Clutch "Clutch 4 Charity" is pleased to partner with Feherty’s Troops First Foundation.
Feherty’s Troops First Foundation works to provide meaningful assistance to our military members who have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through unduplicated programs designed for OIF/OEF combat-wounded service members and their families, they address relationship building, mentoring, reintegration and looking forward.
Feherty’s Mission Statement:
To develop, operate and support wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives for today’s combat-wounded military personnel.
Most often when a Warrior is severely wounded in combat, a protracted recovery process begins. There are many stages in the recovery process, and each recovery is unique to the individual Warrior. However, all must go through a medical evaluation known as the Med Board. This usually starts when most medical procedures are complete and therapeutic services are well underway. The Med Board can take from nine months to almost two years. This is when many Warriors most often need and seek additional housing options.
The Foundation has built the Leroy Petry Village of Honor. This is a transitional housing program located not far from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that consists of seven single-family accessible homes. These homes will be available for a one to two year period to Warriors and their families who are transitioning out of the military after injuries sustained in combat.
Continuing communications between “battle buddies” redeployed home may be essential to transition out of the stress endured downrange. The comfort of knowing that a trusted friend who has also been “outside the wire” is a phone call away could mean the difference between a good decision and a bad decision on any given day. However, the call needs to be placed and the phone needs to be answered.
Operation Proper Exit is a unique initiative designed for Wounded Warfighters who are thriving in recovery and are capable of returning to theater. This program itinerary stages meet-and-greet opportunities with currently deployed troops as well as battlefield circulation returning the Warriors in many cases to the site where they were injured. Because of the sense of brotherhood inherent in today’s military, this program not only provides a measure of closure but also a critical exchange of experiential information from the Wounded Warfighter’s perspective to the Warfighter currently deployed downrange. Additionally, Operation Proper Exit offers a unique opportunity for the returning Warriors to witness firsthand the progress in Iraq or Afghanistan that they, through their tremendous sacrifice, helped bring about. Since its launch in June of 2009, 67 injured service members have returned as part of Operation Proper Exit’s ten trips to Iraq and 52 service members have returned as part of the program's eleven trips to Afghanistan.
4-7 Battle Buddies is a service dog program that matches canines to wounded military Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each 24-7 Battle Buddy is carefully selected for their partner. The training is then specific to the Warrior’s needs and intended to assist in successfully navigating everyday life. To date, they have 24 dogs working with their battle buddies throughout the country – from Oregon to New York.
Feherty's Troops First Foundation has four critical programs in place to help support US Military Troops wounded in combat. Let's help the organization continue to drive its mission forward with every apparel purchase.