LAKE NORMAN BEERFEST CHARITIES
The United Service Organizations of North Carolina (USO-NC), founded in 1941, is the lead organization charged with supporting military servicemen and women in the state of North Carolina. Eleven percent of U.S. military active duty forces call North Carolina home. With seven major military installations, North Carolina has the fourth largest demographic of active and reserve duty components in the country.
USO-NC is an independent 501C-3 organization chartered by national USO as a self-sustaining separate operating entity. USO-NC is wholly reliant on funding from private grants, donations, corporate gifts and sponsorships, and fundraisers. It receives no direct funding from the national USO or from the government.
With five centers statewide, USO-NC serves an average of 650,000 troops over the course of a year. Three travel-based centers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh Durham International Airport along with the Fayetteville Airport host an average of 13,075 visitors per month. In the past year, we have performed over 150 dignified returns and aided nearly 1500 family members of the Fallen by Honors support team. Two installation-based centers at Fort Bragg and Jacksonville (the oldest operating USO in the world) serve an average of 50,000 troops and their families, providing assistance with Rack Packs, care packages, deployments and homecomings. The USO-NC Mobile Unit travels statewide to support troops and their families in remote locations and at deployments and homecomings, with the secondary mission of disaster relief.
The American Patriot Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to ending the tragic suicide epidemic facing our nations heroes. The American Patriot Fund provides the funding for innovative treatments and therapies like hyperbaric oxygen therapy for veterans suffering from the physical and mental wounds sustained in serving our country. Additionally, the American Patriot Fund provides the funding necessary to conduct research and clinical trials to continue finding new pathways to healing.
With the support of communities around the country, corporate sponsorship, and our growing network of medical facilities, we will discover, promote, and fund treatment options to give our nation’s veterans a new outlook on life and recovery.
Our goal is to use “Camp Battle Dawgs”, our Alaska-based lodge, and our outpost camps to help our nation’s warriors reintegrate back into everyday life. Currently, 20% of our veterans suffer from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Thats’s about 600,000 combat veterans in need of our help. As you can see, that is a huge number. Please help us, help them, take the first step!