A local wounded warriors and first responders support group has received federal and state recognition in the form of 501-c (3) non-profit tax status, the organization's chairman has announced.
"This is a milestone for any non-profit group of volunteers to achieve" said Kurt Webber, the chairman of the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute. "It enables us to accept tax deductible donations in the furtherance of providing recreational and life skills experiences for veterans referred to us by the VA as well as other social agencies catering to veterans' needs," he added.
Webber made the point that the PRLI's mission also includes first responders who have suffered physical and emotional stress in the performance of their life-
saving duties. The PRLI, which was only formed in the past year, consists 100 percent of volunteers, all veterans themselves or veteran/first responder supporters.
The PRLI has co-sponsored a disabled veteran ski visit to Gunstock and recently conducted a multi-day visit for training and recreation for 17 veterans referred by the Boston VA Center. This second event, named Camp Resilience, was a major success with intense community financial support. Plans are under way to conduct another multi-day event for a new group of veterans this fall.
The PRLI website, www.prli.us., has additional information. Webber encourages any individual or group interested in helping to fund the next veterans visit event to visit the website or mail a check payable to the PRLI, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246.
"A Vet is a Vet no matter where he or she was born or currently resides," said Webber. "We're especially reaching out, with our new non-profit status, to any veteran who may be visiting our beautiful Lakes Region this summer, for their financial support of our brothers and sisters who have served in harm's way as they did," he said.
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