Western New York Heroes

The mission of WNYHeroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

Founded in 2007 by U.S. Army veteran Chris M. Kreiger and community activist Dionne Kane, WNYHeroes is an IRS 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving the needs of Western New York's veterans and their families.

Through direct experience, WNYHeroes has identified substantial gaps in post-combat care that must be addressed to enable veterans and their families to regain stability and health in their personal and professional lives.

Primary challenges and WNY Heroes' goals to address them:

  1. Disabled veterans wait an average of six months to receive disability benefits and services, causing unnecessary financial, physical and emotional hardship on them and their families.

    Goal: WNYHeroes provides monetary assistance to bridge the gap and help alleviate the impact of financially based post-combat challenges.

  2. Without a strong support system, many veterans are at high risk for emotional, physical and social hardship, often resulting in issues like substance abuse, homelessness, chronic unemployment and familial breakdown.

    Goal: WNYHeroes provides veterans and their families with access to organizations supporting health and housing needs, while also offering family care services through simple-yet-essential gestures such as delivering food, holiday gifts and school supplies to veterans' children.

Future Vision

Since 2007 it is the vision of WNY Heroes to meet the needs of veterans and their families through collaborations with partnering community organizations. Partner organizations will provide direct support or serve as bridge organizations for physical and mental health, financial, legal and workforce development opportunities, and they will either house corporate offices on-site or provide on-site satellite offices.

To learn more about the issues facing U.S. veterans and WNY Heroes, see the Readers Digest article entitled "How Our Government is Failing Our Veterans" online at http://wnyheroes.org

To support WNYH and receive a commemorative coin, please visit: http://wnyheroes.org/veterans-events/Red--White-&-Blue-Gala/1/

Chris Kreiger from WNY Heroes

Join Buffalo City Life as we talk with Chris Kreiger over at WNY Heroes, along with a few veterans who have benefited from their services . WNY Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference for our Veterans/ Families and Troops. They offer financial assistance for Veterans in need along with a number of other services for veterans and their families in Western New York. (Published on Apr 24, 2015)