When we first met with the Defiance County Veterans Office to discuss the idea of a charity specifically for Defiance County veterans, we heard their stories of how many veterans are doing fine financially and then something unexpected happens; an illness or needed repair and they aren’t able to make ends meet. The veterans office can provide some aid, but dental expenses, car repairs, and travel to non-VA medical appointments are not provided.
Operation K.A.V.I.C. began providing financial assistance to veterans and their families in Defiance county in 2016.
In 2016, $30,381.80 in aid was provided. The most common need categories were Rent/Mortgage (28%), Medical Bills (19%), Utilities (12%), and Car Repairs (12%).
In 2017 we saw a dramatic increase in the need for assistance with funeral repairs. In total $44,234.64 was given to local veterans and their families to provide assistance with: Rent/Mortgage(23%), Medical Bills (17%), Funeral Expenses (11%), and Utilities (9%).
We saw the need shift a little bit in 2018 while providing $47,601.25 in financial assistance. The top category for assistance was Utilities (20%), next were Medical Bills (15%), then Food (14%), and then Rent/Mortgage (13%).
In three years $122,217.70 has been used in a wide variety of expenses. The most frequent categories for assistance are:
- 21% of of the funds spent were used to help pay rent or a mortgage
- 17% went to medical bills, which includes helping to pay for prescriptions
- 14% was used to keep utilities currents
- 9% provided veterans and their families with assistance with food
- 9% helped pay a portion of car repair bills so our veterans have safe and reliable vehicles
Other categories of assistance include: car insurance, dental expenses, funeral expenses, gas/fuel for cars, home repairs, medical equipment, and taxes.
The fund continues to gain momentum as more veterans become aware of the additional resource that can provide aid during a financial hardship.
“This unique charity fund is very rare for the State of Ohio, because so many donations to veterans’ charities are not able to be used locally. All the monies donated to this fund provide for families right in our own backyards.” – Tanya Brunner
Hear Veterans Stories
Watch the video to the right to hear from those who’ve been received assistance from Operation K.A.V.I.C. and how it has positively affected their lives.
From car repairs, to living expenses, to help purchasing and training a therapy dog, Operation K.A.V.I.C. is assisting our local veterans every day.
When a veteran goes to Veterans Services for assistance, their veterans benefits are used first. If they have a need that can not be supported by those benefits, they use the Operation K.A.V.I.C. funds to assist.
Hear one surviving spouse’s story about the help she received, “I’m very grateful, that was my lifeline. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I’m 80 years old, I can’t go out and get a job.”
If you are a veteran in need of assistance, please call the Defiance County Veterans Office, 419.782.6861.
operation k.a.v.i.c. fundraising
Since our first fundraiser in 2015, Keller Logistics Group has raised more than $196,000 to assist veterans and their families in Defiance County from enduring financial hardship. Our primary fundraiser is the annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner where we ask business partners, local businesses, and community members in Defiance County to sponsor the dinner. In 2018, we incorporated two additional fundraisers:
- Buffalo Wild Wings Eat Wings Raise Funds was on July 25th and raised $265
- 1st Annual Operation K.A.V.I.C. Golf Outing on August 4th raised $2,445!
100% of funds raised go to the Operation K.A.V.I.C. fund for our local active duty, veterans, reservists, and national guard members. For more information on donating to Operation K.A.V.I.C., visit our Donate to Operation K.A.V.I.C. page.
In our first year of fundraising, we raised $37,235 for veterans and their families.
In 2016, we saw support for Operation K.A.V.I.C. grow and raised $42,160.
1matters.org founder Ken Leslie spoke in 2017 and we raised $50,898.67.
In 2018 and raised $66,165 and had a special tribute to World War II veterans.
4 Year operation k.a.v.i.c. Sponsors
Thank you to the Operation K.A.V.I.C. sponsors who have been generouly donating to veterans in crisis since we hosted the first veterans appreciation dinner in 2015!
Double A Trailer
First Federal Bank
Service Master by McCann
Shoppas Material Handling
Love’s Travel Stops
B&A Miller & Sons Trucking
ELKS 147 Charities, Inc.
Hudsonville Trailer Company
Mark Moats Ford
Clemens, Kohrn, Liming & Warncke, LTD
Shultz Huber & Associates