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Hidden Heroes
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2020 Hidden Heroes Fund Recipients


Code of Support Foundation of Alexandria, VA ., provides critical one-on-one assistance to service members, veterans, and their families who experience barriers to accessing the nation’s full spectrum of resources designed to serve them. Through their digital PATRIOTlink platform and their direct Case Coordination services, COSF connects veterans and caregivers to the people and resources they need to live full, healthy lives. 

Public Counsel of Los Angeles, Calif., is the nation’s largest public interest law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services to low-income communities. Through a model that leverages the talents and dedication of thousands of attorney and law student volunteers, Public Counsel provides free legal assistance to low-income people and addresses systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy. 

Caregivers on the Homefront of Kansas City, MO., serves all eras of veteran caregivers and their children through educational workshops, in person and online support groups, mental health and wellness restorative weekends, mental health counseling, and advocacy efforts. Caregivers on the Homefront provides direct mental health counseling services to veteran caregivers, their children, and veteran couples.

Dog Tag Inc. of Washington, DC, (DTI)’s social enterprise, Dog Tag Bakery, acts as a living business school for transitioning veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers. They empower their fellows to discover purpose and find community post-service through an innovative business and entrepreneurship-focused fellowship program. 

The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program of Atlanta, Georgia, provides evidence-based clinical care to post-9/11 veterans and service members from across the US with PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, anxiety, substance use disorder, and related invisible wounds of service. All services are provided at no cost to warriors or their families. 

Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) of San Diego, Calif., builds financial self-sufficiency among active duty enlisted service members, recently discharged veterans, and their caregivers and families living in the Southern California region and Washington state. They provide professional financial counseling services and financial assistance for military families experiencing the imminent loss of a critical basic need.

Since 2005, the Yellow Ribbon Fund of Bethesda, MD., has been dedicated to meeting the varied and changing needs of wounded, ill and injured service members while they are recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and as they transition to civilian life. The Yellow Ribbon Fund was founded to serve the wounded coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, their mission is to provide practical support for wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers. 


For more information about the Hidden Heroes Fund Grants program, click here.