Operation Homefront Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell
Operation Homefront, the national non-profit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and Wounded Warriors, will today join the NASDAQ Capital Market
in a salute to our military by ringing the closing bell on the stock exchange at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Alison LaFerlita, the President of Operation Homefront’s Tri-State chapter
, will join seven-year Marine Corps infantry veteran Sergeant Adelberto Diaz and his wife Christine to ring the bell.
“We’re pleased to join NASDAQ today in saluting military heroes like Sergeant Diaz,” said LaFerlita. “At Operation Homefront, we’ve found that the American people are eager to help our service members and their families. Even as the U.S. is drawing down forces in Afghanistan, it is important to remember that military families will continue to need our help.”
Founded in 2002 – shortly after 9/11 – Operation Homefront has met over 590,000 needs for military families. Emergency assistance provided by the organization includes food assistance, help with rent and mortgage payments, auto repair and donation, and health-care services.
Operation Homefront also provides transitional housing for the families of rehabilitating Wounded Warriors at three Operation Homefront Villages
located near major military medical facilities. Its Homes on the Homefront
program is set to provide over 100 mortgage-free houses to veteran families over the next year.
Morale programs provided by Operation Homefront include its Homefront Celebrations and Wounded Warrior Wives
program for military spouses and its Back-to-School Brigade
and Military Child of the Year® Award
for military kids.
A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. The organization also holds an A rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau.