ARM Industry Supporters Offer Help, Hope When Vets Need It Most
Collingswood, NJ: ARMing Heroes (www.armingheroes.org), the collection industry’s charity for military veterans, today shared the story of Fletcher Crawley, a U.S. Navy veteran who dedicated 14 years of his life to serving his country, including time spent overseas. Throughout his years of service, Crawley earned several medals and commendations along the way including two Navy/Marine Achievement Medals, a Navy Sea Service Deployment Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and many others.
When a service-connected injury prompted his separation from service, Fletcher returned home to begin his journey of adjusting to civilian life; a journey he never expected would be filled with so many challenges, hardships, and desperation. Unable to work, Veterans Administration disability benefits would be his only source of income. Unfortunately it took two years for the VA to begin paying those benefits. At one point during the wait, Fletcher found himself homeless, living in his car.
So many of America’s veterans face these unimaginable situations, unable to fill the gap between income and expenses for needs that are largely unmet by government programs or even by other military charities. Thanks to generous donors within the ARM industry, the ARMing Heroes grant-making program is able to offer desperate vets and their families some assistance with the most basic of needs when they need it the most.
F.H. Cann & Associates, headquartered in North Andover, MA, is one of several ARM industry firms that participated in the 2015 No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive. Their company-wide fundraiser during the months of October and November included voluntary employee payroll deductions and a 50/50 raffle. Ownership then matched the funds raised by employees and made an already-generous donation to ARMing Heroes even larger.
Rick Broady, F.H. Cann’s Chief Administrative Officer, spoke about the company’s support of ARMing Heroes year after year. “This is a cause that is near and dear to FHC and we welcome the chance to make as big an impact as we can. American’s veterans face so many difficulties, everything from struggles with their VA benefits to the facing challenges of living with PTSD. FHC is serious about helping our vets and encourages other companies in our industry to do the same. We are honored to be part of ARMing Heroes.”
The grant Fletcher received from ARMing Heroes just before the holidays last year not only offered some relief from his financial burden, but also gave him much-needed help and hope as he continues his journey of rebuilding his life. When he heard the good news of his grant award, Fletcher expressed his sincere appreciation.
“I would like to take this time to send my deepest gratitude to all the donors that support this great cause. My road has been difficult and this grant will help as I start to rebuild my life, going from being homeless and now on track to get my life back. I do not take this for granted and I will be volunteering and donating any way that I can to help others. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Throughout 2016, ARMing Heroes plans to spotlight additional grant recipients and how the charity was able to help ease their financial burdens. Stories of past grant recipients http://armingheroes.org/arming-heroes/vets-we-helped/2015-grant-recipients remind us all how rewarding this program can be.
The charity’s flagship No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive runs from September 11th through Veterans Day, November 11th every year, however tax-deductible donations are accepted at any time online at www.armingheroes.org and via mail to PO Box 353, Collingswood, NJ 08108, payable to ARMing Heroes. Pledges may be made to email@example.com. Any amounts pledged or donated now will be applied to the 2016 drive.
About F.H. Cann & Associates
Located just north of Boston in North Andover, MA, F.H. Cann & Associates has been a national leader in providing its clients with compliant, best-in-class recovery rates and services since 1999. Its highly-trained, motivated staff specializes in providing solutions to the most difficult account receivables for a broad spectrum of industries including student loans, financial institutions, commercial, state and local governments, and default aversion services.
About ARMing Heroes
ARMing Heroes was founded and began operating in March, 2009. The organization’s mission is to serve the needs of U.S. military veterans, including their spouse and children. ARMing Heroes fills a charitable niche by linking people identified with employment, credit, and financial counseling needs with the accounts receivable management industry, an industry uniquely poised to help in these areas. Persons interested in volunteering their time and others interested in applying for benefits or pledging other forms of support are encouraged to contact the organization at www.armingheroes.org.
What Can I Do Right Now to Help?
- Visit www.armingheroes.org and donate now.
- Make ARMing Heroes your designated charity through the AmazonSmile program.
- Like the ARMing Heroes page and post this article to your page on Facebook.
- Tweet about this article on Twitter.
- Join our group on LinkedIn, the ARMing Heroes Veterans Charity Supporter / Assistance Center.
- Forward this article via email to your key contacts.
- Print this article and fax it to your local congressional office and ask them to post our website on theirs as a resource for vets.
Above: Mr. Fletcher Crawley; below, from left to right: Tim Roncole (Vet), Les Clark (Vet), Frank & Sheri Cann, and John MacDonald (Vet).