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Help Heal Veterans

First established in 1971, Help Heal Veterans has provided free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans for generations. These craft kits help injured and recuperating veterans improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, manage stress and substance abuse, cope with symptoms of PTSD and TBI, while also improving their sense of self-esteem and overall physical and mental health. Most of these kits are developed, manufactured and packaged for delivery at our production center headquartered in Winchester, California.

Since inception, Help Heal Veterans has delivered nearly 31 million of these arts and crafts kits to veterans and veteran facilities nationwide, along with active duty military overseas.  Kits range in categories including woodworking, leather, models, and a variety of needlecrafts, paint-by-numbers and many others

“Help Heal Veterans reflects today’s level of care,” said U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) Joe McClain, CEO of Help Heal Veterans. “Our identity has everything to do with the future work of our mission – helping all veterans, and not just those in hospitals. By updating our name and logo, we are re-focusing our efforts and re-committing our organization to the mission of helping any veteran and military member in need. The name ‘Help Heal Veterans’ reflects the modern reality of the work we do.”

The new logo, which depicts a star formed by five outstretched hands, symbolizes people working together to help veterans. Using hands in the new logo also evokes Help Heal Veterans’ hands-on mission of delivering healing arts and crafts kits to veterans and active duty service members in need of physical or mental rehabilitation.

We often receive notes and letters from veterans, letting us know how grateful they are for the therapeutic kits.  One veteran said, “I served during the Vietnam War, and because of my service connected disability I am limited in what I can do. The kits help me pass the time. My dad retired from the military and served two and half tours in ‘Nam. He just recently passed away and the craft kits I get help me cope with the grief.  I cannot thank your wonderful organization enough for all the joy these craft kits have brought me, and I also let the donors know how grateful I am when I fill out the (thank you) postcards and mail them.” 

Help Heal Veterans is a 501(c)(3) donor funded organization. We rely on the generous support of people like you to fulfill our mission of healing America’s veterans.