HOMEGROWN BY HEROES

At the Compatible Lands Foundation (CLF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we partner with the Department of Defense (DoD) to assure  military readiness while preserving the environment. By creating open space “buffers” around military installations, we help to minimize  incompatible development that can interfere with training, testing and other military activities. Our partnership with DoD also preserves working agricultural lands, water quality, and wildlife habitat. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We’re undertaking an exciting project to serve our American veterans at Fort Hood, Texas, where CLF serves as the base’s cooperative agreement partner.

As a part of our initiative at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX, we’re partnering with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which sponsors the “Homegrown by Heroes” initiative. We plan to acquire 200 acres on the border of Fort Hood, which will serve as buffer land and be converted into a Homegrown by Heroes micro-agricultural site. The benefits of this initiative are many:

1.     It provides employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for our returning service men and women – creating approximately 200 veteran job opportunities in the Fort Hood area.

2.     It will help veterans’ well-being.  Evidence suggests that agricultural work, such as the Homegrown by Heroes program, is therapeutic for veterans who might be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

3.     The land used for the Homegrown by Heroes will serve as a buffer zone around Fort Hood, which protects against encroachment and helps to preserve uninterrupted training and military readiness.

4.     It will permanently preserve the land for agricultural conservation purposes.

The US DoD, through its Readiness & Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI), is funding up to half of the land acquisition for this important Homegrown by Heroes initiative. We seek grants and donations from foundations, corporations and other organizations and individuals to help us serve our American veterans with the Homegrown by Heroes initiative, by accomplishing the following:

A.    Match the DoD’s contribution for land acquisition.

B.    Pay for land preparation (e.g. clearing, restoration, etc.).

C.    Design the Homegrown by Heroes plots to maximize the agricultural value of the land and plant accordingly.

D.   Acquire equipment and build infrastructure required to support the program.

E.    Support the training of veterans as required.

F.    Endow a fund to support the monitoring and enforcement of land use per the terms of a conservation easement in perpetuity.

With your permission, we’d like to recognize you and/or your organization on our website and other communications for your tax deductible contribution in support of this important project to serve our veterans, military readiness and the environment at Fort Hood, Texas. We utilize more than 90% of all funds for direct project expenses.

To make your tax deductible contribution to the Compatible Lands Foundation (please note Homegrown by Heroes), please send your check to:

The Compatible Lands Foundation
1305 E 15th Street, Suite 202
Tulsa, OK 74120
(800) 976-2410

If you have questions about making a donation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to discuss the subject with you further. You may contact Drew Troyer at dtroyer@compatiblelands.net or phone at 918-691-1794 or 800-976-2410.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Drew D. Troyer
Chairman of the Board