American Military Family (Brighton, CO)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Debbie Quackenbush
  • Title:Founder

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Military Family
  • Address:4433 Mt. Harvard Street
    P. O. Box 1101
    Brighton, CO 80601
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303 746-8195
  • Main fax:303 637-7252

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:P. O. Box 1101
    Brighton, CO 80601
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:(303) 507-6966

User Web and Email

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  • User Email:dq@amf100.org

Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • AMF provides emergency financial aid, therapeutic mental health relief, reintegration assistance & peer support to our troops & their families, while working collaboratively with other nonprofit organizations & volunteers who together strive to assist those serving in their time of need.

  • Overview:
  • My name is Debbie Quackenbush and I am the Founder of American Military Family (AMF).

    In 1968, I was a sophmore in high school. The Vietnam war was in full swing. My brother and all of his friends were drafted and sent to Vietnam. The 60's were a very turbulent time in this country. We were divided over Vietnam. Protests against the war were a daily occurence. Tensions mounted and anger for our troops grew daily. I would try to solicit support from my friends, asking for their help with collecting and sending care packages to our troops serving in harms way. I was met with resistance and anger and I took it very personally. As the war continued, the anger for our troops grew to hatred. When my brother returned from Vietnam, he was greeted with chants of "Baby Killer" and spit on his face. He couldn't wait to burn his uniform. He wanted his hair to grow quickly so he could not be identified as a member of the military.What a tragedy! My brother returned home from Vietnam on a Thursday and decided to begin college on the following Monday. A big mistake. Our college campuses were overflowing with anger, resentment and rage for our troops. I remember standing outside of one of my brothers classes, waiting for a ride home with him. I heard the hatred from the teacher and students as I stood outside of that classroom and cried until he came out. I will NEVER forget that moment. I don't know why my brother remained in that classroom.

    In January 2005 I decided to start a nonprofit that would Honor our Troops and their Families - Never again should we ever have another Vietnam. It is imperative that we stand behind our troops and their famiies - So I thought I would try to make a difference by taking one very small step. I thought I could raise a little bit of money and a raise a little bit of awareness about the sacrifice paid by those who serve our great nation. I thought it was essential that our troops know that we Honor and Respect their service and to my dying day, I will continue to spread that message.

    Once forming AMF, our first objective was to learn as much as we could about the Colorado military. We met with veterans organizations. Attended their meetings and social events. We worked with the Colorado State Legislature in direct support of Senate Bill 080 to convince them for the need for a "Colorado Supports the Troops" license plate. This plate was our passion: If we could get a license plate that hosted a big "Thank You" ribbon - It would send a message to our miitary and their famiies, that the driver of that particular vehicle put his money where his mouth was and in a tangible way, was SHOWING his support for his troops and their families! It took two (2) years to pass this piece of legislation and I personally testified before every committee in the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado State Senate about the importance of this plate. The first plate was released on July 1, 2007.

    As our funds grew, so did our programs. We began by sending a small "Thank You" to our troops and their families - We sent gift cards to the Navy Seabees serving in Gulfport Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. We provided emergency financial assistance to those in need. We expanded and supported an AMF Gold Star Family (fallen families) program, where we continue to provide emotional and financial assistance to those families who have paid the greatest sacrifice. Our involvement with the Ft. Carson (Army) Wounded Transition Unit grew dramatically in 2008-2010, as our returning soldiers were in need of physical, mental, emotional as well as financial support.

    Today, we have redirected our support to the most pressing needs of our Troops and their Families: Combat Veteran Assistance, both financial and emotional intervention. Less than 1% of our country serves in the military and as a result, we are sending our troops on 5, 6, 7 and even 8 deployments in harms way. They are returning with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI's), Trauma from war, Depression and the highest incidence of suicide ever reported - We loose 18 troops a day to suicide. AMF is meeting the need by providing licensed, therapeutic, combat veteran mental health intervention; job reintegration counsel and emergency financial assistance, as they struggle with the VA to establish their disability pay (a process that is backlogged by 1 year).

  • History:
  • For the past 8+ years, American Military Family (AMF) has been serving the needs of all our troops & their families, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, marital status or disability through a host of avenues.

    Since July 2007 & each year to date, the Colorado Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs Board of Directors, along with the Adjutant General of the State of Colorado & AMF sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), authorizing American Military Family to be the exclusive representative/facilitator of this Colorado state owned program. By state statute, 93% of every dollar raised in this program is returned directly to our troops and their families. To date, AMF has returned over $165,000 to our troops & their families.

    AMF distributes emergency funds to our Troops & their Families for (1) Mortgage assistance, to avoid foreclosure; (2) Rental Assistance, to avoid eviction; (3) Utilities Assistance, to avoid shutoff of gas, electricity and water; (4) Temporary Housing for Homeless Veterans, to enable veterans to seek emergency shelter; (5) Food Assistance, to assist until next paychecks arrive; (6) Toiletries/Essentials to assist the veterans seeking employment; (7) Emergency Vehicle Repair Assistance, to preserve transportation vehicles so veterans can pursue employment; (8) Gasoline, to assist with job interviews and (9) Emergency air fare transportation, to enable veterans to attend funerals of an immediate family members. AMF meets with other military nonprofits to seek “matching funds” in an effort to make our dollars go further. As a direct result of this assistance, AMF has reduced the financial stress from these veterans and their families as well as assisted with saving their homes and vehicles. In some cases, emergency assistance was provided in the middle of winter, thereby providing heat, water and food for our veterans and their families in their time of desperate need.

    In 2006, American Military Family (AMF), working in direct conjunction with The Pentagon/Homes For Our Troops & Pulte Homes, awarded the first home to be built in Colorado for veteran Quadriplegic Staff Sargent Matthew Keil, U.S. Army.

    In 2007, AMF worked with subcontractors (painters, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, tile/carpet layers) & purchased & completed a fully remodeled, handicap accessible trailer home for veteran amputee, Sargent Brandon Burke, U.S. Army.

    In 2008, AMF remodeled & delivered a handicap accessible porch & bathroom to USMC amputee veteran, Christopher Hahn. To date, AMF has provided funds for three additional veterans to assist with home modifications to provide handicap accessibility. The quality of life of each of these veterans and their families has been dramatically improved as a result of the assistance from AMF.

    On November 8, 2012, AMF is teaming up with The Home Depot Foundation & together, we will be installing a full backyard makeover, complete with built in Bar-B-Que, playground facility, fencing & landscaping for double amputee, Army Sgt Tim Johannsen of Elisabeth, Colorado. Over 50 volunteers will provide this $20,000.00 makeup for this great Warrior.

    From 2007-2010, AMF hosted an annual "Hoedown for Heroes" event. Each year we invited over 650 troops and their families to a free night of Honor, Recognition and Respect to those serving our great nation. They were fed, entertained and recognized for their service. Each year we hosted live feeds to Iraq and Afghanistan and surprised families with a wide screen reunion with their loved ones serving in harms way. Following the reunion, each family member was given private time in a back room to visit with their loved ones. This annual "Thank You" from a grateful nation to those who serve and sacrifice for all of us was Very well received by our troops and their families.

    From 2006-2011, AMF has hosted and facilitated over 35 memorials in Honor of our Fallen Heroes. AMF provides the air fare, car rental and hotel accommodations, In addition, AMF provides private family receptions following the military memorials as well as guest books & wreaths for the alter. We have also provided flags, medals and ribbons of their fallen heroes to immediate family members. We have personally escorted and hosted over 40 Gold Star Families (Fallen Families) to luncheons, grief counsel seminars and monthly support groups, in an effort to provide on going emotional support.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:1

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:20-2123864

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:202123864
  • Organization Name:AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% DEBBIE QUACKENBUSH
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 238
  • Organization City:FIRESTONE
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80520-0238
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 2005
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:W30
  • Asset Amount:$54,267
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$254,801
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$213,374
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:26:14 pm

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