The Martial Arts Veterans Project is a private 501(c) 3 charity that is run by a small group of volunteers who work directly with our veterans at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Wood, Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Currently our volunteers include both veterans and civilians who hold Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do.
We have held weekly classes at the medical center's in-patient domicile since our inception on August 14th, 2013. During this time we have taught over 200 of our vets the basics of Tae Kwon Do and Hop Ki Do with an emphasis on self defense. In the short amount of time we have to work with them, we feel that our program has given these vets great confidence, self-esteem and a sense of pride that has often been missing since leaving the armed services.
Our main goal has always been to provide a physical outlet for the veterans undergoing treatment and therapy at the medical center, but we also hope to pass on a love for the martial arts that will help them in the challenges they face once they leave the support of their VA programs.
Our secondary goal is to help them enroll in the martial arts program of their choice to continue the training that they began at the VA medical center.
Our final goal is to expand this program to veterans at VA Medical Centers across our great nation!
Since we began teaching these classes, and long before we became Martial Arts Veterans Project, the cost of the program has been absorbed by a small number of our volunteers. We will continue to provide this program for as long as a single vet wishes to participate, regardless of cost, but to expand MAVP to meet all of our goals, we need your support!
Martial Arts Veterans Project does have a few sponsors who have given generously of their time and money to help us as we grow. We hope to be able to add you to this list soon!
If you would like to support our vets through our program, please send your tax deductible donations to:
Martial Arts Veterans Project P.O. Box 488 Germantown, WI 53022