Providing a free week of vacation lodgings to Purple Heart Medal recipients from the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns.
Since 2007, Vacations For Veterans has sent over 500 veterans and their families on free vacations. Help us continue this mission by donating funds to Sponsor a Veteran on a vacation.
"When we found out we could take a vacation with our kids through Vacations for Veterans we were thrilled! Not only did we have a wonderful time at the beach, we were connected with a generous donor who was a pleasure to talk and coordinate with. Injuries like Ryan's will never go away- it's such a good feeling to know there are people out there who still remember and appreciate his service and sacrifice."
The Kules family
Vacations for Veterans In The News
Vacations For Veterans seeks to provide Purple Heart Medal recipients from the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns with a week of free lodgings donated by vacation homeowners.
Though it would be our honor to help all veterans, due to the small size of our organization, Vacations For Veterans has a very limited mission to help only Purple Heart Medal recipients from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. If you are a veteran who has recently received the Purple Heart Medal, and wish to apply for our program, please fill out this form.
Each wounded veteran faces new challenges: readjusting, rebuilding their lives, and reconnecting with their families. For many of our wounded veterans, time away to rejuvenate is a luxury that is often unattainable and unaffordable.
When you make a donation of time at your vacation home, or a donation of money to sponsor a veteran, you give our wounded veterans a brief respite when they need it most. You make entire families feel better through your generosity.
Providing wounded veterans with a week of relaxation is a wonderful opportunity for both veterans and donors alike. It is a chance for many of us to show our appreciation for our veteran’s honorable service to our country.
To help us help veterans, please donate time at your vacation home,donate
your timeshare weeks or donate money today. For more information, please Contact Us.
Vacations For Veterans™ is a civilian organization, with 501(c)(3) non-profit status. We are not a government agency and rely solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations, and foundations who support our wounded veterans and honor their service to our country.
All monetary contributions to Vacations For Veterans are tax deductible.
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Christopher is a native of Washington D.C., and was born in 1964. He was educated at Blessed Sacrament, Gonzaga College High School, and received his B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans.
He attended Marine Boot Camp at Parris Island in the summer of 1982, and Marine Officer Candidate School in 1988, where he received the Leadership Award. Following training at The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course, he led an infantry platoon in 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines during Operation Desert Storm.
Founder and CEO
Peggy was educated at St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Hempstead High School, received her BA from The University of Pennsylvania, and her JD from The University of San Diego School of Law.
After completing college, she attended Marine Officer Candidate School in the summer of 1989, completed training at The Basic School, and was assigned to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton as the legal officer from 1990-1993.
Director of Communications
Marie was born in NYC and went to Mother Cabrini HS. She received her nursing degree from Miseracordia Nursing School, her BA from Molloy College, her MA from Adelphi College, and is a former teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hempstead, New York. She has been volunteering her time at VacationsForVeterans.org since 2009.
Director of Fundraising
Hadley was born in Chicago, Illinois. Hadley was raised in the small resort town of Harbor Springs, Michigan and currently lives in Lorton, VA. She attended Michigan State University, studying health education and exercise science. For the first 10 years of her career, Hadley worked as a corporate travel manager. After staying at home to raise her children, she re-entered the work force as a grant writer, planning grant manager, and fundraiser, working with the charter and public school systems. She had the opportunity to oversee the opening of a Montessori charter school, where she took it from idea phase to completion of a successful charter school that is still going strong today.
After moving to Virginia in the fall of 2011, Hadley was hired as the Director of Fundraising for Vacations For Veterans, and is happy to be able to combine her expertise in the travel field with her fundraising experience to help the charity continue to grow.
Board of Directors
Member, Board of Directors
Born at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, Kurt Yerger was raised and currently resides in Delaware County, PA. He is a Drexel University B.S. Graduate (LeBow COB, ’92, Marketing). As a guest speaker, adjunct professor and board member of Drexel University Career Services Advisory Board, Kurt continues to maintain an active role within his alma mater.
He also maintains his PHR certification as a Human Resources professional. He has been active in supporting Vacations For Veterans since its inception, and is proud to be serving now as a board member for the charity.
William Jude McKenna
Member, Board of Directors
Born in Bethesda, MD, Jude McKenna graduated Gonzaga College High School in 1982, and then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering in 1999. Currently, he is a Senior Project Manager at A. Morton Thomas in Rockville, MD, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in MD, VA and DC.
Jude’s father, Gerald S. McKenna, served in the Army in WW II, and his maternal grandfather, Col. William Pardoe Martin had a career in the Army/Air Force. Jude has been a supporter of Vacations For Veterans since its start in 2007, and is honored to serve as a board member.
Member, Board of Directors
Toby was raised in Winchester, Virginia, and attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended the University of Richmond and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. He later attended Ohio Northern University where he earned his Juris Doctorate. Currently Toby is the Senior Director of State and Local Affairs at The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and is honored to help serve as a board member.
Member, Board of Directors
Theodore Gildred served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently CEO of The Lomas Sante Fe Group, a co-founding partner of BV Resorts, and has previously worked for Morgan Stanley as a member of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund. Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia University. He holds both US and Mexican Citizenship, and is fluent in Spanish. Ted also serves on the Board of Directors at both the Institute of Americas and the San Diego Aerospace Museum. He has been a generous supporter of Vacations For Veterans, and now is proud to serve as a board member.
"My husband Adam and I had the most wonderful week in St. Thomas in October to celebrate our belated honeymoon. It was a badly needed break from the uncertainties and dangers of Adam's job. Many thanks to all of you at Vacations For Veterans and to the families who donate their properties—it means the world to us!"
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Veteran Sign Up
Due to the large number of veterans waiting for vacations, we can now only offer one vacation per veteran. Please do not sign up if you have already had a vacation through VFV.
If you are interested in being informed about timeshare resort weeks available to all veterans — even those who have had a vacation through VFV before — you can follow our timeshare offers posted on our twitter, here.
Vacations for Veterans provides only the free lodging from our generous donors. Veterans must be able to pay for the travel costs and incidental expenses to get to the vacation home or resort.
"We were so blessed to have been able to use the beautiful homes of kind and generous fellow Americans. It is so encouraging and humbling to know that there are so many people out there who would share their special homes with wounded Veterans. God bless each and every one of you!"
The Bagge family
Donate Your Property
Donate Your Timeshare
Timeshare Week Donors:
Thank you for donating your timeshare week for use by one of our wounded veterans. Please fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as a veteran in interested in your week. We regret that we cannot guarantee your timeshare will be used by one of our veterans, so please donate your week only if you are unable to offer it to another family member or friend.
(Please note that we are not in the position to accept ownership or title deeds to timeshare weeks at this time.)
"This trip gave our family some of the most wonderful memories that year! Thank you to all those who work for Vacations for Veterans, and thank you so much to the owners like Mary that make this a possibility for families just like mine."
To contact our Director of Fundraising, Hadley Vukasovich about donations, please direct your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org