Veteran Wish List

Veteran Wish List

In addition to monetary donations, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation is always in need of physical items for Ventura County veterans and their families. We have taken an important role to ensure the safety and well-being of our local veteran population, including unhoused and at-risk veterans, newly-housed veterans, disabled veterans, and very low-income veterans.

When we are contacted about a veteran or family member in one or more of the above groups, we learn about their needs that will help them get back on their feet. Some needs are specific to that veteran while other needs overlap from one veteran to the next.

We are now offering you, the donor, an opportunity to fulfill one or more of their needs to help rebuild and improve their lives, such as how generous community members were able to assist these local veterans.

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Veteran Wish List Success Stories

Brian is an Army veteran who served from 2007-09. For much of his post-service time, he has served as the full-time caregiver for his friend, Brandy, who deals with frequent seizures resulting from an accident with a drunk driver. As a result of that ongoing medical care, they were living out of a vehicle with their dog, Scrappy.

Brian and Brandy were brought to the attention of our Mobile Veteran Outreach (MVO) team, who worked with other agencies to first shelter them in a hotel during COVID-19, and then a permanent apartment. However, during that time, Brian was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, which required a hospital stay and chemotherapy.

Once we knew their move-in date into their apartment, we worked quickly to connect with many generous community members to furnish their new apartment so they could focus on each other’s health. Brian is on the mend and continuing to receive treatments.

Byron is a Marine veteran. Byron receives constant care because of a progressive, genetic health condition that has severely reduced his mobility. As a result, Byron uses an electric wheelchair as his primary mode of transportation. However, due to its frequent use, the electric wheelchair began to come apart and was held together by duct tape. It no longer provided comfort and security for Byron.

Byron’s friend saw this electric wheelchair one day and contacted us to see if we had another electric wheelchair available. With the help of a generous community member and a local veteran-owned moving company, we not only provided Byron a gently-used electric wheelchair with brand-new batteries and wheelchair ramp, but peace of mind for he and his family, knowing that he will always be safe wherever he goes.

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How Can I Grant a Veteran's Wish?

You can help grant the wishes of veterans and their families in your community. This process is very easy:

1. Click on the links below to view our Veteran Wish Lists and choose what item(s) you would like to donate to Ventura County veteran(s) in need:

2. You may contribute by donating one or more the items (new or gently used is most preferred). If you have item(s) to donate, please give us a call at 8054826550 so we may assist with connecting the item(s) to the veteran(s) in need.

You can help ensure that we are Serving Those Who Served Us by your generous, tax-deductible contribution today. On behalf of our veterans and their families, thank you!

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Thank You to Our Partners!

Thank you to Store Safe Self Storage in Camarillo and Go Mini’s in Simi Valley for your kind donation of storage units in 2021 and 2022! This additional and convenient storage space will allow us to fulfill more veterans’ wishes this year. We will be able to further effectively connect our generous community members to our veterans in need.

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Veteran Wish Lists (As of November 28, 2022)

Giving Me Independence with Medical Equipment

U.S. Army

I am an Army veteran. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

I am scheduled to have knee surgery very soon. While I am recovering, I will need a way to get around my apartment complex and visit the nearby grocery store.

If you can allow me to continue to live more independently while I am recovering from my knee surgery, I would greatly appreciate it.

My Wish List:

  • Four-wheeled electric mobility scooter
U.S. Army

I am an Army veteran. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

I have multiple health issues, including one that causes me to retain water. As a result, my weight fluctuates and makes it extremely difficult to walk very far.

I have tried power wheelchairs, but even on level sidewalks, I am in pain when I travel, even when it is just to the neighborhood grocery store.

If you can allow me to have a greater quality of life by allowing me to live more independently, I would greatly appreciate it.

My Wish List:

  • Four-wheeled electric mobility scooter with full suspension

I am a Marine veteran. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

In addition to my hearing loss from my time in the service, I struggle with walking very far, including when I walk my dogs. I become exhausted fairly easily and have to be even more mindful of my balance when that happens.

If you can allow me to have a greater quality of life by allowing me to live more independently and give me peace of mind about my safety, I would greatly appreciate it.

My Wish List:

  • Four-wheeled electric mobility scooter
Air Force

I am an Air Force veteran. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

I serve as the primary caregiver for my permanently disabled son and help get him to essential appointments.

I have also helped fellow veterans in my community by delivering donated furniture to those who have found new housing

Unfortunately, my pickup truck was totaled in a collision with another vehicle, leaving me no way to help my son or my fellow veterans in need.

If you can allow me to provide greater quality of life for both my son and my fellow veterans, I would greatly appreciate it.

My Wish List:

  • A reliable vehicle, which I am open to purchasing at a price I can afford

Furnishing My New Home and Reintegrating into Society

U.S. Army

I am an Army veteran. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

A bed was provided to me when I first moved into my apartment. Unfortunately, part of the frame broke, and I can feel the springs from the mattress. It has made it much more difficult for me to sleep.

If you can allow me to have a greater quality of life by providing me a more restful nights’ sleep, I would greatly appreciate it.

My Wish List:

  • King-size bed (frame, mattress, and box spring)
  • Tall drinking glasses FULFILLED!
  • Lightweight power wheelchair or electric scooter – My current electric scooter is too heavy for my caregiver to put in his car.
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Ongoing Needs

Medical Equipment

Mobility is often taken for granted. However, for those who are unable to walk without assistance, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and electric scooters are invaluable. Such equipment gives our local veterans a sense of independence they otherwise would not have.

  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Lightweight, transport chairs
  • Seated rollator walkers
  • Folding aluminum walkers
  • Upright walkers
  • Walking canes
  • Electric mobility scooters
  • Electric power wheelchairs
  • Batteries to power electric mobility scooters and power wheelchairs
  • Wheelchair access ramps
  • Wheelchair platform lifts
  • Power lift recliners
  • Stairlift chair systems
  • Hospital beds
  • Hoyer lifts
  • Medical trapeze bars
  • Shower chairs
  • Bedside commodes
  • Toilet seat rails
  • Toilet seat risers

Furnishing Veterans' Homes

Mobility is often taken for granted. However, for those who are unable to walk without assistance, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and electric scooters are invaluable. Such equipment gives our local veterans a sense of independence they otherwise would not have.

The furnishings and decorations that make a house a home define and ground the family living in that home. When a veteran and family transition into an empty house, they have been homeless for so many years that they do not realize what items they need to make their new house a home. Such items give our local veterans what they need to get back on their feet and feel a sense of community.

11/1/2022 UPDATE: At this time, due to limited storage space, we are not accepting furniture for donation – except if the furniture is on our existing Veteran Wish List requests above. Please continue to check back for updates, as we plan to resume furniture donations in the near future.

We primarily help furnish studio and one-bedroom apartments. Please keep that in mind if you wish to donate any of the following items listed below.

Bedroom

  • Beds (mattress, box spring, and/or frame) – twin, full, or queen only
  • Bed sheet sets
  • Pillows
  • Dressers/chests of drawers
  • Nightstands

Living Room

  • Sofas/loveseats
  • Recliners
  • Small desks
  • Office chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • End tables

Kitchen

  • Refrigerators
  • Dining tables with chairs
  • Microwaves
  • Toasters
  • Coffee makers
  • Other countertop appliances
  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Drinking cups

Bathroom

  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Non-slip bath mats

Emergency Funds and Daily Essentials

A number of the veterans we serve, especially with our Mobile Veteran Outreach (MVO) program, fall into one of the following categories:

  • Unhoused veterans
  • Veterans at risk of becoming unhoused
  • Newly-housed veterans

All are either living off a fixed source of income or no source of income at all. Because of this limited income, they do not have an adequate food supply, reasonable change of clothes, personal care products for their overall health, and gasoline for their cars to get to their jobs and medical appointments.

  • Hotel vouchers
  • Gas cards
  • Perishable and non-perishable food items
  • Toiletries
  • Prepaid gift cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Chain store gift cards
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Bus passes