White Hot Havana Night 2019

White Hot Havana Night 2019 ANNUAL WHITE ATTIRE BENEFIT ON THE LAWN 12435 Canolder St, Raleigh, NC 27614 September 7, 2019:  7pm – 10pm Tickets $50 per person Complete this order on a computer – most mobile devices are not compatible)   Be a sponsor! Tickets You must have JavaScript activated to purchase tickets. Please enable Read More

Bags-n-BBQ 2019

BAGS-n-BBQ 9th Annual Cornhole Tournament  May 11, 2019 12-5pm Wakefield Plantation Country Club 3350 Canes Way Raleigh NC 27614 SUCCESS!!! We had a great time with over 150 in attendance.  We ate over 40lbs in BBQ. Saw 20= kids get their faces painted. 42 people entered the tournament AND…  We raised over $5000 for The Read More



North Carolina loses 5 veterans per week to suicide.  The Joel Fund’s #Take5Save5 campaign is aimed at creating awareness to reduce that rate. Taking 5 minutes out of your day can save a veteran’s life.  Send a text, make a phone call, invite someone to coffee.  Do your part – join us on this important mission.


Learn the basics about PTSD

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

source credit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp


Reach out

Knowing how to best demonstrate your love and support for someone with PTSD isn’t always easy. You can’t force your loved one to get better, but you can play a major role in the healing process by simply spending time together.

Don’t pressure your loved one into talking. It can be very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their traumatic experiences. For some, it can even make things worse. Instead, let them know you’re willing to listen when they want to talk, or just hang out when they don’t. Comfort for someone with PTSD comes from feeling engaged and accepted by you, not necessarily from talking.

Do “normal” things with your loved one, things that have nothing to do with PTSD or the traumatic experience. Encourage your loved one to participate in rhythmic exercise, seek out friends, and pursue hobbies that bring pleasure. Take a fitness class together, go dancing, or set a regular lunch date with friends and family.

Let your loved one take the lead, rather than telling him or her what to do. Everyone with PTSD is different but most people instinctively know what makes them feel calm and safe. Take cues from your loved one as to how you can best provide support and companionship.

Manage your own stress. The more calm, relaxed, and focused you are, the better you’ll be able to help your loved one.

Be patient. Recovery is a process that takes time and often involves setbacks. The important thing is to stay positive and maintain support for your loved one.

source credit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp


Spread the word

The hashtag has been created to help generate awareness and mobilization.  Tell the world #TAKE5SAVE5.  Share this hashtag and show the veterans of the world that we care.  Starting is simple.  Right here in your own backyard, your home town, your home state… reach out to a Veteran and give thanks!



North Carolina Veterans Coffees

You’ve got questions!  We’ve got answers!

Join us at our quarterly NC Veterans Coffee event.  The Veterans Health Administration team will be on hand to answer your questions. Be sure to attend this informational gathering to learn about many organizations working on your behalf – Department of Veterans Affairs, NC Serves, and others.



Saturday, September 21, 2019

Trailblazer Studios
1610 Midtown Place
Raleigh, NC 27609

Donation Boxes for the VA

Donation Boxes for the Durham VA Hospital Laundry detergent (HE) Dryer sheets Men’s size 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5 tennis shoes (prefer VELCRO closure) Postage stamps or envelopes with stamps on them 8oz. and 12oz. styrofoam cups for the Hospice unit Towel sets, shower curtains and rods, bathmats Word search puzzle books Decks of cards Magazines Read More

Bowling Tournament on Veteran’s Day

Veterans Day Bowling Tournament  Benefiting The Joel Fund Brooks Street Bowl 413 S. Brooks Street • Wake Forest $100 for Teams of 4 (Includes 2 rounds of bowling plus shoe rental) Veterans Day • Friday, November 11th 6:00PM-9:00PM Click here to purchase tickets. Or mail check made payable to The Joel Fund P.O. Box 98837 Raleigh, NC 27624

Sunset Ceremony

Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony Come out to Centennial Plaza in front of Wake Forest Town Hall to honor our veterans in this Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony. The Colors will be posted by the Wake Forest High School Army JROTC Color Guard, a guest speaker will talk about flag etiquette, and participants of the “Why Veterans Read More