Thank you to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation


Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) is honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) which will fund trauma-informed workshops to help low-income veterans and their families address and cope with their invisible wounds of war such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Secondary Trauma, and more.Â


“This generous grant provided by the Disabled Veterans National Foundation will make a huge difference in the wellness of disabled veterans and their families,” said Donna Deutchman, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV and Homes 4 Families. “We are proud that an organization that recognizes the long-term effects that military service has on veterans sees value in trauma-informed and wraparound programming.”


Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt.Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said, “One of DVNF’s priorities is to help veterans overcome the invisible wounds of war. It is our honor to work with Habitat for Humanity, and we are thrilled that they are offering such an important program for our veterans.”


The low-income veterans and families benefitting from this grant are part of the Homes 4 Families™ Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® program, which provides low-income veterans and their families with a homeownership opportunity along with self-sufficiency and resiliency training proven to move families up into the middle class. These ongoing social services and programs include financial education, leadership training, and veteran-specific trauma informed workshops to help veterans and their families overcome some military-specific challenges.


Funding for veteran-specific services is extremely valuable because these services help to leverage homeownership and the full equity that our veterans earn, into a way out of the endless cycle of poverty, up the economic ladder.


Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom. DVNF achieves this mission by:

  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community and educating the public accordingly.


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