The In Honor of Our Troops (IHOOT) Foundation was established at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. when many wounded from the Global War on Terrorism began arriving there. Although Americans knew that military men and women were losing their lives in combat, they were totally unaware of the challenges the survivors faced during the difficult and painful transition from able-bodied Warriors to permanently disabled Veterans.
The IHOOT and Vacations for Vets Founder was the Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial Activities Director and a Vietnam era USMC Officer. He began to develop programs and events to bring awareness of the plight of Veterans and their their families and has helped thousands reconnect. IHOOT and Vacations for Vets are non-profit charities under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Create Awareness Programs for service men and women that have survived war and long deployments from their families. Some that were able-Bodied Warriors now have the challenge of adjusting to being permanently disabled Veterans. IHOOT’s Vacations for Vets provides a means for families to reconnect and reestablish healthy relationships, regardless of when they served.
Board of Directors
CEO / PROJECT CHAIRMAN
ALVIN (AK) WILKINS
DIRECTOR / PROJECT LIAISON
DIRECTOR / PROJECT MILITARY LIAISON FUNDRAISING
DR. CHARLES GROCE
DIRECTOR / PROJECT WELLNESS LIAISON
DIRECTOR / PROJECT WOUNDED WARRIOR LIAISON
DIRECTOR WOUNDED WARRIOR LIAISON
The IHOOT Enclave Project was established by Philip Strambler, himself a Viet Nam era Marine Corps Officer and a Director with Morale, Welfare & Recreation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. IHOOT provided housing for Wounded Veterans and their families during rehabilitation and therapy from war injuries.
The IHOOT Golf Classic was the first event established as a fundraiser and therapy for Wounded Veterans. Golf creates awareness of the challenges that military, veterans and their families face during the transition from able-bodied Warriors to normal life, sometimes permanently disabled.
The Warrior Transition Program provided jobs in the Food Service Industry by the Research & Development Association (R&DA).
The Vacations for Vets Program was established in association with the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).
Hilton Grand Vacations Clubs joined Vacations for Vets providing Orlando and Las Vegas villas and condominiums.
IHOOT CEO introduced Vacations for Vets to the nation at the Atlanta Rotary and Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
Shell Vacations Clubs began adding 50+ new resorts.
Lawrence Welk Resorts Charitable Giving began adding 20+ West Coast locations.
Worldmark Charitable Giving Program began adding over 160 new locations.
Holiday Inn Resorts Charitable Giving began adding 10+ premium locations.
IHOOT Charity Golf Tour was created to support the Vacations for Vets Program. The 2012 Tour began in Southern California followed by the Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta, Georgia.
Vacations for Vets joined Wyndham Charitable Giving Program adding 120+ resorts.