Dog Tag Bakery hosts an innovative five-month work-study program for veterans in conjunction with Georgetown University. The program combines education and experience to help them succeed post duty as civilians. Early each morning, the bakery creates handmade baked goods while providing valuable work experience for disabled veterans and caregivers.
Their mission is to holistically foster the growth of driven, entrepreneurial-minded wounded veterans, spouses and care givers, through a world-class education, ample leadership development opportunities, and a personalized business management rotation.
By the end of the program, graduating fellows have earned a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. The curriculum serves as an introduction to business from an academic perspective and consists of seven courses that are tailored to the small business-focused goals of the selected fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, financial management, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore is the largest center chartered by USO with ten locations and a "deployable" Mobile USO that provide signature USO services to the nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the region and the 150,000 who travel through our local airports. USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to "serving those who serve, and their families" in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, six USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO. Signature programs and services include holiday programs like Turkeys for Troops and Project USO Elf, emergency housing and food assistance, and caring for our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers.
The 2016 gala raised $25,000 for USO-Metro to directly support the Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. The TAPS Good Grief Camps, which serve children of all ages, provide support and comfort for children and teens facing the loss of a loved one in military service.
The 2015 gala raised $23,000 for TAPS and supported the TAPS Good Grief Camps.
Luke's Wings is dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke's Wings provides families with the means to visit during the service member's hospitalization and rehabilitation. Learn more at http://www.lukeswings.org/. In June 2013, the DAR Medal of Honor was presented to Fletcher D. Gill, CEO of Luke's Wings, recognizing his work to support wounded service members.
The 2014 gala raised $5,000 for Luke's Wings and helped ensure that several Wounded Warriors could be with their Sweetheart on Valentine's Day.