Mission Statement: Angels 4 Veterans is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to improve interconnectedness for all Veterans for their own well being and for the strengthening of their communities.
Our Vision: Currently, there are an estimated 21,973,000 Veterans in the United States and this number is growing. Angles 4 Veterans (A4V) was founded with the mission to assist All veterans whom have served our country. It is our goal to assist veterans and their families in every aspect of their lives. We want to build a community where veterans and their families can seek support and assistance from those who have a unique understanding of their circumstances. Who better to help a veteran and their family than other veterans and family member! As a first step we are looking to build an online support community where veterans and their family members can come together to talk about issues they face and see how others may have overcome similar circumstances. We also want to educate people about the issues veterans may face and what obstacles they have to overcome. We would like to grow our organization to assist veterans with physical disabilities, provide service dogs to those who would benefit from having them, offer a retreat free of charge to veterans and their families, and eventually build a rehabilitation center. Angels 4 Veterans would like to assist veterans with their transition from military to civilian life. These are all needed services that often go over looked and we hope to change that over time. These are huge aspirations and will take patience, time and money to achieve. We intend to uphold to our mission and keep moving forward in hopes that we achieve our goals.
Angela R. Isaia – Founder
I am currently employed as a clinician working with clients whom have PTSD, BPD and other mental health illness in accordance with the DSM-5. I have received the following trainings thus far to include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Family Therapy (BFT) and Cognitive Restructuring for PTSD of Special Populations. I am currently receiving training for Illness Management and Recovery (IMR). I have a Masters of Science in Community Mental Health and I am working to gain supervision to become a licensed therapist in the state of New Hampshire. While working on my Masters degree, I did extensive research on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it affects our veterans. I am still actively researching PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in regards to our veterans. I am actively working on PhD in Clinical Psychology. My concentration of study is PTSD and how it affects our veterans.
I am a proud spouse of an Army veteran who served his country proudly for four years and nine months. My family has extensive service to this country. This includes my father serving 22 years in the Army, my mother serving 14 years in the Air Force, my step-father serving 20 years in the Air Force, my brother serving over 7 years in the Army, as well as many other family members whom have proudly served this country dating back to the American Revolution.
Although I was a military brat and was in Army JROTC in High School, due to having Wolf Perkins White (WPW) a arrhythmia of the heart I was unable to fulfill my dream of serving my country. I established this foundation to fulfill my dream of helping all veterans and their families in all aspects of their lives.
Nicholas (Nick) Isaia Jr – Co – Founder
I am an Untied States Army Infantry veteran. I proudly served my country from November 5, 1992 to August 28, 1997. I was honorably discharged with a pay grade of E-4. During my time in the service I served one year as a line infantry solider, approximately 3 years as a scout observer and radiotelephone operator serving from a squad level to platoon sergeant to platoon leader, and approximately 6 months working in military intelligence at a battalion level. I received injuries during my time in the service, in which the VA classified me as disabled.
Upon discharge from the service, I went back to school to become a commercial diver. I worked various jobs within the diving industry. As a commercial diver, I worked in salvage diving, pipeline repair, pipeline installation, removal of pipelines, and inspection of pipelines, as well as removal of old and damaged drill platforms. Within this work, I gained experience and training in saturation diving and hyperbaric medicine. I did this work up until I had a life threatening and traumatic accident while in Gulf of Mexico. This event left me permanently disabled.
Nick and Angela
We met in Alaska on August 18, 1997. We were married on October 1, 2003. Together we have raised six children, one of whom has special needs. Throughout all of these years, we have suffered several hardships and experienced many joys. Through it all, we learned many life lessons. We taught our children about charity, respect and self-discipline. Today our family is actively involved in several charity organizations giving back to our community. This organization was created in the hopes of being able to help all veterans and their families.
History of Poppy
The poppy, an international symbol for those who died in war, also had international origins. A writer first made connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. Prior to the First World War few poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing ‘popaver rhoeas’ to thrive. When the war ended the lime was quickly adsorbed, and the poppy began to disappear again. Lieut.-Col. John McCrae, the Canadian doctor who wrote the poem “IN FLANDERS FIELD,” made the same connection 100 years later, during the First World War, and the scarlet poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle. Three years later an American, Moina Michael, was working in a New York City YMCA canteen when she started wearing a poppy in memory of the millions who died in the battlefield. During a 1920 visit to the United States a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France she decided to use handmade poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war- torn areas of the country. In November 1921, the first poppies were distributed in Canada. Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear flowers each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 116, 031 of their countrymen who died in battle.
The poppy reminds us of the people who gave their lives for peace and freedom. The poppy reminds us of war and the great costs it brings society and that peace is something we should strive for beyond all things.
The poppy is a symbol of peace and it reminds us of the people who died for us. The poppy means red blood from the men who died in battle.