Fund More Than Halfway to $500,000 Goal
The men and women who volunteer to serve in the armed forces pledge to put their lives on the line for our nation. Military life and deployment involve sacrifices that can create immediate and long-term challenges for veterans, service members and their families. One of those challenges, of significant magnitude, is substance abuse. Too many of our New Hampshire military heroes struggle with the disease of addiction, and due to financial circumstances, are unable to receive the treatment they need to put them on a path to recovery.
In order to meet this need, Easter Seals NH Military & Veterans Services has established the Renee & Dan Plummer Endowment Fund to provide financial support, in perpetuity, for service members and veterans of all eras, to receive substance abuse treatment and recovery services through Easter Seals NH programs. Additionally, our new, residential treatment and recovery facility, in Franklin, NH, serving men and women, also includes services dedicated to veterans and first responders.
Under the leadership of a volunteer committee, the Fund is named in honor of Seacoast business leaders and philanthropists Dan & Renee Plummer who are active fundraisers for Veterans Count, the philanthropic arm for Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services. They have also experienced the devastating loss of a loved one to addiction.
“We believe that American veterans deserve to be treated with the highest level of dignity and respect for all they have done for our country. No one has given more than our men and women in the armed forces and we need to be there for them. Because their needs are not fully being met, it’s up to individuals to raise money to help. We love our veterans and service members and we know that a substance abuse is a big problem for them,” said the Plummers. “We have personally suffered the loss of a loved one due to substance abuse. And now we are putting our hearts and our voices into preventing tragedies in the lives of other families. We would be honored if you joined us in helping our American heroes here in New Hampshire.”
Comprehensive services to ensure the dignity, health and overall well-being of men and women in the military who are struggling with substance abuse issues may include: Residential treatment, medical detoxification, out-patient programs, and after-care support at the Easter Seals Farnum Center in Manchester and Franklin.
Additionally, Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services Care Coordination will provide ongoing support and help with other needs such as employment, housing, co-occurring issues (PTSD/TBI), childcare issues, counseling and emergency financial assistance.
Fundraising for the Fund began in October 2015 under the leadership of dedicated volunteers. $310,000 has been raised toward the $500,000 goal. The campaign will conclude in September 2016.
“Multiple deployments, Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among other issues our service members face, have resulted in many veterans suffering from substance abuse,” said Endowment Fun Chairman and Veterans Count Volunteer Rick Courtemanche. “Due to this, sadly, too many of these men and women live with homelessness, poverty, lack of employment and mental health issues. Many lose hope and often consider suicide. This endowment will ensure they have a place to find help, today and long into the future.”
We are grateful to the generous donors who have supported the Endowment fund thus far with gifts of $5,000 or more, which include: Carey & Giampa Realtors, Rick Courtemanche , Andy and Melissa Crews, Frank L. Currier Charitable Foundation , Larry Gammon, Granite Bank , Thomas Haas, LTC Partners, Sean and Kirsten Mahoney , Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank , Ocean Properties , Paul O'Neil , People's United Bank , Renee and Dan Plummer, Denise Poulos , Service Credit Union, and The Whalen Family.
For questions about the Fund or to make a donation, contact Courtney Smith, VP Major Gifts and Planned Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.621.3456 or visit easterseals.com/nh.
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