Dear Board Members/Family/Friends-
Just a couple of quick updates: (1) Our Foundation is preparing to send out a letter to supporters (businesses and individuals) seeking year end donations. (2) In early September our Foundation received a call from a homeless veteran in need of assistance. After an in depth conversation it was clear his needs where both complex and vast; quite frankly, beyond our ability to meet. So, we promised we’d make some calls to try and get him the help he needed. In a nutshell, our referral base paid off and thank God for Mike Orban! Without hesitation, as soon as he heard about the situation, he reached out to his colleagues at the VA. Consequently, we were able to act as a communicative liaison between the veteran and Mike’s team. Within a two month span the veteran went from homeless to hospitalized; his eligible benefits were put into effect, and then, upon discharge he went to transitional housing where he’d await a permanent home! Our Foundation is grateful to have helped this veteran, even though monetary aid wasn’t given, we were able to walk with him and support him to ensure a successful outcome!
May God’s blessings be upon our veterans and those whom tirelessly serve them, like Mike Orban, to ensure assistance is available when needed!
With sincere gratitude.
Board of Directors
The Rick Kemp Foundation – Veteran Scholarships
” … He uses his vulnerability and personal journey to connect with the universal experiences that all combat Veterans experience … ” Click the image below to read more.
I served two tours in Iraq as an Infantryman. When I came home, I lost my way and turned to substances to cope. I was told I had readjustment issues and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by providers at the VA hospital. They prescribed multiple medications along with an intrusive VA caseworker who treated me as if I were incapable. After a year and a half of this ineffectual care, I ran. I found short reprieves from my mental health conditions while on the road, but they were always followed by severe bouts of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. I gave up, expecting that death was soon to follow, but instead I found myself incarcerated.
I met Mike Orban shortly after being locked up. He reached out to me on behalf of my mother. The process of gaining trust in Mike was slow, given my experience with broken promises, manipulation, and forced treatment on the part of the VA and its providers. What made the difference, was Mike was a fellow Infantryman with combat experience in Vietnam, and he still held the warrior ethos close to heart. This had been missing ever since I returned from Iraq, and so naturally, I gravitated towards Mike’s help, and I gained an unshakable trust in his judgment.
Since that time, I have graduated from college and found myself in a career that allows me to pass on to the individuals I work with, what Mike and others, did for me at my low point. I keep in contact with Mike and try to stay engaged with every new initiative he takes on, because I know his work facilitates positive change in the lives of people like me.
I owe a gratitude of thanks to Mike and his foundation for helping me to prepare for my daughter’s release from prison. With her serving time in Arizona State Prison and me living in Wisconsin, I was unsure how to navigate the Veteran’s services that were available to her and neither was she. Through Mike’s dedication and resources he was able to lead me through a maze of legal hoops and decisions that seemed very overwhelming to me. With only my love and perseverance I was determined to have some sort of “outreach” plan in place for my daughter upon her release. Not only is she now felon, but she is also a drug addict who has been x and needed some sort of action plan in place for her success. This was important to my daughter as well as me. With the help of the Phoenix Healthcare for Reentry Vets, a prison outreach service that assigned her a Vet Rep along with Peer Support people, they helped her not only get an apartment but made sure she got any medical attention that was long overdue. This would give any parent peace of mind. She is doing well and adjusting to a new life as a peer support and crisis counselor. I told her that “if anyone could help others you can!” She is able to make some connections that others may not be able to because of her experiences. I hope my story may give others a chance for hope when the odds may seem against you.
The Orban Foundation gives my friend the HOPE and direction she needs for herself and for her Vietnam Vet husband.
5 minutes after my first email inquiry, Mike called with the understanding and answers we needed in a difficult situation.
Without the Orban Foundation we would not have found the direction, encouragement and resources that are actively solving daily problems and providing direction for the future. Mike works tirelessly to press forward and “keep the momentum going” as he puts it. THANK YOU Mike and the Orban Foundation for all you do with care.
The Orban Foundation has been phenomenal when it comes to providing resources and support to our family.
From the moment we met Mike, we were awed by his enthusiasm and dedication to providing support to our veterans and their families. He provides resources for our veteran family member such as visits from fellow veterans, canine support, classes, special interests and psychiatric resources.
He has excellent rapport with veterans and their families and always takes the time to follow up with checkins to see how things are going. It is evident that he really cared for those he works with.
We are grateful for all he has done and continues to do for our family.