief in the Military: Band of Friends. Don’t just post a photo of a flag on your Facebook page. Back it up with real support.