Providing Comfort and Dignity
Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation
As long-term nursing and memory care costs soar, many widowed spouses are unable to afford the level of care they require. As they deal with issues of aging in their 80s and 90s, they often lose financial stability through no fault of their own. Health issues and unexpected longevity overwhelm their resources and that’s where we step in.
Your donations to the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation utterly transform lives. Meet Margaret and Ellie, whose names have been changed to preserve their dignity. Because of your gifts, they are able to live out their final years in comfort.
Margaret, 90, lives at Freedom House. Her husband died years ago, yet she is not alone. She spends her days in the company of old friends who drop by to check on her, read to her, and work on jigsaw puzzles or play a tune on the piano. She cannot afford the high quality of care she receives, so we augment her limited income. She is safe, content and loved.
Ellie and her friends meet three afternoons a week for a lively bridge game and conversation. They’ve known each other a half century, since meeting overseas on active duty. They’re all widowed and find comfort in their longstanding sisterhood. None are aware that Ellie’s savings were depleted when her husband suffered a devastating illness requiring years of nursing care. The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation helps her and that’s our lovely little secret.
No Family but My Air Force Family
As told by Mrs. Lillian Hansen
Air Force Enlisted Village
It is a miracle of God that I am here. I was taking care of my mother, who was blind, and my father, who was deaf. They both died, and then I suddenly fell ill. I was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. The doctors couldn’t operate, so they decided to treat it with chemotherapy and radiation. I was on a feeding tube for months afterwards, and lost a lot of weight.
When I was discharged from the hospital, I was sent to a rehab facility. I couldn’t even do the most basic things for myself, like take a bath. I also have diabetes and heart problems, and had no idea how I was going to care for myself after I was released. I was really worried. I couldn’t afford an assisted living facility. I don’t really have any family and I had nowhere to go.
While I was in the hospital and rehab facility, the Air Force Enlisted Village chaplain visited me by chance. When I told the chaplain I was a widow of an Air Force man, he told me all about AFEV, but I didn’t have a military ID card.
The chaplain and another AFEV employee drove me to Hurlburt Field and got me an ID card. They worked very hard to make this happen. Now I could move to the Hawthorn House, but I was still too sick to even pack up the things in my house.
My friends at the AFEV were little angels again. They unpacked my few possessions when I arrived, and helped me settle in. That was a tremendous blessing, because I still can’t walk without my walker, and even then it’s a struggle. Living here is the absolute blessing of my life. Everyone here takes such good care of me.
Dear LeMay Foundation, Continuing with our holiday tradition, we are sending a check to aid in your efforts for all the widows you work with, and adding a special thank you for your continued support of my mother, Mary. Every year I’m amazed at the freedom it gives her to feel independent-and that makes all the difference to her pride and self-esteem!
– John, Cindy & Family, Washington
Thank you for the One-Time grant. This will be a great help to me financially. I can express the deepest gratitude but no words to explain the memory when I remember, “Taking Care of Our Own.” I have the memory to cherish always. God Bless all the widows of America and your foundation.
– Lena, Texas
I want to thank you for the Christmas grant and my monthly assistance. It’s been 17 years, Robert has been gone, and you have helped me and supported me all these years. I simply don’t have words for how much it all means to me. You are making my life easier by helping me with your kindness and I pray God will richly Bless each and every one of you.
– Niana, Arkansas
The 2016 Air Force Assistance Fund Drive has officially begun! February 1st marked the first day of the campaign and so far we have 7 bases in the first group.
The goal this year is an ambitious $6.78M! This year, as noted by Secretary James, General Welsh and Chief Cody it’s not about Airmen giving more, it’s about more Airmen giving!
View the Kick-off Memo below:
AFAF 2016 Kick-off Memo-Signed
Team Malmstrom is holding an AFAF kick-off event today, February 23, 2015! This event is at 10:00 am at the Grizzly Bend.
Great work, Team Malmstrom, and good luck with your campaign! Looks like a great spread . . .
The Hilltop Times posted a great Commentary by SMSgt Bill Fortenberry from Davis-Monthan AFB about the Air Force Enlisted Village and its impact on him. He volunteered at the Air Force Enlisted Village when he was stationed at Tyndall AFB in 2009. SMSgt Fortneberry reminds us that AFEV is one of the four Air Force affiliate charities that is supported by the Air Force Assistance Fund. You can read the story here: http://www.hilltoptimes.com/content/air-force-enlisted-village
Thank you, SMSgt Fortenberry!
The AFAF campaign begins on March 2, 2015 at Hill AFB and on March 23, 2015 at Davis-Monthan AFB.
We want to give a shout out to Vance Air Force Base for posting their kickoff event via Facebook and creating a news feed with AFAF information, http://1.usa.gov/1DevPt6. It’s a great way to share how bases support the annual AFAF tradition “Commitment to Caring” and meet their established goals!!
We would like to recognize Laughlin Air Force Base for their commitment to caring! Giving Aid: Col. Brian Hastings, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, fills out an Air Force Assistance Fund donation slip at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 5, 2015. The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual campaign to help raise funds for four charities that support military members: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Village and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet) (Released)
Today, Monday, 9 Feb., Joint Base Charleston Air Force Base kicks off their annual AFAF campaign. Specific information for JB Charleston AFB, SC is available at their base website: http://1.usa.gov/1I2513J. We hope they’ll post pictures and information from their kickoff event too!