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Give the gift of clean water this holiday!

As 2017 draws to a close, we are so thankful to our supporters who have made 2017 a success. Since launching our new website on World Water Day this March, we have been able to impact the lives of thousands of people suffering from water crisis. And through our partnership with Team 5 Foundation, we brought our new “Water and Wellness” initiative to Guatemala, providing hundreds of people with both clean water filters and critical medical care.

But we want to do more – and will do more with your help! There are over 1 billion people around the world who do not have access to clean water. And while solutions can be complex, our mission model is simple. Clean water filters are the easiest, fastest, and most cost-effective way of providing immediate access to clean water.

Our veteran-led teams are ready to deliver clean water filters wherever around the world they are needed, and we are able to carry as many as our supporters can help fund.

Gift A Clean Water Filter

This holiday season, we are asking you to give the gift of clean drinking water by donating a clean water filter to families struggling with water crisis. One clean water filter provides 1 million gallons of clean water – enough for 3 families for up to 10 years.

We have seen the amazing things that can happen when girls and women do not have to trek daily long distances daily to carry water home for their families. It means that children can go to school and learn. It means parents can work and contribute to the economy. And it means communities are healthy and able to work towards long-term solutions for their clean water needs.

Funding a clean water filter is a one-time $50 donation; you may also choose to partially fund a filter. We will be delivering the filters and W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) training on our next clean water mission.


You may also donate a clean water filter on behalf of your friends and family as a holiday gift that gives back. We will email you a personalized holiday card in your gift recipient’s name. If you are interested, contact erin@veteranswithoutorder.org to make arrangements.

Team 5 Medical Foundation and Veterans Without Orders Announce Strategic Partnership

The new “Water and Wellness” initiative will address both the causes and consequences of the world water crisis.

New York, NY & Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 12, 2017 – Two elite, veteran-led, nonprofit aid organizations that work in some of the most remote and high-risk regions of the world will create a new strategic partnership to maximize the impact of their humanitarian missions.

Veterans Without Orders (VWO), a nonprofit focused on combatting the world water crisis, and Team 5 Medical Foundation, a nonprofit that provides medical care to the most overlooked areas of the world, will merge capabilities for their “Water and Wellness” initiative. The partnership reflects a more holistic approach to addressing both the causes and consequences of the water crisis.

Every year, 1.5 billion people suffer from waterborne diseases and 3.4 million – mostly children – die as a result, making it the leading cause of disease and death worldwide. When communities do not have access to clean water, children cannot attend school, parents cannot work, and regions cannot participate in solving their own clean water and health issues.

“There is no better partnership for this purpose – both VWO and Team 5 bring equipment, treatment and education that is sorely needed in these regions,” said Rob Parish, Team 5’s Water and Wellness Program Manager. “We share the passion of creating a long-term, sustainable impression on these communities, which is only made possible by our supporters and strengthened through this partnership. I am truly excited to see the difference it will make in the lives of the people we serve.”

VWO leads teams of skilled, volunteer Civil Affairs veterans to regions suffering from water scarcity and crippled by water-borne diseases. Serving as the “tip-of-the-spear” for addressing clean-water issues, VWO mission teams provide clean-water filters and sanitation training to women and children in the communities they visit.

Team 5 Medical Foundation’s team of volunteer Special Ops veterans consists of medical and survival experts who educate local healthcare workers, provide medical and dental assistance (including plastic surgery and reconstructive procedures), and deliver supplies that support these regions in becoming self-sufficient.

“Our focus on clean water filtration has always been to provide the most immediate and easy-to-implement remedy to bring a community back to health,” said Wilson Suarez, a Civil Affairs veteran who has joined several clean water missions with Veterans Without Orders. “This partnership will be transformational in what we’re able to accomplish on our clean water missions, both short-term through on-the-ground medical care and long-term through the education and training we provide.”

The first joint mission will kick-off at the end of July, when Parish will join VWO on their clean water mission to Livingston, Guatemala. With a population of 16.3 million, over 1 million Guatemalans lack access to clean water and 6 million lack access to proper sanitation. The “Water and Wellness” mission team will deliver clean water filters, medical aid, training and education to remote villages only accessible by foot and canoe. Looking forward, upcoming Team 5 medical missions will be supplemented by a VWO volunteer delivering clean water filters and sanitation training.

To learn more or donate to the Guatemala mission, visit https://veteranswithoutorders.networkforgood.com/projects/26972-clean-water-mission-to-guatemala-summer-2017

About Team 5 Medical Foundation
The Team 5 Medical Foundation is officially certified by the World Health Organization to support international healthcare efforts led by the organization. Team 5 has conducted over 10 medical missions in 5 countries since its inception in 2010. Team 5 has achieved GuideStar’s Platinum Level of Transparency, the highest level of recognition. To learn more about Team 5, visit:

About Veterans Without Orders
Veterans Without Orders is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to leverage a worldwide network of skilled Civil Affairs veterans to address the world water crisis. VWO teams travel to regions around the world suffering from water crisis to deliver cost-effective Sawyer PointONE Water Filtration Systems. Each water filter produces up to 1 million gallons of clean drinking water – enough to sustain 3 families for 10 years. VWO dedicates every mission in the name of a fallen military serviceman or woman. To learn more about VWO and the world water crisis, visit:

To view the original press release, visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14501012.htm 

#TappedIn: Announcing our exclusive partnership with Tapped Coffee

When we first started leading clean water missions in 2015, we were just a small crew of soon-to-be-retired Civil Affairs soldiers looking to define our transition to civilian life. For all of us, our military service had revealed one overarching and undeniable fact. No matter where in the world we had witnessed conflict and suffering, access to clean water always played a critical and complex role.

Over the last two and a half years we’ve received tremendous support for our mission to deliver clean water filters to communities in water crisis. We’re serving as the tip-of-the spear for addressing clean water issues, and our partnerships with other aid organizations are allowing us to maximize our mission impact. Our organization has expanded into a talented global network of engaged and committed volunteers whose contributions are ensuring our future success.

And now we have some really exciting news about something big we’ve had brewing for a while!

Introducing Tapped Coffee

Tapped Coffee is a veteran-owned coffee company that is now an exclusive supporter of Veterans Without Orders. Tapped has committed to donating 100% of their net profits to our non-profit organization to fund our clean water missions. Yes, you read that right – one hundred percent.

This is a partnership that means a lot to our mission. Here’s why:

  1. The world water crisis isn’t just a drinking water problem. It is also an agricultural problem. Changes in climate threatens to decimate 50% of coffee-producing land by 2050.
  2. Every bag of coffee purchased produces 50,000 gallons of clean water through our delivery and training of Sawyer Water Filtration Systems to communities in water crisis.
  3. Many of the largest coffee-growing regions are also those most at risk of water crisis. Tapped Coffee seeks to supports small farms who use sustainable practices to improve the conditions of the land and its farmers.

What does that mean for you?

You can help us combat the global water crisis by simply purchasing your coffee from Tapped Coffee! Next week, Tapped Coffee will launch its online store, where you can begin purchasing premium whole bean and ground coffee from around the world. To celebrate, they’re offering 15% off your first order. Just visit www.tappedcoffee.com and subscribe to receive your coupon code.


You can use it once Tapped announces the shop opening on their newly-launched Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Follow them now so you don’t miss out on the announcement, plus future specials and offers!

We also need your help to spread the word! Please share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages with the hashtag #tappedin. We’ll be entering everyone who does into a raffle for a free bag of our Guatemala Yepocapa Coffee.

So grab your favorite coffee cup, share our message, and get ready to feel GOOD about the coffee you drink!

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33 years of service and still serving: meet veteran volunteer Jackie Case

Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Case

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight one of our most dedicated veteran volunteers, Jackie Case. Her service to Veterans Without Orders not only keeps the ship afloat – she’s critical to our team successfully executing clean water missions in honor of fallen soldiers.

We asked Jackie to tell us about her military experience, her transition to civilian life, and why she cares so much about the water crisis.

Why did you decide to join the Army?

The way I decided to join the Army is somewhat of a blur…I moved to the U.S. from Jamaica in May 1981, my cousin was graduating from high school that summer and had already joined the Army. I would go with her when she checked in with her recruiter and somehow, I was recruited. I was young, brand new in the U.S…I had no clue! The next thing I knew I was on my way to basic training.

Where did you serve?

I enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, so after completing basic training and advanced individual training at Ft. McClellan, AL, I reported to my Reserve unit in New Haven, CT. I later transferred to the 411rd Civil Affairs Battalion (CABN) in Danbury, CT, and was deployed to Southwest Asia for a time.

In 1999 I joined the 486th CABN in Broken Arrow, OK, and then went on to be stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, Warwick/Newport, RI and finally Ft. Jackson, SC.

During my time being stationed at these different locations I had short periods of duty in Germany, South Africa and Belgium.

I deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010.

 That’s a lot of places! When did you retire?

I retired in February 2015.

What was the transition from military to civilian life like?

It is an understatement to say it was hard – really hard. I am still in transition after two years. I have spoken with retirees who have told me that it could take up to five years or more to fully transition.

I retired after a total of 33 years between the Army Reserve and Active duty. After twenty plus years on active duty living by military standards, knowing where I need to be, what is expected of me, what I will wear every day, basically having someone else control my life…i am now in the process of re-inventing myself, and it is a process.

I enjoyed my time in the service; I have no regrets, but there comes a time in all our lives when we have to leave the old cheese mines and look for new cheese somewhere else.

How did you get involved with Veterans Without Orders?

John, one of the founders, is a former supervisor from the 443th CABN in Rhode Island, so when I heard about VWO I immediately contacted him and asked how I could become involved in the mission.

What do you do for VWO?

My official title is Assistant Director; as such I assist where required in relation to overseeing day to day activities, strategic planning, establishing administrative policies and procedures etc. I’m also responsible for Knowledge management. Because VWO is an all volunteer organization in most cases it’s “all hands”, meaning everyone helps where needed regardless of title.

Why do you care about the water crisis?

I care about the water crisis because we are all affected or will be affected by it at some point in the near future.

The lack of clean water directly affects human health, especially in young children; it also contributes to lack of access to education for females, whose responsibility it is to get water for their family. Clean water is a basic need for survival; if I am able to help one person, one family then it is my duty to do so.

Those of us who are able to go into our homes and access clean water sometimes are not aware how fortunate we are. We, VWO members, have the training, the desire and the opportunity to help the less fortunate in developing countries, where the need to address the water crisis is the greatest.

What other veteran volunteering do you do?

As a veteran I volunteer with the Columbia, SC USO, which is not a veteran organization but it is an opportunity to continue my service to others.


If you want to learn more about the Carbonaro Mission: Guatemala, please visit our crowdfunding page.




A look into how we plan our international clean water missions

Carbonaro Clean Water Mission: Dispatch 2

Leading clean water missions into foreign countries requires coordination with outside stakeholders to identify locations, secure travel and lodging, and organize on-the-ground support. We asked our Veterans Without Orders team traveling to Guatemala this summer a few questions about the mission planning process.

Why did you choose Livingston, Guatemala for your mission?

Guatemala has the 2nd highest population growth rate next to Panama but the population is more affected by poverty.  Our goal is to assist future generations that have a chance of great economic opportunity but those generations can also be stifled by diseases from poor drinking water.  Our partnerships with other organizations drew us to Livingston as a rural, but safe area with support that is close to a variety of markets and transportation.

How did you find the guide that will be taking you to the villages “by foot and canoe”?

We were connected with our guide Gaby after we were recommended by another non-profit organization comprised of prior military medical professionals who have conducted aid missions in the region.

Tell us about who is traveling on this mission and what their role is on the trip?

The mission will be staffed by our director John Nonnemaker, a Civil Affairs officers with 18 years of military experience, our operations lead Noah Hodges, another civil affairs officer with experience in training and economics, and Jenny Laguna, a former service member who will serve as a trainer and translator.

Where will you be staying?

We will stay in small bungalows run by Gaby for travelers near the town of Livingston.

How many villages will you be traveling to?

We plan to travel to 2 villages and deliver at least 10 filters in each village which will support 30 families. But we can carry as many water filters as our crowdfunding campaign can raise.

How much time do you typically spend in each village? 

We will spend about 8 hours over two days for each village, getting the know the people, selecting trainers to assist in the training, conduct training and providing child support for the mothers.

Tell us about the villages – how many families live in each village? What is their current water source? 

The villages are small with less than 100 families. They carry the water from a long distance or they drink from the Rio Dulce and its tributaries.

Anything else you’ll be doing on your mission?

We will also supply hygiene supplies, glasses and WASH training for the people in these villages.


If you want to learn more about the Carbonaro Mission: Guatemala, please visit our crowdfunding page.




Guatemala has a water scarcity problem; this summer we’re going there to help

Carbonaro Clean Water Mission: Dispatch 1 

After careful deliberation, we are excited to announce that our Veterans Without Orders’ Mission Team has picked a location and date for our mission to Guatemala this summer.

We will be traveling to Livingston, Guatemala from July 27th – July 31st to bring Sawyer water filters and sanitation training to villages in the area. We have secured an in-country guide that will take us to these villages by foot and canoe. And we have begun coordinating with our local partners there on a multi-year plan to sustain our mission efforts after we leave.

If you are interested in donating to our mission, visit our Carbonaro Mission: Guatemala fundraising page.


Why we chose Guatemala

There are a few issues we took into consideration when selecting this country and region for our mission efforts. As an impoverished country with half of its citizens living below the poverty level, Guatemala has long suffered from “economic water scarcity”.

Economic water scarcity is caused by a lack of investment in water infrastructure. In these situations there may be ample water supply, but populations who cannot afford to use it cannot access it.

Over the past several years, severe droughts causing “physical water scarcity” have become a problem in Guatemala too. In 2015, BBC covered how Guatemala families struggle for food in Central American drought. More recently, journalist Lauren Markham wrote this insightful piece about how Drought And Climate Change Are Forcing Young Guatemalans To Flee To The U.S.

For many Guatemalans, the situation today is untenable. Drought has had a profound effect on food security and is compounded by contaminated water that causes GI diseases like diarrhea that wash away already scarce nutrients. Over half of children under five are suffering from chronic malnutrition. And the child mortality rate is the highest in Central America, owing in large part to water-related illness.

Over 1 million Guatemalans don’t have access to clean water and 6 million don’t have access to sanitation.

Empowered women can solve the water crisis

As with all of our missions, the Guatemala mission team deployed by Veterans Without Orders recognizes the capacity of local women as the solution to their community’s safe water needs. That’s why our programs are targeted specifically towards mothers of small children.

Our goal is to bring 30 clean water filters and sanitation training to the women living in small villages outside of Livingston, Guatemala. And the beauty of our mission model is that we can bring as many as our crowdfunding campaigns can raise.

Our mission honors Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro 

Every clean water mission we conduct is dedicated in the name of a military serviceman or woman who was killed in action during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We believe that by doing this, we can honor each individual and allow their memory to live on through the gift of clean water to those most in need.

The Carbonaro Mission: Guatemala is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro of Bethesda, MD.

If you want to learn more about the Carbonaro Mission: Guatemala, please visit our crowdfunding page.


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Why We’re Focused On The Water Crisis: A Veteran Perspective

A broken pipe spewing sewage through a village. A drought that has dried up a region’s water supply. A contaminated water source sickening and killing young children.

As civil affairs soldiers, these are the types of scenarios we’ve spent our careers training for. And by serving in the branch of the military responsible for humanitarian aid operations, we’ve traveled the globe experiencing firsthand the devastating consequences of our ongoing global water crisis.

Through our service, we’ve worked worldwide with regional partners and local citizens to help rebuild communities after disaster and conflict. But we came to understand that without access to clean water, none of our mission objectives could be met. Roads could not get paved. Schools could not get built. And communities certainly could not return to health and prosperity.

These are images that are forever burned into our memory. Children who were too sick to attend school. Women who often walked up to 6 hours a day to find water. Infrastructure that was hobbled by poverty and water supplies that were decimated by climate change. The causes of our global water crisis are wide-ranging and differ from region to region. But the effects are always the same.

Individuals cannot thrive. Societies cannot prosper. And overall, it makes the world a lot less safe.

During active duty, we saw time and time again that access to clean water played a central role in many of the conflict and refugee situations that we faced. As veterans, we have become committed to solving the global water crisis because we believe doing so can mitigate so many other risks that our world currently faces.

Our goal as Veterans Without Orders is to serve as the “tip of the spear” for combatting the global water crisis. We have identified home-based water filtration as the solution through which we can have the most immediate impact. On our clean water missions, we carry as many clean water filters as our crowdfunding campaigns can raise. These easy-to-implement and cost-effective filters can produce over 1 million gallons of clean water. That’s enough to sustain 3 families for up to 10 years.

By partnering on-the-ground with local aid organizations, we travel as veteran-led teams to communities anywhere in the world that are suffering from water crisis. We put clean water filters directly in the hands of these who need them most. And we provide training and education to local women, who become active stewards of clean water for their communities.

We have seen with our own eyes the benefits of simple water filtration. Individuals can become healthy. People begin to feel empowered. And communities begin to work together to develop sustainable solutions for their water issues. And that makes for a more peaceful world.

This is the work we spent our military careers performing. It is our passion, and as veterans, it is our cause.

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