News and Events

Check out our latest news and happenings at Arise Veteran Foundation and our partners
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New Partner: Walker’s Bluff!

We’re excited to announce Arise Veteran Foundation’s newest Partner: Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort! Check out their Career Fair on Saturday, April 1st from 12-5 pm! Click the banner for more..

New Partner: Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Learn about our newest partner, Tunnel to Towers Foundation!

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2022 Trees for Vets

Each year, The Kaufman Fund, through its Trees for Vets program, provides Christmas Trees and gifts to over 300 Veterans. This annual event is only possible through the amazing support..

Break the Chain Productions

Introducing our newest partner, Break the Chain Productions, Inc! Break the Chain Productions was founded by award-winning actress, producer, and writer Chrystal Snow. It is located in the U.S., Canada,..

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Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks, Other Public Lands

On Veterans Day, Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families started obtaining a free lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites spread out across more..

New Partner: Food Works!

Food Works is seeking a full time Coordinator of Farmer Training Programs to lead the organization’s farmer facing programming and outreach efforts. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in strengthening..

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Chief Bearskin Aviation Preparatory Academy Wyandotte, OK

Press Announcement R3-AEROCORE: Taking Flight Leading the FUTURE MISSION The Chief Bearskin Aviation Preparatory Academy is designed and dedicated to developing highly qualified students in Aerospace Flight Training, Aerospace Engineering,..

Arise at Celebration Event Center

Here are some photos from the Arise Veteran Foundation event at the Celebration Event Center in Marion, Illinois. Senator Fowler, Dr. B and Combat Veteran Associations celebrate with “Sailor”, a Vietnam War..

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Wyandotte High School Aviation Program

“Hi all! Wyandotte High School started the year in aviation with great success. I wanted to update all with a little snippet of what our “take off” looked like. We..

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Pawnee Nation College Grant Award Announcement

June 23, 2022 – NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today it has awarded nine grants as part of..

Open House

Arise Veteran Foundation will be hosting an open house at Celebrations Event Center in Marion Illinois on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Celebrations Event Center will be hosting training opportunities and..

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sent this bulletin at 11/17/2021 07:05 AM EST . Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans,..

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Until We Get Home

A unique and unfiltered look at Veteran Suicide, featuring Martin Sheen for the National Veterans Foundation. Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255. Available 24/7. Watch the video here:

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Thank a veteran. Perhaps now more than ever.

Throughout our country’s history, generations have watched their fellow citizens deploy to foreign lands to preserve our freedoms and way of life. For the current generation, it’s been 20 years..

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Honoring All Who Served

Greetings Arise Vets, families and friends, on this Veterans Day!Many Priories have engaged with activities in their local area to express support for our veterans. The response has been terrific…

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Round Up for Veterans at On the Run

Between November 1-14, 2021, you can round up your purchase and support The Kaufman Fund. So stop by your local On the Run for gas and snack and Round Up..

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National Suicide Prevention Month

Friends of Arise Veteran Foundation, September is National Suicide Prevention Month – a time in which mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.Mental health..

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Reimagined in America Webinar Sept 30

On September 30th at 1:00 EST, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be hosting a discussion about how U.S. communities can learn with Indigenous peoples in New Zealand and around..

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Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability Conference

A collaborative conference in the St. Louis region, October 6-10, 2021 A series of virtual events to advance research & education on indigenous knowledge and sustainability in our region. Events..

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Port Authority at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers

Arise Veteran Foundation is working with Senator Fowler and the city of Cairo, IL on the new Port Authority at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

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Our Town: August 2021

The Kaufman Fund’s Food for Vets is featured in the August 2021 issue of Our Town, a community news magazine for North St. Louis County. Food for Vets takes place..

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Arise Music Therapy Program

Arise has sponsored 3 rounds of classes at Marion Veterans Hospital in Marion, IL, sponsoring 15 guitars for each cohort. Ethan Blumhorst, Director of Recreation Therapy, is pictured here with..

Welcoming our newest affiliate, Undersea Warriors

We’d like to welcome our newest affiliate, Undersea Warriors. Undersea Warriors is a new nonprofit that uses their three step program to guide veterans and their dive buddies through marine..

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Mega Food Drive on Sept 24th

The Kaufman Fund is proud to partner with Operation Food Search to have a “Mega Food Drive” at the headquarters of OFS. The event will take place on September 24th. The..

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Veteran Gives Women ‘Overdue’ Memorial

Construction underway for Women’s Legacy Memorial on courthouse square By Alyx Arnett, 6/29/21, the Kokomo Perspective The northeast corner of the courthouse square has been undergoing a transformation as brick..

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Women Veteran’s Program hosts drive-through baby shower

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Being pregnant or having a child is not an easy feat for most women, and one veteran’s organization wants women to know there are resources..

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What to Know about The COVID-19 Delta Variant

You Asked, We Answered: What do I need to know about the Delta variant of COVID-19? I’ve heard about a new “Delta variant” of the virus that causes COVID-19. Is..

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Kaufman Fund is Helping Veterans and Children

For over 30 years, The Kaufman Fund has been helping Veterans and children in need. In addition to our dental, legal and mental health programs we support other organization in..

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Boots to Business Reboot

SoCal VBOC is proud to co-host this online Boots to Business Reboot event with the Native American Veterans Association (NAVA) and the Los Angeles SBA District Office. If you have ever dreamed of owning your own business, join us on Saturday, June 19th, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific time. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to registered participants the day before the class. There is no charge for this event.

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New Project Director

Let’s give a warm welcome to Mr. George Briscoe, who will serve as overall project director for Arise Veteran Foundation. He has previously served as project director for a comprehensive..

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Donation Presented to Kaufman Fund

Carrier Heating & Cooling & Koch Air proudly support The Kaufman Fund.

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Helmets to Hardhats

If you or any veteran you know is interested in a career with one of the 15 Building and Construction Trade Unions, contact Bill of Helmets to Hardhats. Helmets to Hardhats is a nonprofit organization that helps military service members transition back into civilian life by offering career opportunities in the construction industry.

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185th Airlift Squadron Reunion

This Airlift Squadron received a batch of PPE kits. The Squadron consists of one retired SWA pilot, 3 Brigadier Generals, and all of them have 20+ years of military service.

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Bordeaux Big Payback

Knowles Friends, Family and Staff, The Bordeaux Advocates have resumed our partnership with J.B. Knowles!  We are excited to be a part of this amazing facility and to bring smiles..

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Fighting ‘Invisible Injuries’ — PTSD Treatment Systems Are Gifted to Two St. Louis Combat Vets

ST LOUIS, MO (Issued APRIL 2021) — Two Saint Louis area combat veterans — who have been dealing with effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since returning from deployment many years ago..

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Dress Distribution Program

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is teaming up with local organizations to facilitate a dress distribution program, giving away over 600 youth-sized girl dresses to families in need throughout Southern Illinois.

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Meharry & Knowles

Meharry Family Medicine and Knowles Home Assisted Living Facility – Falls Risk Assessment The Meharry Comprehensive Health Center houses the Family Medicine Clinic and cared for over 15,000 primary care visits over..

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New Tech Support Gig-App

Veteran Community Excited About New Tech Support Gig-App – TecMe Announces Partnerships With Arise Veterans and VeteranGIG

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Bees for Bravery

Bees for Bravery gives veterans suffering from PTSD a means of therapy through beekeeping.

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Food for Vets

Food for Vets: Saturday, March 20th, from 10am-12:30pm. To register for food, go to TheKaufmanFund.orgIf you have any questions, email are looking for volunteers! Please let us know if you are..

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One Million Acts of Kindness

One Million Acts of Kindness with Southwest Airlines In celebration of Southwest Airlines’ 50th year, Arise Veteran Foundation is joining them to inspire One Million Acts of Kindness! From now..

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Meharry Medical College

COVID-19 put a spotlight on Meharry Medical College, one of Nashville’s ‘jewels’ Written by Adam Tamburin from Nashville, TN In the early days of the pandemic, when local restaurants donated..

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Arise Rifle Case Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Mitchell for winning our end-of-the-year raffle that consists of a custom Arise rifle cover and a pair of Arise shoes, a total value of over $1,000! Here..

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Helping Heal Veterans

Help Heal Veterans provides free therapeutic craft kits to military service members and veterans receiving medical care throughout the country. The craft kits support the healing process by providing physical..

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STEM Program

Elevate: STEM and the Arts (ESA) is a support program that specializes in math education, the arts, and mentoring. ESA is dedicated to changing educationally, economically, and socially disadvantaged student’s..

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Indigenous People’s Day

In October 2019, the Dallas City Council approved a resolution recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day, replacing the date that was previously recognized as Columbus Day…

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VooDoo Deep Sea Narrative

In September of 2020, Arise Veteran Foundation (Arise) partnered with Hunters Helping Heroes and their ole buddy VooDoo to take some of our nation’s heroes on a “Deep Sea Hunt.”..

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Help Heal Vets

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today Help Heal Veterans has provided nearly 50,000 craft kits, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, to..

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‘Project Runway All Stars’

Southwest Airlines has gotten involved with a different kind of runway – a fashionable one. The airline appeared in the January 16, 2019 episode of “Project Runway All Stars” series..

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Sales Training

EXPERIENCE, a course reserved only for returning military veterans will help attendees to overcome the sales experience requirement found in most want ads for sales professionals. The instructor, Ken Diekemper,..

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Up-Cycle & Recycle

AVF is committed to creating jobs and helping veterans band together and help our community and our planet. Will are creating jobs and helping companies be sustainable at the same..