Our Story

1st Veterans Kids Care, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, was born out of a child’s act of kindness that touched a father’s heart.

When Anton Cardinal was fifteen years old, unknowing to his parents he took his saved allowances and donated those funds to an organization that helps children who are fighting the effects of cancer and who were also in need of food and clothing. His selfless act led his father, Mr. Anthony Cardinal, to pursue helping several veterans in need of financial assistant and continue to help veterans and the families of those who serve by creating this organization 1st Veterans Kids Care, Inc.

Many people talk about the things they wish they could do for those less fortunate, but the Cardinal family has actually put actions behind Anton’s intentions and brought to life an organization that is viable and desirable, an organization that shows what a significant impact an individual with a HEART TO HELP can make in their communities and in our great country, the United States of America.

OUR IMMEDIATE GOALS

Goal One: Vision and Literacy Initiative.

Provide effective and responsive management to support the Youth Eyecare Services (Y.E.S.) programs serving children of veterans, veterans and their family members . (1st Veteran’s Kids Care, Inc. Youth Eyecare Services Vision and Literacy Initiative)

Goal Two: Permanent Housing

Provide information and advocacy to Florida veterans, their families and survivors, and assist them in obtaining all federal and state benefits for Housing due to them. (1st Veteran’s Veterans’ Homes Program)

The Kids Homes Project provides children of veterans, veterans and their family members with the opportunity to move into a home and work directly with our caseworkers and other financial counselors to receive the benefits of a home. Veteran families accepted into the program will include honorably discharged or retired veterans and service members currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves. After successful completion of the program the veteran receives the deed to the home, mortgage-free.

Goal Three: Health and Wellness.

Provide quality long-term healthcare services to eligible children of veterans, veterans and family members of veterans. (1st Veteran’s Support Services, Benefits and Assistance)

HELP US! HELP THEM!

Neither the children of our veterans, veterans or their family members should be homeless, living in motels, wooded areas, shelters, and camps. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ various homeless programs state each year more than 72,000 veterans and their family members need permanent housing

Our Philosophy

We passionately honor all the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed their lives, time and energy for our freedom. We are committed to provide their children and family members services that will allow them to make a better life when they are faced with death, disability, homelessness or to make a successful post-service, readjustment into their civilian life.

Our Mission

1st Veterans’ Kids Care, Inc. is committed to creating an awareness of the challenges our veterans’ children and family members face and then the providing of services that better their lives and create a promising future. We are passionately committed to providing Vision and Literacy through our Youth Eyecare Services, Permanent and Health and Wellness services to our veterans children when they are faced with the tragic death, disability, or financial hardship of their veteran parent.

Our Vision

At 1st Veterans’ Kids Care, our vision is to be the best at “SERVING CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE WHO SERVED.” 1st Veterans’ Kids Care, Inc. will enable and transform the lives of our veterans’ children through the spirit of giving.

1st Veterans’ Kids Care knows how important it is for our veterans’ children and their family members to receive the benefits that are earned by serving this nation. Our organization will ensure that the veterans’ children know what services they are entitled to, how to receive them and that we are there to aid in the pursuit of attaining these life sustaining and life enhancing benefits.

1st Veterans’ Kids Care aims to improve the lives of children by providing them unique community services enhanced by our partnering with veteran’s organizations, private organizations, and educational institutions.

Tagline At 1st Veterans’ Kids Care our ultimate goal is to serve as a vital resource in helping the children and family members of veterans who have faced hardships or are facing hardships caused by transitioning from the Armed forces to civilian life.