"I just broke down and cried at the sight of it. Seeing the Arizona was the most wonderful thing I've ever had. It brought everything together at the end of my life."
— U.S. Navy veteran Eddie
Officially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Dreams for Veterans tailors the Dream experience to veterans and their families. Dream recipients are U.S. military veterans who served in conflicts from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, those who have served during peacetime or who currently serve on active duty, including members of the Reserve and National Guard. Dreams for Veterans acknowledges veterans and honors their service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. In 2019, Dreams for Veterans served 118 Dreams for those who selflessly served our nation.
On Veterans Day in 2016, Dream Foundation, the only national Dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, was honored to enter into a new strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the lives of veterans with life-limiting illnesses.
Through our Dreams for Veterans program, Dream Foundation and VA are working closely together to facilitate positive events, provide motivational support and fulfill final dreams for Veterans and their families. In addition, we are connecting to VA hospice care providers and palliative care social workers to offer resources to address some of the unique needs of veterans.
"Coming out of a difficult oncology appointment, we were met in the lobby by such beautiful flowers. Their beauty and your kindness in providing them lifted a heavy load from my heart. The bouquet we were gifted was a shining light to bring home and it continued to lift our spirits."
— Flower Empower recipient Alison
"The toys that were sent for my great niece and nephews were amazing. The box decorations brought tears to my eyes just thinking that a stranger would take the time and care to do that was so heartfelt. These definitely brought smiles to sad faces."
— Dream Toy Program recipient Patricia