Honoring America's Warriors Inc
1301 Cornell Pkwy Ste. 700
Oklahoma City OK 73108-1822
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
Honoring Americas Warriors provides teams of disabled/retired veterans a new mission to be back in-service dress uniform to provide/augment military funeral honors for honorably discharged veterans that have served this country.
 
Honoring Americas Warriors also provides direct support to our nation’s heroes in the areas of outdoor sporting activities, adaptive sports, mental health & spiritual wellness, family & couples gatherings, service dog placement and training, employment, prevention of veteran suicide, and “Homes for Warriors”, a partnership with Team Rubicon and Home Depot Foundation.
 
Honoring Americas Warriors works with community leaders, elected officials and legislators, and other non-profit organizations to enhance veteran's awareness and promote veteran's initiatives. 
K9 Director LTC Leigh Ramos (Ret.)
Contact Information
Contact Name Scott Deatherage
Contact email scottydee@honoringamericaswarriors.org
Address 1301 Cornell Pkwy Ste. 700
Oklahoma City, OK 73108 1822
Phone (405) 948-4376
Fax 405-948-4376
County Oklahoma
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
For donations by check:  Honoring America's Warriors 1301 Cornell Parkway Ste. 700 OKC, OK 73108
To donate by phone, or make in-kind donations: 405-948-4376 
To become a sponsor or volunteer, email: info@honoringamericaswarriors.org  
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $364,300.00
Projected Expenses $338,583.00
History and Background
Supported Organization Honoring America's Warriors
Year Founded 2014
IRS Ruling Year 2014
State Registration Expiration Sept 2020
Statements
Mission
Honoring Americas Warriors provides teams of disabled/retired veterans a new mission to be back in-service dress uniform to provide/augment military funeral honors for honorably discharged veterans that have served this country.
 
Honoring Americas Warriors also provides direct support to our nation’s heroes in the areas of outdoor sporting activities, adaptive sports, mental health & spiritual wellness, family & couples gatherings, service dog placement and training, employment, prevention of veteran suicide, and “Homes for Warriors”, a partnership with Team Rubicon and Home Depot Foundation.
 
Honoring Americas Warriors works with community leaders, elected officials and legislators, and other non-profit organizations to enhance veteran's awareness and promote veteran's initiatives. 
Background Honoring America's Warriors was founded in 2014 out of a need to provide multiple and specific programs for veterans, active duty, guard and reserve.  Though we provide multiple programs, our funeral honor guard and K9 programs are the staple of our organization.  
Impact
Service Dog Program:  Veterans and/or Service members with Post Traumatic Stress will notice improvements in PTSD symptoms and quality of life attributed to a service dog.  Veterans and/or Service Members with disabilities have greater ability to function in high traffic public environments with a service dog.
Board Chair Statement
Since inception I have had the pleasure of serving on the board of directors and now as president of the board of directors for Honoring America's Warriors.  This is the most unique veterans organization that provides meaningful programs with high impact, and minimal administrative costs.
 
Rita Aragon Maj. Gen. USAF retired. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Honoring America's Warriors serves veterans of all eras, active duty, guard and reserve.  We serve the entire State of Oklahoma.       
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Medical Research/
Tertiary Organizational Category Housing, Shelter/Home Improvement/Repairs
Programs
Description

Honoring America's Warriors Honor Guard is a team of disabled veterans who want a new mission to be back in-service dress uniform and pay it forward. We render/augment military funeral honors for veterans of all eras when the family deems the legislated two-man flag fold is not adequate. We provide a rifle team, a flag fold team, and a bugler. We also present colors at many large events across the State of Oklahoma. The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, is free of charge, and is mandated by law. An honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag.

Strategy
Population Served US
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
This team of veterans that render honors has been given a new mission to pay it forward once again.
These are veterans who are retired, ranging in age from 26, to 64.  The program has given these veterans a new sense of purpose.  Our honor guard will render over 150 services each year at no cost to the deceased veterans family.  
Description

HAW provides veterans who qualify, service/companion dogs and training program. Since August of 2014 we have placed over 130 dogs with veterans and their families. The program requires participation in our training program that will tailor the training for the exact requirements of the veteran.  This program is funded in part through a federal grant administered by Uniformed Services University.  This program compiles information for medical research through a partnership with the National Institute of Health.  

Service Dogs

A service dog is a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disability. Service dogs can pick things up, guide a person with vision problems, or help someone who falls or loses balance easily. For example, a service dog can help a blind person walk down the street or get dangerous things out of the way when someone is having a seizure.

Protecting someone, giving emotional support, or being a companion do not qualify a dog to be a service animal. To be a service dog, a dog must go through training. Usually the dog is trained to:

Do things that are different from natural dog behavior

Do things that the handler (dog owner) cannot do because of a disability

Learn to work with the new handler in ways that help manage the owner's disability

Because the handler depends on the service dog's help, service dogs are allowed to go to most public places the handler goes. This is the case even if it is somewhere pet dogs usually cannot go, like restaurants or on airplanes. But there are a few exceptions. For example, service dogs can be asked to leave if they are not behaving well.


Strategy
Population Served US People/Families with of People with Disabilities US
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

The effectiveness of the program has been remarkable in the dedication to the training program by the trainers and recipients. We have 9 trainers, 8 of which are veterans who also own service dogs. Veterans helping veterans alleviates any mistrust between veterans and civilians that sometimes occurs in any program. In 2018 we successfully placed 21 dogs with veterans, 12 puppies, 9 adolescents. All but one of the adolescent dogs completed CGC, PA, and Tasking. All 7 puppies have passed CGC and are currently working on public access. The veterans have made new friendships, reconnected with members they served with, and found an organization they feel proud to be a part of.

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

1.       Continued growth in applicants.

2.       Establish relationships with more breeders.

3.       Successfully graduates 17-25 assistance dogs per year.

Since 2014 Honoring America’s Warriors (HAW) has continued to grow our K9 service dog program through multiple partners that provide outreach to disabled veterans who are accepted into the program with a letter of recommendation from their health care provider. We have partnerships with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the National Institute for Health, VA Medical Centers in OKC, Tulsa, and Muskogee that provide a continuous flow of qualified applicants. We have established more relationships with high quality dog breeders that can provide us predictable tempers in the dogs we select to buy to become assistance dogs. The process requires training for and passing Canine Good Citizenship (CGC), training and passing public access (PA), and finally task training. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of applicants, and successfully meet the requirements of their disability with a service animal. We have met or exceeded our 2018 goals for the program.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Lead Government Investigator Commander Danny Benbassat PhD
4301 Jones Bridge Road A1040C
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Veteran A:  Male 36, USA RA, OEF/OIF, PH recipient, 100% disability T&P. 
 
Veteran A struggles with reintegration due to anxiety and depression based on permanent injuries sustained during deployment.  Veteran suffers from vertigo and requires balance assistance.  Veteran applies for program is accepted and placed with a female King Shepard.  After 16 months veteran and dog have passed CGC, Urban Access testing, and completed task training to provide balance, and PTS recognition and abatement.  The veteran is happy, and the dog has a great handler.  After training followup revealed results achieved.     
Description

Honoring America’s Warriors hosts veterans with guided hunting and fishing outings. All the outings are on private leases that have been donated to the organization. The areas are west of I-35 and some are east of I-35 in central Oklahoma. Our goal is to honor our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by providing quality hunting, fishing and all outdoor related activities. We also work to raise public awareness about the therapeutic effects that being in the outdoors has on the mental and physical disabilities of our country’s wounded men and women. We will also provide a platform for veterans to tell their own stories in their own words. The benefits of nature contact as therapy are well documented, including contemplative, recreational, and hands-on habitat restoration activities. Though not yet on the radar screen of policy makers, veterans have initiated nature-based programs focused on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation and restoration activities. Testimony from participants indicates the programs' powerful impacts on vets. Although research projects have focused on reintegrating vets, a recent literature review revealed only a small number of studies of the impact of an outdoor program on veterans. Further, despite the rapid emergence of nature-based programs for vets across the US, little information on how officials view such efforts exists. The REWORRR study, funded by USDA NIFA Federal Formula Funds, explores the importance of human-nature interactions in outdoor recreation and restoration activities among returning war veterans to account for how these interactions relate to individual, community, and social-ecological health and resilience.

Strategy
Population Served US
Description

This program provides reconditioning activities and competitive athletic opportunities to all wounded, ill and injured Service members to improve their physical and mental quality of life throughout the continuum of recovery and transition. It is also designed to enhance recovery by engaging wounded, ill, and injured Service members early in individualized physical and cognitive activities outside of traditional therapy settings. The program hopes to inspire recovery and physical fitness and encourage new opportunities for growth and achievement. The benefits of physical activity for injured Service members include reduced stress, increased quality of life, lower blood pressure, weight management, and enhancement of the rehabilitative process.

Through this program, we support both physical and psychological recovery and rehabilitation from visible and invisible wounds of war including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), and others. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun!

Strategy
Population Served US
Description

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) and Honoring America’s Warriors have partnered to build up to 25 homes for veterans in the Oklahoma City area. The two non-profits will pool resources to provide opportunities for new home ownership for veterans who qualify based on HUD income requirements. Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity wanted to meet the needs of veterans who deal with the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life, and who are on a limited income. The program is called “Homes for Warriors”. This program also includes “CHR” Critical Home Repair for qualifying veterans. Since 2015 we have completed 8 new homes, and have repaired 13 homes owned by veterans.

Strategy
Population Served US
Disaster Programs
Description Honoring America's Warriors has been partnered with Team Rubicon Region 6 since 2014.  We have pooled our human resources to provide disaster relief cleanup and numerous service projects.  We have demolished condemned homes, performed critical home repairs.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Scott Deatherage
Start Date Aug 2014
Email scottydee@honoringamericaswarriors.org
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 128
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
National Institute of Health
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 
University of Central Oklahoma 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2018
Risk Management Provisions
Renter's Insurance
Terrorism
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name USAF MG Rita Aragon (Ret.)
Company Affiliation None
Term Aug 2014 to Aug 2024
Email ritaaragon21@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2020
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Major General Rita AragonVoting
Mr. Waco BlakleyUnited States Veterans AdministrationVoting
Mr. David B. DavisCricket WirelessVoting
Dr. Mark KindersUniversity of Central OklahomaVoting
Mr. Paul RayAmerican Legion Post 353Voting
The Honorable Steve RussellUnited States CongressNonVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $364,300
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $338,583
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Contributions$234,716$235,565$31,345
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$268,026
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--($2,069)($25,538)
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$201,974$243,921$262,059
Administration Expense$16,223----
Fundraising Expense$8,980----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.961.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$9,947$2,408$12,833
Current Assets$9,947$2,408$12,833
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$9,947$2,408$12,833
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $234,716Contributions $235,565Special Events $268,026
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Contributions $31,345
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 100 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
Note:  2017 and 2016 had a prior period adjustments of ($2,069) and ($25,538), respectively.  These amounts are shown as as "Other" revenue. 
 
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Address 1301 Cornell Pkwy Ste. 700
Oklahoma City, OK 73108 1822
Primary Phone 405 948-4376
CEO/Executive Director Scott Deatherage
Board Chair USAF MG Rita Aragon
Board Chair Company Affiliation None