2014 Team America 4R Marines

WELCOME TO AMERICA 4R VETERANS!

“THOSE WHO SERVE, DESERVE”

Since 2006 you’ve known us as America 4R Marines. A4RM has always been a unique organization with 100% volunteerism and continues as such with America 4R Veterans - No one receives personal compensation of any kind!

AMERICA 4R MARINES is not gone! AMERICA 4R VETERANS is registered to also do business as (d/b/a) AMERICA 4R MARINES.  We will still continue to sponsor events such as the USMC Birthday in Philadelphia and continue to work closely with our Marine Corps contacts to determine how A4RM can serve in various situations.

However, in 2012 we realized it is time to shift our focus and our mission to where we are needed most – ALL post 9/11 Veterans suffering with PTS and TBI. Their wounds are not visible!

With so many Servicemen and woman returning coming home from war suffering with their UNSEEN wounds of war: PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) we have seen there is a severe lack of support, education and resources available to them in a timely matter, thus allowing many Warriors, and their families who are supporting them to fall through the cracks. We must always show our Military our Deepest Respect, Appreciation and Gratitude for their service on our behalf, and Honor them by being here to assist and support them when needed!

Disclaimer: No one on our board at this time is a Therapist or Psychologist. We do not personally treat PTS or TBI.

Since Spring 2012 we have been assisting  OIF/OEF Veterans that have been referred to us or contacted us directly.  Many of our Veterans usually have multiple needs. No individual has exactly the same symptoms or needs.

A4RV  listens to our Heroes concerns and stresses, we assess their situation, we address their most dire need and go from there. We want those that served to gain TRUST with us, realizing we do understand what they are going though and we are here for them! All information we receive (unless we are concerned for ones safety) is secure and confidential.

Our Heroes must not feel that their only hope to end their pain and sorrow is suicide! With statistics showing us that more young men and woman have died by their own hands than those that were Killed in Action in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11-we realize something MUST be done to assist our brave Heroes! By showing them we care, being available to help them along the way to heal, with our goal to help relieve as much of their stress as possible, we hope to save lives!

WE MUST STOP THESE BRAVE YOUNG HEROES FROM ASSUMING SUICIDE IS THEIR ONLY OPTION TO HAVE THE PAIN STOP!! THEY ARE HUMAN THEY HAVE MORALS NO MATTER WHAT TRAINING THEY HAD AND NO MATTER WHAT ACTIONS THEY PREFORMED WHILE DEPLOYED!


A NOTE TO OUR MILITARY: PLEASE REALIZE YOU ARE HUMAN AND THE MORALS YOU’VE HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD DO NOT ALWAYS COINCIDE WITH THE ACTIONS YOU WERE TRAINED TO DO ON YOUR MISSIONS! YOU WERE TRAINED WELL FOR THE MILITARY,  YOU MADE HUGE PROGRESS ON YOUR MISSIONS , YOU DID A GREAT JOB! HOWEVER YOU HAD VERY LITTLE TRAINING IF ANY ON TRANSITIONING AND ADJUSTING ONCE HOME!
YOUR MISSION NOW IS ONE FOR YOURSELF- FOR YOU TO HEAL!  BABY STEPS WILL GET YOU WERE YOU WANT TO BE!

KEEP THE SAME MINDSET YOU HAD WHEN IN COMBAT FOR YOURSELF-NO CHALLENGE CANT BE OVERCOME-ALLOW NO OBSTACLE TO GET IN THE WAY OF YOU ACHIEVING ANYTHING LESS THAN 100% SUCCESS FOR YOUR FUTURE!

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE VERY PROUD AND APPRECIATIVE!

WE URGE ANY MEMBER OF OUR ACTIVE DUTY ARMED FORCES OR VETERANS WHO MAY BE THINKING OF HARMING THEMSELVES OR OTHERS TO IMMEDIATELY REACH OUT FOR HELP! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE EMBARRESED ABOUT – YOU ARE HUMAN AND HAVE MORALS! IF YOU ARE ALONE, PLEASE SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY BY EITHER CALLING 911 OR THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE OR BOTH!

 OR TEXT

For a confidential chat:


What does America 4R Veterans do to assist our Veterans who truly suffer daily, all too often alienating themselves from society, in silence, with their unseen wounds of combat?

Just like the severity of a Veterans PTS and/or TBI symptoms vary, so does their current needs. We will connect our Veterans with the resources we have available to us, as well provide continued  follow up with them during various processes. We connect our Veterans with and work alongside of any official Branch of our Armed Forces that have specific programs currently available to their  post 9/11 Veterans.  We provide comfort and support to our Veterans AND their families. Many Veterans need financial assistance with their monthly obligations while going through treatment on the road to healing. Taking into consideration the funds we have available we do our best to help with various financial needs.  We also contact other nonprofit organizations, as working together for the common interest to meet the most dire needs of our Nations Heroes is crucial.

We do require a DD214 for proof of service, photo ID, proof of income is any, and list of current bills. Other documents may be requested if needed. We pay directly to the landlord or company.

Example of how A4RV has assisted our Veterans financially with since 2012:

  • Food
  • Rent Assistance
  • Utilities
  • Car Payments
  • Cell Phone bills
  • Car repairs
  • Crucial home appliances
  • U-haul cost to relocate
  • Children needs
  • We sent Christmas to the children many of the Veterans we assist
  • and Various individuals needs…

EDUCATING FAMILY MEMBERS OF OUR HEROES WHO SUFFER, MANY TIMES SILENTLY, WITH PTS AND TBI IS CRUCIAL!!  Too many times our Military families feel lost and alone in  total panic mode on how to best support their loved one, suffering with PTS/TBI

We know firsthand that most of our Warriors that served in combat and their families assumed once they were back on U.S. soil safely and ended their active duty,  that life would go on somewhat like before their military service. Many find shortly after their Active Duty, for others it may be months or years later,  they recognize or accept that their service to our country and the normal combat actions they took as Warriors has effected them personally in a huge way!

PTS is a NORMAL reaction to all the traumatic events that occurred while deployed!

PTS and TBI symptoms or the severity of such symptoms are not exactly the same for everyone.


Basic education for the general public and families of those suffering with PTS/TBI:

As much you try to imagine you must accept you will never truly understand or relate to what our Military/your loved one, has experienced when in combat! Unless you also served.

Keep your opinions about the wars since 9/11 separate from your feelings about our Military! They are indeed two completely separate issues!
Only 1% of the bravest men and woman stepped forward after America was attacked to risk their lives for all the American Peoples continued freedoms!

Never ever say to a member of our military “Its all in your head or get over it!”  It is NOT that easy, it is not just in their heads and it surely is not a sign of weakness, nor are they seeking any type of attention! PTS/TBI is very real conditions!

When you take into consideration NORMAL-HUMAN emotions to a traumatic event and compare that with what Nations Heroes have witnessed: their volatile Areas of Operations they were located,  the lives of their brothers and sisters they saw pass way before them during their deployment missions, multiple deployments with little time to heal from the last deployments, and having to push all emotional stresses down deep inside themselves for long periods of time-that results in having symptoms of PTS once they have time to reflect! It’s NORMAL!

Try to imagine day in day out every step they took,  for months on end, and multiple times deploying to the Middle East, they knew one simple step forwards or sideways-or that one mission could very well be there last!

They had no time to mourn properly and we know our Heroes would never show or express fear, a HUMAN trait!  Current statistics show that 3 out of 10 that served in combat since 9/11 will suffer with some degree of PTS and TBI symptoms. We have found that number is totally unrealistic and very low. Our Warriors are mortal-they are human beings no matter how well trained!


PTS IS PHYSIOLOGICAL AND TBI IS NEUROLOGICAL BOTH VERY REAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS! 

Unlike most official Military Resources usage of the words “Military Family”.
We fully recognize the parents of our Military! We are here to support you also!

We will serve those that so bravery and humbly served us! We must have their backs!

                        PTS & TBI are NOT the same-nor should they be treated as such!
                                      They do however share a few common symptoms.
With such a high demand for progress, there are regular advancements in the areas of research and treatment of both the physical and physiological effects of TBI and PTSD. We will advocate to have the voices of those that suffer silently with the unseen wounds of war heard!
Our Nations Heroes must be priority and substantial programs must be in place to meet their needs!

 Our Heroes must know, YOU are not alone,  there is HOPE and HELP!

IT IS OUR DUTY AS AMERICANS TO STAND BEHIND THOSE THAT HAVE MADE HUGE SACRIFICES  IN THEIR LIVES FOR OUR CONTINUED FREEDOMS!

FUNDS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! WHEN GOING THROUGH TREATMENT FOR PTS OR TBI, MANY PROGRAMS TAKE MONTHS OF THERAPY! OUR VETERANS MUST GIVE 100% OF THEMSELVES, THEY MUST LOOK AT IT AS A NEW MISSION ONE FOR THEMSELVES THIS TIME!

TOO MANY VETERANS HAVE BEEN WAITING OVER A YEAR OR MORE FOR TEIIR VA  MEDICAL RATING TO COME THROUGH- WHICH THEY EARNED.  IF IT WASN’T FOR FAMILY OR FRIENDS THESE VETERANS WOULD BE HOMELESS!

MANY VETERANS ARE UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO SEVERE HYPER VIGILANCE, MIGRANES, VERTIGO, AND SOCIAL ANXIETIES.
KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE HUMBLE HEROES! THEY DO NOT WANT ANY HAND  OUT- THEY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE ADULTS THAT HAVE BEEN TO WAR!  HOWEVER THEY MUST PUT ALL THAT ASIDE AND ACCEPT A HAND UP,  SO THEY CAN TAKE THE TIME NEEDED TO HEAL AND FOCUS ON THEMSELVES!

PLEASE KEEP THOSE DONATIONS COMING WE SURELY NEED ALL WE CAN GET TO HELP MANY MORE HEROES!


HISTORY OF AMERICA 4R MARINES:

America 4R Marines to date has shipped over 60 Tons of year round support to our deployed Marines and Navy Corpsman (the USMC’s Medics) since our birth in October 2006!

We are very pleased to see now, 7 years later  “most” Areas of Operations and Forward Operating Posts have many more amenities than they did back in 2006. With the number of deployed troops declining (but still not diminishing!) each year, our original mission is no longer as urgent as it once was. We are very proud of the impact we have had over the years- touching the lives of tens of thousands of individuals in many entire units/battalions. On top of the many tons of supplies sent overseas, America 4R Marines has also raised tens of thousands of dollars to have memorials built on several bases to honor our Fallen Heroes.

We have always including focus on the spouses and children of our Marines and Sailors also, by sponsoring family events on various bases.

Support and Advocating for the parents of our Marines and Sailors to be recognized as a crucial part of the USMC family has been a personal focus of our president since 2006.

7 years ago, very little existed in the world of non-profit support to provide supplies and smiles to our deployed units. While many non-profits focused on personal/individual care packages, America 4R Marines sent many needed comfort items and basic supplies to support thousands of troops throughout each year by directly communicating with the command elements of battalions.

Our end of year  annual Shebang: Operation Merry Christmas Marines and Sailors was our largest scale one time annual shipment and annual fundraising event. America 4R Marines worked directly with command elements to provide stockings filled with much needed gear and holiday cheer to thousands of deployed Marines and Corpsman in Iraq, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa.

 2006-2012: Our main focus is on entire units serving in the most remote and hostile Areas of Operations.

These Marines and Corpsman are not near any military base; they call home a tent, a cave or a make shift outpost with concrete barriers. Many have no source of electric and none have outside plumbing, they live for months on MRE’s and call a shower 2 minutes under a 5 gallon bag of water. These are the Marines and Sailors who need to see the American people stand behind them. We communicate directly with the Generals and Sgt. Majors along with most Command elements. Who knows better what their Marines and Sailors needs are and what storage capacity they have at their locations than those in the Command positions. It is a fact most Americans want to support our troops serving in harm’s way. Considering Operational Security many great patriots have neither the contacts needed nor the time to focus on the How- Were and What to send when it comes to showing their pride and appreciation to our great Warriors. This is where America 4R Marines Organization can provide you the opportunity, showing your pride and patriotism to those that make such huge sacrifices daily on behalf of our Country and us personally. We know the How, Where and What to send, plus we do the shipping for you! We purchase at Bulk distributors prices. Your monetary donations go a long way and make a BIG impact, while lifting morale of our dedicated Marines and Navy Corpsman! Our Marines and Sailors ask for nothing at all- and are always shocked and honored that strangers from back home cared enough to send their love and support their direction.


God Bless all our Military Past/Present and their families.

Please keep those presently serving in harm’s way in your thoughts and prayers, may they all return safely to their loved ones. Personal political opinions should never stop anyone from standing behind our Military 100%! Please help us-help them, by making your donation today!

God Bless America!

For press inquiries, please contact Kate Hughes at

515-720-5817 or mrskatehughes@gmail.com

Our new website is a project in motion- expect:  Listings of Resources currently available, Education on PTS and TBI, Support for family members of our Military who suffer with PTS/TBI, Latest Research available, Alternative methods of treatment, Lists of  VA Medical centers and Vet Centers in your geographical area and much more!

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