In our region of the USA, service members who have been seriously wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan struggle to rehabilitate from their injuries and resume a normal, fulfilling, civilian life. Many of their injuries are traumatic amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries, shrapnel wounds that will retire them from military service.
Support Our War Heroes is founded on the belief that there are many heroes in our lives and all service members in the United States military are heroes. The purpose of the foundation is to assist service members who sustain life altering injuries and to continue to support them into the future, as necessary.
The foundation aims to accomplish this through the following programs:
The foundation hosts "In the Company of Heroes" an annual fundraising event, which honors the sacrifice and courage of our men and women in uniform. The stories of some of these brave warriors are contained in this website. Those who have shared their stories, have helped this foundation grow and prosper and thereby, helped Support Our War Heroes assist their brother warriors.
The foundation will advocate on behalf of the wounded sevice member to ensure that all benefits due are received and that proper and long term medical care is provided.
Short Term Assistance
The foundation offers assistance with any immediate needs within the service member's family, whether financial, psychological or physical, which arise from the rehabilitation or medical care the soldier is receiving. This includes programs to support families visiting their loved ones in military hospitals. It also includes private counseling for spouses and family members.
Planning for the Future
The foundation offers assistance to the service member and his family with the planning and reconstruction of his life after the rehabilitation concludes. This includes private sector employment searches, business planning and financial planning.
College funding may be available to the children of deceased or living, disabled veterans from the War on Terror. Special criteria are established for this award.
Support Our War Heroes is a 501(c )(3) non-profit, non-partisan foundation in support of our men and women in uniform from all branches of the military. It is established in the private sector and is not affiliated with the United States military. All donations are tax deductible.
Support Our War Heroes is funded by the private sector through donations and fund raisers. All services are provided to soldier's families at no cost to them.
Founders and Officers
Support Our War Heroes was founded by Suzy McDaniel and Toni Hernandez, and was inspired by the courageous recovery of Corporal Carl Sampson, a soldier in the Army National Guard.
Suzy McDaniel is a graduate Newcomb College of Tulane University with a BA in Communications, the owner of Ancestry Heirloom Mahogany LLC, the founder of the Quality of Life Foundation, the wife of a local doctor and the mother of three children. Suzy is the President and Founder of the foundation.
Silvia G. Muller received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Law School and has a Nursing degree from Louisiana State University. She is an owner and the Manager of Lakeshore Title, LLC. She is a member of the St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce, the St. Tammany Home Builder’s Association and is a board member on the St. Tammany Parish Library Board. Silvia is married to an attorney/banker, has two sons, a stepson and stepdaughter and she resides in Covington, LA.
Karen Saltalamacchia is a graduate of Louisiana State University and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985. She manages the firm of Saltalamacchia Consulting LLC. Karen has over twenty years of experience in the fields of taxation, business reorganizations and business management. She is the past recipient of the Governor's choice for the Women of Achievement Award and the Notable Woman of America Award. She is married, has three children and resides on a horse farm in Slidell, LA.
Adrianne Baumgartner is the Vice President of the foundation.
Matt Cole serves as the Ambassador for the foundation.