Every week it seems like the VA Unit banking team in Cleveland is up to something. If they’re not doing the Tough Mudder in support of paralyzed veterans, they’re handing out easter baskets to kids and their families at the VA hospital. They’re so involved in the veteran community that I have to be on my game 24/7 just to be able to keep up. It’s a good thing for them I welcome the challenge. Bring it on, buddies!
The team’s most recent endeavor was in support of our partnership with Operation Homefront for their Back to School Brigade. In the most basic sense, this program provides school supplies to kids with family members in the military. But it’s really much more than that. It helps the families with the financial stress and worry of having to acquire and organize supplies for their children right before school. Many times this happens right as the family is in the middle of PCSing, or a parent is being deployed. Shopping for school is a stressful time as is when you don’t have to deal with relocating, family separations and all the other worries that come with being a military family. Operation Homefront attempts to help alleviate some of this stress by providing kids a free backpack and enough school supplies to get started on their first day of school.
Last year, Operation Homefront collected nearly 5 million school supplies and filled approximately 40,000 backpacks for kids across the country. According to Operation Homefront, there are 1.2 million children who have active duty servicemembers for parents, and nearly 60% of them are school aged. This program can help these families immeasurably, not just financially but emotionally as well, and our team is so proud we could be a part of it.