The luxuries that we can lay claim to in America are protected by an intricate system. Through defense, law enforcement, medical and fire services, Americans can work, spend and learn in a safe environment, earning and finding new things to enjoy and improve oneself with. The teachers, too, drive the next generation to innovate and ever increase those standards of living. Recent films like Citizen Soldier have honored servicemen and how they often encapsulate the best aspects of being a ‘man’.
With the country facing internal challenges of confidence, this article will set out how communities across America are honoring heroes this year, from benefiting the mental health of these heroes; to Home for Heroes deploying astute savings. This in turn helping heroes keep their head above water and engage in precious quality time with their families.
Companies Paying Back
Homes for Heroes are a nationwide real estate network for heroes that has delivered over $30m in savings to fire, healthcare, military, law enforcement and teachers since its inception, basing their business model on the knowledge that these professionals are owed for their debt to America. Whether purchasing, renting, refinancing or selling, Homes for Heroes offer specific schemes to enable heroes to save thousands of dollars – no strings attached.
Even further, Homes for Heroes have setup and built a foundation that benefits nonprofit charities across the United States. 2017 saw over $420,000 awarded to charities around the country that bring crucial care and support to the nation’s heroes and give that legup to the most in need heroes, often unable to keep up the same level of earning post-retirement or when their family is growing. So to have they provided $5,000 to help injured veterans, freeing valuable funds to improve the quality of life that American heroes deserve and should be able to enjoy.
Galas, Government Recognition and Sponsorship
The federal government has been making strides to improve the fortunes of those who are owed a debt by the nation, with the news last week that Trump signed a veteran mental health EO to tackle suicide and self harm rates amongst former servicemen. Equally, however, there is impetus from the private market. This has been exemplified by National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, providing sustenance for serving and former officers.
With an increased focus on personal venture and capital wealth, it’s understandable that galas and sponsorships have come back into focus in recent years. Take for example the bumper A Night Honoring Heroes, a 2018 blockbuster event concerning medical professionals in and around the South Alabama Medical Centre.
The Teachers and Sportspeople
Not as often categorized amongst the ‘heroes’ we see day to day are sportspeople and teachers. Both have a huge influence on the next generation and in the right position can influence the people set to become key men in the future. Teachers often work thankless nights, sacrificing time with their families. To support them, galas similar to those held in the medical fields have flourished.
For sportspeople, better remunerated, a greater sense of social justice has started to grow, exemplified by baseball star Pedro Martinez’ Puerto Rico appeal.
Heroes take many forms in this country. Whether directly defending the men and women of the country, to fixing medical problems, to educating and inspiring the next generation. The good news is that 2018 is set to continue the US’ great tradition of honoring them.