As President and CEO of Help Hospitalized Veterans, Mike Lynch is committed to the important mission of this national, non-profit organization. A Vietnam veteran himself, Lynch is familiar with the physical and emotional needs of hospitalized veterans and sick or wounded active-duty military personnel. Responsible for the effective implementation of the many programs and services that Help Hospitalized Veterans offers, Lynch also manages the organization's $35 million annual operating budget.
Founded in 1971 in response to the needs of hospitalized soldiers back from active duty in Vietnam, Help Hospitalized Veterans began with the primary goal of supplying therapeutic arts and crafts kits to veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military medical facilities. Under the capable leadership of Mike Lynch, Help Hospitalized Veterans now distributes nearly a million products a year.
Combining executive management skills with his passionate dedication to America's heroes, Lynch is a force for expanding Help Hospitalized Veterans' role in serving the needs of veterans receiving care from VA and military medical facilities. Lynch recognized the therapeutic benefits veterans could potentially receive resulting from Help Hospitalized Veterans' involvement in many of VA's annual special events - involvement which now includes co-sponsorships of VA's National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, National Veterans Golden Age Games, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic and National Veterans TEE Tournament.
Moreover, Lynch is the driving force behind the emergence of several highly effective partnerships of the organization he serves. Lynch facilitated Help Hospitalized Veterans' designation as a Service Organization by the National Advisory Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services, significantly enabling HHV's goal in reaching the veterans who would benefit from its products and services.
Implementing the additional programs which enhance the work of Help Hospitalized Veterans, Lynch is known to be both thoughtful and creative. Lynch is responsible for initiating the purchase of arts & crafts through VA's Compensated Work Therapy/Incentive Therapy program, as well as HHV's Special Projects program which provides free computers, monitors, printers, arts & crafts, reading and other educational and training materials to homebound veterans.
To ensure that the craft kits for which Help Hospitalized Veterans is best known for reach maximum therapeutic value, in 1995 Lynch implemented the Craft Care Specialist (CCS) program. This program allows for a trained CCS to work personally with hospitalized veterans and is a key component of the undeniable success of Help Hospitalized Veterans.
Mike Lynch is committed to improving the lives of hospitalized veterans and raising public awareness about their needs, concerns, and value to our nation. Lynch maintains a website - hhv.org - dedicated to educating the public about the needs of the hospitalized veteran as well as the accomplishments and ongoing work of Help Hospitalized Veterans.
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