Where Do Your Donations Go ?
The Virginia Veterans and Family Support (VVFS)
The VVFS program monitors and coordinates behavioral health and rehabilitative services and support services through an integrated, comprehensive and responsive system of public and private partnerships.
VVFS facilitates these services for Virginia veterans, members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves (not in federal service), and their families with a special emphasis on those affected by stress related conditions or traumatic brain injuries resulting from military service.
Select the Virginia Veterans and Family Support program logo to see all the services provided to Virginia Veterans. I encourage everyone to spend time looking through the events and services provided by this office.
What is Bull Run III ?
The History of Bull Run
The First Battle of Bull Run, (21 July 1861), was the first major battle of the American Civil War (1861-65), fought at a small meandering stream and tributary of the Potomac River named Bull Run near Manassas in northern Virginia. It was a chaotic encounter fought by volunteers short of training and organization and haphazardly equipped.
The Second Battle of Bull Run, (29-30 August 1862), took place between a newly formed Federal force of 70,000 troops under Major General John Pope and a Confederate army of more than 56,000 men under General Robert E. Lee.
Bull Run III, “The other Civil War”, is the new battle is being fought for our service members and their families. This battle deals with the challenges our armed service members face as a result of their service and sacrifice in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. These conflicts have seen military personnel exposed to multiple IEDs blasts. While Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), has been a long-recognized condition, repeated blast exposure can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). And even though penetrating brain injuries are easily identified, a closed TBI is more common and, can go unnoticed. TBI is the most common injury among those wounded and is a significant cause of mortality and morbidity. A TBI can go undetected until the service member returns home and can no longer function as he or she did before deployment. A concern for troops, veterans, and their family members is that substantial long-term effects have been associated with these conditions.
The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of Northern Virginia, Chapter 27-2, are veterans helping veterans. These brave men and women have laid their lives on the line to maintain our freedom and now we believe it is our turn to help them and their families deal with the issues of PTSD and TBI here in Virginia.
All proceeds from the Bull Run III event are donated to the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.
The Program focuses on traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders and operates in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services.
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