Serving those who serve

Donors passionate about serving those who serve have created avenues for others to join them in bringing aid to those who protect our freedom.

Two unique funds –the SS American Memorial Foundation Fund and the Canada/Kelly Veterans Fund – with New Braunfels Community Foundation were set up specifically to help active duty military and veterans and their families.

SS American Memorial Foundation Fund

The mission of the SS American Memorial Foundation is to bring military and civilian families together by helping to relieve the burdens of family separation and hardships, through direct assistance for basic needs, historical education, and patriotic avenues.

The Lazy U Ranch at 450 Naumann Road in Seguin is home to the SS American Memorial building, the only private living War Memorial in the U.S.

In addition, in 2011, the Russell family decided to dedicate full use of the Lazy U Ranch to the nation’s Wounded Warriors. Participants and their families enjoy kayaking, fishing, swimming, or the quiet solace offered inside the Memorial building.

“Also unique to our location within the military nationwide is that we host more R&R retreat days for the active duty soldier,” explained Craig Russell, who owns and operates the Lazy U Ranch with his wife Nancy, and their daughter, Savanna Rio Russell.

Russell estimated that since 2015, 15,000 soldiers have been able to decompress at Lazy U Ranch.

The ranch provides a rehabilitative healing atmosphere in an outdoor setting. Support of the fund provides comfort in times of adversity and recognition in times of achievement.

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Canada/Kelly Veterans Fund

The Canada/Kelly Veterans Fund offers support and aid to Comal County veterans and their families in need. The Canada/Kelly Veterans Fund was started in honor of Ben H. Dorcy III (Navy – WW2), Ronnie G. Canada (Army – Vietnam), Ernst A. Schubert (USMC – Korea), and Donald H. Offerman (Air Force – WW2 and Korea), and countless other Comal County veterans of America’s conflicts.

The fund was created by Cody and Shannon Canada and Ryan and Cate Kelly with the support of many others in the community.

Due to its proximity to many military bases, New Braunfels and Comal County have become home to more than 10,000 veterans and their families. With the rapid increase in the county’s population, the number of veterans in the community is expected to grow.

The Canadas and Kellys stated in the fund description:

“We take pride that our community is a great place to live and raise a family, so it should follow that we be the leaders in providing the best services possible to veterans in our community.”

Funds are dedicated to providing quality care for veterans’ and their families’ physical and mental wellbeing and their overall quality of life. The Fund also supports existing veterans’ services and attracts new veterans’ services to the New Braunfels area, which will ultimately benefit all veterans in the community.

Both of these funds provide a unique way to say “thank you” to those who serve or have served in the military by allowing donors to express their appreciation through charitable support.

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