How We Help
Support for Wounded Warriors and Their Families
Through Aid for Wounded Warriors, Azalea Charities provides help for our service people and the families who stand behind them. Support is adapted to the need – ranging from mortgage and rent payments, utility payments, gas cards and Wal-Mart cards to special needs such as the training of service dogs and provision of services to caregiving families. Azalea provides day-to-day support for these heroes in ways that address their lifetime needs.
|Home for a Hero
In 2003 at age 20, Army Reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of his head in Baghdad. Jay sacrificed his ability to walk, talk, see or eat and is totally dependent upon his parents, Joe and Eva. Azalea Charities has committed over $100,000 to provide a home for the Briseno family that meets their needs for Jay’s long-term care. Read more…
|Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center
The Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center is a place where individuals with special challenges come together, and where victories – some dramatic, some modest, but all significant – are joyously celebrated. Azalea Charities supports a new program at the Center that uses horses to help wounded warriors deal with their disabilities.
|A Service Dog for a Disabled Vet
Azalea Charities provided $5,000 to train a service dog for disabled Army Captain Mark Jeffery of Harrison, OH, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of years of service in the US Army. Gainor makes a huge change in Mark’s personality by picking up on anxiety created by Mark’s PTSD.
|Annual Holiday Party for Wounded Warriors and their Families
Azalea Charities and Giorgio’s Family Restaurant sponsor an annual holiday dinner for military heroes and their families in December. This party provides a way for the community to say “Thanks” to the men and women of the US military who give so much for our nation. We often host families whose loved ones are deployed for the holidays.
|Making Life easier for a Wounded Warrior
Lawn maintenance can be a strenuous task – and the difficulties are compounded if you’re an Army veteran with a leg amputation. Steve Curry was injured in Iraq in 2006, when a roadside IED struck the vehicle in which he was riding. As a result of his injuries, Steve had a below-knee amputation of his left leg. Recently Azalea Charities took Steve and his family shopping for a new riding lawnmower at Lowe’s in Gainesville, Virginia.