Thursday, September 4, 2014

Remembering 9/11



"Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?" 
- country singerAlan Jackson



On September 11, 2001, America was forever changed.  We can all remember exactly where we were, what we were doing, who we were with... like it was just yesterday.  It DID feel like the world stopped turning.  And it still feels like it was just yesterday.  Although America has moved forward with grace and dignity, we will certainly never forget that tragic and horrific day.

 


As we take time to reflect on the 13th Anniversary of a day none of us will ever forget, please join Healing Heroes Network as we come together to mourn, to remember, to honor and express our gratitude to those who demonstrated true bravery and heroism in it's purest form. 


We at Healing Heroes Network pledge to live in honor of their sacrifice. That's why we've dedicated our mission to aid and assist the injured Heroes of the post 9/11 armed forces and their families.  We will continue doing our part to make a difference in the lives of our nation's wounded warriors, and we hope you will join us today in honoring them.  

CLICK HERE to make a donation today!

For Our Troops, 

31640 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL  34684
(727) 781-4376

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local family selected to receive Clearwater Marine Aquarium giveaway!

Meet the O'Shell Family...

William O'Shell Jr., retired 1st Sgt of the U.S. Army, and his wife Annette O'Shell, contacted Healing Heroes Network this past May when they heard about a giveaway contest for military families in the Tampa Bay area.  Healing Heroes Network was giving away free family admission passes for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to a local deserving military family.  Born and raised right here in Pinellas county, Annette reached out right away to tell HHN about her amazing, heroic family.  Upon reading about the O'Shell's, we knew just who was going to win this awesome trip.

Annette and William have a strong military history and family tradition.  William is from Pennsylvania and served proudly for 25 years in the U.S. Army. In 1991, he finally left the military to take care of his mother, who had become ill and was dying. Both Annette and William are now retired, and started doing foster care 4 years ago in 2010. They are currently licensed Medical/Therapeutic foster parents for children with special needs here in Pinellas County.  Annette and William have a son who is now a Sgt. in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC., and their daughter in law is also medically retired from the U.S. Army.

The O'Shell home is currently residence to 6 children, 5 of which are in the foster care system. Their youngest, biological son Grayson is 11 years old.  The other children in the home range from ages 1 month old to 2 years old, 5 years old, 7 years old, and 15 years old.  Annette says, "I was born here in Pinellas county and have watched all the changes the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has gone through. I have not been able to see the Aquarium due to the expense of all the kids. We can't wait to take a day and come visit the Aquarium and Winter.  Thank you Healing Heroes Network!"


In conjunction with the family's trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Healing Heroes Network will also be sending the O'Shell family to have dinner at Crabby Bill's on Clearwater Beach.  We are honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to give back and show our appreciation to this deserving military family right here in the Tampa Bay area!  Healing Heroes Network would like to thank the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Crabby Bill's Seafood Restaurant for making this possible!

          

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hosting a "Healing Heroes Network" Fundraiser


At Healing Heroes Network,  we feel so blessed and rewarded to be able to assist deserving men and women of the armed forces in transitioning from military to civilian life, in many different ways.   We also know that there are caring people all over the country that share in our passion for helping our military Heroes, and a strong desire to give back for their service and sacrifice.  We want our supporters to know that it is easier than you might think to join in the fight to "Heal America's Heroes, One Hero at a Time!"

Because Healing Heroes Network is a self-funded non-profit organization, we rely heavily on fundraising events and donations from supporters, to be able to continue providing the support and funding our Heroes are in need of.  By hosting a fundraiser, big or small, to benefit Healing Heroes Network, you can and WILL make a direct impact on the life of an injured soldier and their family!  Here are some easy ideas that you can implement for FREE:

- Gather your neighbors and host a community garage sale

- Contact your kid's school, daycare or sports team to host a car wash or bake sale

- Contact a local bar or restaurant to host a "Give Back" night, (a portion of proceeds from the evenings sales to be donated to Healing Heroes Network)

- Ask a local Biker group to host a Benefit Ride, or a running group to host a 5K 

- Take up a collection at work or your local church to support our injured Heroes

There are so many ways you and your family can raise funds to support HHN, and our nation's Heroes who have earned and deserve the very best.  If you have any ideas that are not listed here, we would love to hear them!  Call our office at (727) 781-4376, or email us at info@healingheroes.org.  With your help and support, the possibilities are endless! 


The Healing Heroes Network Team

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Sunday Funday" Military Appreciation Event!


Are you a military family based in the Tampa Bay area?  Or do you know of a hard working, deserving military family that has sacrificed their time and/or loved ones to preserve our nation's freedom by fighting for our country?  If so, then....


Healing Heroes Network is excited to announce our first ever "Sunday Funday" Military Appreciation event, coming this August to Clearwater Beach, FL!  On Sunday, August 24, 2014, we will be awarding FOUR local military families with family fun prize packs including theme park tickets, restaurant gift cards, merchandise from Ron Jon Surf Shop, and more!  We need your help getting local families on board, so here's how to nominate and vote... 

- Visit the "Sunday Funday " Facebook event page:    https://www.facebook.com/events/756597331058073/

- To nominate your family, or a military family that you think deserves a family fun prize pack, click on the link: "Nominate/Vote Here".

The four families with the highest number of "points" will be awarded their prizes at the Sunday Funday event in August.  Also on hand will be raffles, giveaways, games for the kids, fun for the whole family, a Healing Heroes Network guest speaker, and a performance by Nashville Recording Artist, Jamie Tate, including her hit single "I'll Give My All", a patriotic tribute to our military.  You don't want to miss out on this awesome event! Please tell your friends and family, and join us on Sunday, August 24th from 12pm - 3pm at the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach.  

Nominate a Military Family today!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July from Healing Heroes Network!




This Friday, the Fourth of July, we encourage you to spend the day remembering what it's all about.... our nation's freedom and independence! These things would not be possible without the courage and heroism of our service men and women who have fought in our armed forces.  We at Healing Heroes Network are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice!

We hope that you will take a moment this Independence Day to thank a Hero, and remember those that gave their lives to maintain our freedom to watch the fireworks every year.  

Wishing you and your loved ones a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!

For the Troops,




Thursday, June 26, 2014

PTSD Awareness Day

At Healing Heroes Network, we believe strongly in supplying the resources and support that is necessary for healing the whole hero.  This can be hard to accomplish if the hero's wounds are not visible to their friends, caregivers, and families.  Sadly, often times our brave men and women are coming home from war with "invisible" injuries, the most commonly heard in today's society being PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).  PTSD may develop after someone experiences one or more traumatic events (such as first hand combat, witnessing others being physically harmed or killed, being physically harmed themselves, etc...) The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating to the hero, devastating to the family, and in the very worst cases, fatal.  The most common symptoms of PTSD include, but are not limited:

- Recurring nightmares or flashbacks of the event(s)
- Sleeplessness
- Lowered sense of self & self-esteem
- Depression & loss of interest

- Anger & irritability

These unfortunate symptoms have been known to lead to:

- Domestic violence & abuse
- Erratic behavior

- Decreased attention span
- Mental disorders
- Suicide 


In 2010, as an effort to educate the public and spread awareness about the issue of PTSD, the U.S. Senate declared the month of June "National PTSD Awareness" month.  In addition, June 27th has been designated as "PTSD Awareness" day by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).  At Healing Heroes Network, we strive everyday "through communication, education, and community outreach" to bring awareness to often undiagnosed and untreated injuries of war, and the desperate need for our services.  While many of our nations heroes are being given numerous pills and medications to mask the symptoms of PTSD, we believe in offering hope through healing.  With network providers all over the country ranging in specialty areas such as counseling, psychiatry, massage therapy, energy healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and many more, we have been able to offer a path to recovery for many heroes suffering from PTSD.

Join us this June 27th as we continue to spread awareness about this disorder that has wreaked havoc on so many military heroes, and their families lives.  By making a tax-deductible donation to Healing Heroes Network, you can make a difference in a Heroes life TODAY, and give them the hope and encouragement that they need on their road to recovery!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tablets For Heroes


In 2012, we at Healing Heroes Network saw a great need in the PTSD & TBI community.  As our society continues to become more and more technologically advanced, there are many men and women who are suffering from cognitive impairment disabilities due to their combat-related injuries.  We knew that this was an untapped area of concern that we really wanted to help our Heroes with, we just had to figure out how to reach as many people as possible, and how we could financially afford to HELP as many Heroes as possible. 

Through the Tablets for Heroes program, it is our goal to help these injured Heroes heal cognitively by allowing them to be more self-sufficient.  Tablets for Heroes strives to combat the negative stigma of those suffering with PTSD and TBI, by helping veterans with these invisible injuries to redevelop their cognitive abilities, remember medications & appointments, relax when under pressure, and open themselves to healing rather than pulling away to seclusion.  Each Tablet is downloaded with 7 specialty applications designed to assist with the symptoms of PTSD & TBI. Here is what some of our recipients have had to say:

"Thank you to HHN and everyone involved with Tablets4Heroes. You have given all of us a great gift and tool to utilize for our ongoing problems. The tablet helps keep me focused and in control. It gives me my schedule of everything that is going on in my life and keeps my mind busy with the programs that were loaded for me to help me throughout the day. It allows me to stay connected to my family, friends and other wounded warriors. Thank you from the bottom of my Purple Heart."         - Air Force Master Sgt. Ken G.



"I'd like to THANK everyone that is part of Tablets For Heroes. As a veteran with PTSD and TBI I get very restless in waiting rooms and very anxious in larger social settings, my Tablet was sent to me with specialty apps designed to keep my mind occupied and help me get through any uneasiness I experience. My memory for short term occurrences is very ‘hit or miss’, and my Tablet offers the ability to keep a calendar and set alarms as a way to prompt awareness. As well, I often misplace or forget to bring necessary documents to VA and other appointments. The Tablet enables me to maintain e-documents at my fingertips. This new tool will help me thrive. Again, many thanks!"      - Thomas H., retired Army; purple heart and bronze star recipient.



Healing Heroes Network is extremely honored and proud to be a part of the healing process for so many of our nation's bravest and most courageous Heroes, in so many different ways! If you know an injured Hero with PTSD and/or TBI who could truly benefit from the assistance of a Tablet, please have them contact us today at info@healingheroes.org


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HHN participates in the "Veterans Charity Challenge 2"!





Healing Heroes Network is excited to announce that we are participating 

Craigconnects, the charitable branch of Craigslist, has launched this Crowdrise fundraiser in order to give back to the charities who support veterans, military families, police and firefighters.  The Veterans Charity Challenge is a fundraising competition where these organizations compete to raise the most money for their causes...

Craigconnects will be donating over $50,000 to organizations like Healing Heroes Network that support America's true heroes. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will receive a $20,000 donation from Craigconnects, second place receives $10,000, and third place receives $5,000.  

You can help Healing Heroes Network win the grand prize, and provide hope and healing to so many injured Heroes who need our help!  
Simply CLICK HERE to donate now!

Want to start your own fundraising team for Healing Heroes Network?? Get your friends and family involved by visiting the HHN challenge page and clicking on 
"Fundraise For This Campaign".  Please help us spread the word, 
EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!!

If you have any questions about HHN, please email info@healingheroes.org, or veterans@crowdrise.com for questions about the campaign. We thank you in advance for your support and contributions.  With your help we can continue to heal America's Heroes, one Hero at a time!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!





On the last Monday of every May,  we as Americans take the day off of work and gather with our families and friends.  We go to community celebrations, we have cookouts and barbecue's, and we celebrate the approach of summer with parties, food and festivities.

It is our duty and responsibility, however, to remember what the true meaning of Memorial Day is all about.  Originally called "Decoration Day", Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  Origins of this special day date all the way back to 1868, when it was officially proclaimed and first observed.  In 1915, poet Moina Michael began the trend of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day when she wrote:


We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

This Memorial Day, we hope that you will take a moment to remember why you are off of work, enjoying your time with the people you love.  The phrase "All Gave Some, Some Gave All" rings true every day.  Some of our nation's heroes give their lives on the battlefield to protect our rights, our freedom, our lives...  We owe them more than words could say.  Let's start by taking this day to truly remember their sacrifice and be grateful for their service.  

From all of us at Healing Heroes Network, we wish you a Happy Memorial Day!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Giveaway




Healing Heroes Network wants to say Thank You to our service members by giving back to one of our own local Military Heroes...  

We currently have a family 4 pack of admission tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and would like to give them away to a special family in the Tampa Bay area!  If you are a Military service member, from any branch of the armed forces, retired or active duty, please email us NOW at info@healingheroes.org and tell us about your family!  (You will need to supply a copy of your Military ID and/or DD-214 upon request.)  Healing Heroes Network will choose one lucky family to visit Winter, the real life inspiration of the "Dolphin Tale" movies!  



As always, we are eternally grateful to all of our military heroes for their service, and we know that their families sacrifice so much as well...  Through this giveaway, we wish to recognize the Heroes and military families right here in our own backyard, and hope to brighten someone's day by sending them on a fun filled day to the now famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium...  




We look forward to receiving your entries and hearing about the many amazing hero families in the Tampa Bay area....  Have a great weekend!