KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 28, 2013) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Foundation is pleased to announce that for the seventh consecutive year,
Burger King® Franchisees across the country will host a fundraiser to
benefit the VFW Unmet Needs program during the month of November.
Patrons of participating BURGER KING® Restaurants are encouraged to
donate $1 or more to the Unmet Needs program with the purchase of their
meal. Through its annual fundraiser, Burger King® Franchises have
contributed more than $2 million to the program to date.
The Unmet Needs program assists service members and military families
during times of financial hardship by providing emergency financial
grants to help with basic necessities like rent, mortgage and utility
payments, medical expenses and groceries. It recently expanded its reach
by making funds available to the families of fallen service members to
supplement the death gratuity payment that temporarily ceased as a
result of the government shutdown. Since 2004, the program has provided
approximately $4.7 million in aid to America’s service members.
“BURGER KING® Franchisees know this is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to
the men and women in our military. The money contributed by our loyal
customers helps so many military families make ends meet during these
tough financial times. BURGER KING® Franchisees have pledged to be there
for our military families until all needs are met,” said Mike DeRosa, a
franchise owner, and spokesperson for the group.
“Participating BURGER KING® Franchise owners and their customers are
incredible, patriotic Americans who truly understand the urgent
financial challenges that military service personnel and their families
often experience. Through their commitment to this campaign, the morale
of thousands of U.S. troops has been greatly boosted,” said VFW
Foundation Manager Richard Freiburghouse. “Our brave heroes know they
will never be forgotten in their time of financial need and that
Americans truly care about their well-being.”
A list of participating BURGER KING® Restaurants can be accessed
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit
veterans’ service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible
military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.
Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the
nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major
veterans’ organization. With nearly 2 million VFW and Auxiliary members
located in more than 7,000 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR
VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’
service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service
programs worldwide. For more information or to join, visit our website