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Our Work

The grants, donations, and gifts that we share with those who serve our country are made possible by the generous donations and grants from our supporters and the proceeds from our annual  Run For The Brave 5K Run/Walk. 

ALL our donations and grants benefit LOCAL ILLINOIS VETERANS!

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  • Financial Grant WWII Veteran for housing March 2021

  • Grant for USMC who is struggling with cancer -- February 2021

  • Paper Drive for Hope Manor Veterans Campus and Midwest Shelter For Veterans -- February 2021

  • February, 2021 sponsored Paper Products Drive for Veterans at Hope Manor 64 Unit Veteran Campus and Midwest Shelter for Veterans Commissary. The Food Stamps program, which veterans in need often receive, astonishingly does NOT consider paper products as essential. Veterans and their family members often go without toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, facial tissues, disinfecting wipes, and other products while trying to get back on their feet.

  • October, 2020 thru January, 2021 shipped packages overseas

  • Presented USAF Veteran with Snow blower, Hunting and Fishing Gear for his ActionTracker. Also replace/upgraded chair armrests -- December 2020

  • Christmas Magical Shopping for 40 Children of Veterans -- December 2020

  • Thanksgiving 2020--OWYH delivered 90+ Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Pies, Reddi Whip, Thanksgiving Cards and gift cards to Veterans in the Community

  • A donation was made assisting a local homeless veteran, living in his car, for short term hotel until apt subsidizing is approved July 2020

  • Donation given for an Agent Orange Widow with 3 sons, 2 Army & 1 Marine needing assistance for HVAC system in her home June 2020

  • Grant for Korean Veteran in need of assistance for medical needs May 2020

  • OWYH purchased and donated $7,500 of PPE to Hines Va Hospital and Clinics April 2020

  • OWYH purchased and donated pallets of toilet paper, paper towel, cleaning supplies and masks to Hope Manor Veterans Home March and August 2020

  • Financially assisted homeless veteran living in car for short term hotel till apt subsidizing is approved July 2020

  • Grant for Agent Orange Widow with 2 Army and 1 Marine Sons needing financial assistance for HVAC system in her home June 2020

  • Grant for Korean Veteran in need of assistance for medical needs

  • Donated $7,500 worth masks to Hines Va Hospital April 2020

  • Donated large quantity of cases of toilet paper and paper towel to Hope Manor Veterans Home March 2020

  • Living Room set for VietNam Veteran December 2019

  • Christmas clothes and lunch for Warriors Daughter December 2019

  • Clothing drive for Hope Manor Veterans

Grant to Joliet VFW to help fund new wheelchair specialty wheel chair lift for Veterans with specialty needs ie wheelchairs, unable to climb stairs, etc.

  • OWYH was gifted a Jazzy Mobile Chair and we presented to Plainfield American Legion enabling a member to continue to visit. OWYH purchased the two specialty batteries needed. Oct 2019

  • Grant for 10 Bicycles, helmets, baskets including chains with locks for Veteran Housing Hope Manor, Joliet, IL OWYH also donated $300 of toiletries, paper products and food Oct 2019

  • Grant to help Afghanistan Wounded Warrior and his 6 yr old daughter. furnish his home complete with 2 bedroom sets, dinette, set and living room furniture.He received a mortgage free home. from Building For Heroes Oct 2019

  • Grant for Security Deposit for Veteran who was living out of his car. He now is living in an apartment and we provided a bedroom set including mattress with all protectors for him Oct 2019


  • Grant for 1/2 month security deposit to help VietNam Veteran obtain apartment. He has been living in his car Sept 2019

  • Grant for 2 weeks at motel for Veteran needed until he can move into subsidized housing August 2019

  • Presented Wounded Warrior with USMC jacket, shirt and a special "belt " to help with fishing -- July 2019

  • Grant to paint full interior of Veteran's home who has a young child needing house painted per doctors orders prior to being released from hospital--August 2019

  • Grant for Carol Stream Park District Veterans Memorials Feb 2019

  • Grant for Veteran experiencing financial distress March 2019

  • Eagle and Solar Light for DuPage Veteran Center. We sponsored pole w/light several years ago.

  • OWYH Sponsored Flagpole complete with Eagle, Lock Box, Solar Light and Plaque at St. Bede Academy, Peru, IL where a running track has established in his honor.  Oct - Dec 2018

  • OWYH gifted $500 Jewel gift cards for Caring For Patriots Thanksgiving For Veterans 2018 Project Oct - Dec 2018

  • Ongoing gifts of comfort blankets and cards to spouses, siblings whose Hero is now guarding the gates of Heaven Oct - Dec 2018

  • An invitation has been extended to Veterans and their Spouse to attend free Yoga classes held Thursdays

    DuPage Veteran Center
    750 Shoreline
    Aurora, IL
    Call 630-585-1853 for more info


  • US Navy Ryan Shannon and his family were given a mortgage free home this past November. To help them OWYH gifted of a new kitchen set. Ryan’s children were especially happy sitting at their new table to enjoy family meals. Oct - Dec 2018

  • USMC CPL Colin Dunne and his family were also given a mortgage free home recently. OWYH presented Colin with a Snowblower and just in time as we had lots of snow on the same day. Oct - Dec 2018

  • A Grant has just been given to a Wounded Warrior and her family in need of financial assistance to help make their Christmas merrier. Oct - Dec 2018

  • Grant for a Veteran needing assistance to help turn his heat back on. Oct - Dec 2018

  • Hand crocheted blanket and hat sent to new baby of a Veteran Oct - Dec 2018

  • A big shout out to Olney Elementary School, Aurora, IL for collecting and donating household items and non-perishable foods which will be distributed thru Will County VA. Great job and a big thank you to all the Teachers and Students. Oct - Dec 2018

  • Will County VA has very nice shower facilities for Veterans. To help them OWYH purchased towels (bath and hand) and wash cloths to fill their "linen closet". Also donated were sweat shirts and pants so when they step out of the shower, they have clean clothing which they will be able to take with. We also donated hand crocheted "beanies". Oct - Dec 2018

  • On a continuous basis we also send out get well cards and hand crocheted lap blankets to Veterans who are experiencing health issues

  • Grant for Wife and children of Fallen Hero June 2018

  • Grants for 13 VietNam Veterans May 2018

  • Grant for Iraq Veteran who lost everything due to a fire at his apt May 2018

  • Grant for VietNam Veteran wishing for laptop to write poems and more April 2018

  • Wedding gift for Gold Star Sister March 2018

  • Grant for homeless Vietnam Veteran to help get him into an apartment March 2018

  • Grant for Veteran experiencing financial hardship with final expenses for his wife March 2018

  • OWYH presented a Grant to a local Wounded Warrior (Marine) experiencing financial hardship having to pay back VA benefits due to glitches in the system -- January 2018

  • OWYH and Only C Allen Elementary School, 2nd Grade, adopted 5 local Veterans without family for Christmas. Non-Perishable foods, hygiene products, shirts, handmade hats, plush robes and pj bottoms along with Christmas cards made/donated by Students from Good Shepard Lutheran School in Downers Grove --December 2017

  • Thanksgiving Butterball checks were sent with holiday cards to 10 Veterans helping with their Holiday Dinner--November 2017

  • 20ft Commercial Flagpole complete with Eagle top and Cleat Box for Dedication Military Garden at Metea Valley HS. November 2017

  • Luggie Scooter with accessories for Female Army Veteran who suffered a stroke while serving in Korea November 2017

  • Complete Full Size Bed and Bedding including Comfortser Set, Pillows, Two sets of Sheets and all Protecters for Korean War Veteran and his Wife who was homeless and thru Will County was able to move into apartment October 2017

  • ActionTracker Chair with customized accessories including Snowblower USMC James Poggi October 2017

  • Bling shirts and swag bags for Gold Star Mother Event July 2017

  • Grant for Vietnam Veteran whose illness requires long term stay including isolation and funds to help caregiver (his wife) expenses August 2017

  • Grant for Commercial Flagpole complete with Eagle top, Cleat Box with lock and sponsor plaque for Military Dedication Garden at Metea High School, Aurora,IL August 2017

  • A Soldier returning from a 10 month deployment was presented with a nice gift certificate to Coopers Hawk for a date night with his wife July 2017

  • An Army FRG in Chicago held a family picnic with OWYH providing refreshments, 150 goody bags and shirts July 2017

  • Grant to Widow of USAF Vietnam Veteran to help with final expenses July 2017

  • Grant to recent deployed returnee who is married and 3 children to help with mortgage as benefits disability benefits have been detailed July 2017

  • Grant assisting Marine single dad with two children

  • OWYH donated lawn equipment to an Army Veteran who was recently given a mortgage free home in Illinois(2017)

  • OWYH donated a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower with snow blower attachment to a Army Veteran who was given a home in Illinois (2017)

  • Grant providing financial assistance (funeral expenses) for Veteran killed in Tornado

  • Grant for Great Lakes Sailors Christmas Day Luncheon

  • Grant for Vietnam Veteran assistance

  • Grant for WWII Veteran assistance

  • Grant to NRFOV to help Veterans with repairs, et al

  • Purchased/Gifted several Female Veterans with new winter coat, scarf, gloves and winter boots

  • Sponsored Healing Garden and patio furniture for Female Veteran Shelter

  • Grant for USMC injured in auto crash

  • Groceries for Gold Star Mom

  • Grant for US Army Soldier Reservist for medical bills

  • Grant for USMC family to offset airfare to return USMC to their homeland for burial

  • Grant for USMC Quadruple Amputee to offset traveling expenses with caregiver for double arm transplant

  • Fashion Show/Luncheon at Drury Lane Theatre for Wounded Warrior Spouses

  • Co-Host with DuPage County Veteran Center Holiday Dinner consecutively 2013, 2014, 2015. Various homemade contributions from Supporters all years. 2015 in addition to food a Clothing Drive was sponsored by Lexus of Naperville including shoes, business suits, outerware (gloves, jackets, boots, hats) and various other clothing.

  • Donated 225 Hats embroidered with 5 branch seals and Thank A Veterans embroidery to the DuPage County Homeless Veteran Standdown

  • Grant to family of US Army Dwight Maness

  • Gold Star Family Thinking of You Flowers

  • Commitment to Midwest Shelter Homes Healing Garden in 2016 for Female Home

  • Vietnam Disabled Veteran Grant

  • Manteno Nursing Home Grant

  • Baby/Children Gifts (assistance) for Wounded Warriors - ongoing

  • Homeless Veteran Assistance including food, gas and boarding, gift cards --ongoing

  • ActionTracker Mobile Wheelchairs: USAF Tony Simone, US Army Cameron Crouch

  • John Deere Riding Lawnmower/Snowerblower: USMC Lemune “James” Danahan, USMC Matthew Clarke, USMC Andrew Derrig, USAF Captain Anthony Simone

  • Marine JROTC Grants

  • VietNam Veteran assistance hardship/funeral expenses –ongoing (names not stated for privacy)

  • Assistance to terminally ill Afghanistan Veteran and his family: no name for privacy

  • Housecleaning services for Wounded Warrior’s Spouse

  • 2012 Wounded Warrior Project Grant

  • Donations to Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

  • Hines VA Hospital Hospice Unit sponsorship of two rooms

  • Gold Star Parents Appreciation Day and Dinner (3)

  • Wounded Warrior/Spouse/Parents Appreciation Day and Dinner (3)

  •  Run For The Brave 5K 2013/2014/2015 Honored Wounded Warriors Grants

  • New bed/mattress WWII Veteran

  • 2013/2014/2015 sponsorship of Walleyes Unlimited USA Fishing Outing

  • Weekend for Wounded Warrior and his spouse/parents/children to be honored at 2015  Run For The Brave 5K Run

  • Commercial grade/installation of flagpole DuPage Veterans Center

  • Chicago Wolves outing Hines VA Veterans/Marine JROTC

  • Bowling nite of fun for Hines VA Veterans (4)

  • USA Wounded Warriors Ice Hockey Grant (2014)

  • Airfare for Gold Star Father

  • Airfare for family to visit their Warrior at Bethesda Grants to/for Wounded Warriors—Ongoing

  • Coal City Tornado Veterans Grant including shirts

  • Ongoing visits to Hines VA Hospital donating new clothing inc hats, gloves, scarfs, robes, pj’s, socks, shirts, undergarments, dvds, games, books, cash for each Veteran and more

  • DuPage Standdown sponsorships of hats/cookies for 225 Veterans

  • Grant for USMC special needs sister



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