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Our History

Cause was founded in April 2003 when four West Point graduates who served in Vietnam, and their wives began providing personal care items and clothing to wounded soldiers arriving at Walter Reed Hospital from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. In keeping with the time-honored military tradition of "taking care of your troops," these veterans and their wives created Cause in order to be "...here for those who are there for us.®" 

The Founders' goal was to ensure that the new wave of troops returning home from war did not have the same negative and disheartening experience that so many Vietnam Veterans did, and to make sure all injured service members knew beyond a shadow of a doubt the community was there to support them.

Today, Cause organizes several programs at multiple locations supporting recreation, relaxation, and resiliency. We reach thousands of injured service men and women facing months of medical care and rehabilitation far from home and family. These programs are designed to bring a bit of relaxation and fun into what are, for many, very challenging circumstances. They also serve a much more serious purpose: helping wounded warriors begin the normalization process and the re-entry to home and community as they take their long journey back to health.

Founders:

Robert C. Doheny, LTC USA (RET) and his wife Joyce
Vietnam Service: 1968-1969 (Bronze Star, Army Commendation)

Paul B. Haseman, LTC USAR (RET) and his wife Vivian
Vietnam Service: 1968-1969 (Bronze Star)

Hartmut H. Lau, COL USA (RET) and his wife Barbara
Vietnam Service: 1968-1969 (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart)

Richard E. Waterman, COL USA (RET) and his wife Debbie
Vietnam Service: 1968-1969 & 1970-1971 (Bronze Star)


Over the 18 years since Cause was created, we have had the privilege of providing a wide variety of services and programs around the world. As the needs of our population served has changed, we have evolved our offerings to stay relevant. We no longer offer digital game and movie rentals as most service members prefer to download those from the web. Our adaptive game carts have been donated to organizations and facilities for use in locations where we no longer have a physical presence but where service members can still utilize them.

In years past we have provided services at:

Fort Bragg, NC - Womack Medical Center

Richmond, VA - Hunter Holmes McGuire Regional VA Medical Center

San Antonio, TX - Audie L. Murphy Hospital Polytrauma Center; Brooke Army Medical Center

San Diego, CA - Balboa Naval Medical Center

Washington, DC - Washington DC VA Medical Center

Detroit, MI - John Dingell VA Medical Center

We continue to provide services in partnership with the units supporting the wounded, ill, and recovering at locations which administer long-term treatment and care at Walter Reed USO Warrior & Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort Belvoir USO Warrior & Family Center in Woodbridge, Virginia, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.