Our Heroes’ Stories, in Their Own Words
Every letter we receive from one of our veterans is something we treasure—it shows us how our therapeutic craft kits make an impact. Even more importantly, it shows us how our work helps our veterans feel remembered, cared for and honored.
We love sharing our favorite letters with you so you can also enjoy these extraordinary stories and heartfelt words. If you or your loved one has benefitted from a Help Heal Veterans craft kit and you’d like to tell us about it, we’ve put a contact form right here on this page. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Letters From Vets
Craft kits helped me overcome substance abuse.
I got this kit in November 2017, while in RSAT (Resident Substance Abuse Treatment) at the Boise, Idaho VA Center. I was pretty much a mess prior to this; a totally worthless drunk for the last 3 years. The RSAT helped me ‘pull my head out,’ and I was finally able to see a bright future ahead.
Kits bring veteran healing, and a renewed sense of self-worth.
HHV (Craft Kits) provided me with a reason to wake up and face the challenge of completing a paint-by-numbers picture, or a suncatcher you want to give your wife. Oftentimes, building the model kits inspires a competitive spirit among the (veterans) to see who can do a better job.
“I Didn’t Know I Had it in Me”
In 2010 I thought my life was over. I knew my marriage was over. Just like the past forty years or so of my life, I was looking for something but didn’t know what it was.
Kits help more than medication.
Thank you for the kit. Doing constructive things like these kits is more therapeutic for my PTSD than any medication I take
Veteran receives physical and spiritual healing from craft kits.
I received my new kit today and, as always, it is such a wonderful thing to know people still care about us. Every time I get a kit I send the postcard back thanking the people who are supporting the program.
I want to thank the donors for the crafts I have received at the Patriot Place. The crafts have helped me greatly with my PTSD and depression.
Kits help veteran improve mental health.
I followed the requirements to get started in the (Patient Home Rehabilitation) program, was accepted, and now the crafts come in the mail to my apartment. This is awesome!
Kits Help Veteran Stay Active and Upbeat
The happiness Jim has when he gives his craft to someone he loves or someone who has shown him kindness in the hospital, is just one of the many ways I see the kits helping.
Made for Vets, By Vets
We are a group of vets that makes moccasins for Vietnam era and WWII veterans in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the Bay Pines VA. We make them as a group during coffee and a meeting and then we bring them to the patients at the CLC.
Veteran with impaired sight uses kits to help others.
Thank you all so much for the great kits you send me. As someone who is going blind, I can still accomplish them and very much enjoy the time doing so.
Did a craft kit make an impact on you or a veteran you care about? Submit your story to our team below and you could be featured on our site.
Become a Veteran’s Pen Pal
Pick Up a Pen and Change a Veteran’s Life
Many of our donors go on to become pen pals with our veterans and form lifelong friendships. Contact us for a list of veterans interested in receiving mail, and send a postcard, letter or card. The life that changes might very well be yours.