CATCH A LIFT was started as a memorial to Cpl. Chris Coffland and founded on his lifelong philosophy that through physical fitness you can achieve your highest potential for a healthy mind and body.
His dedication and mindfulness to physical fitness was part of a daily regimen his entire life. He actively encouraged others to participate as well, so that they could lead a healthier and well balanced life.
Everyday Coffland would say "I'm goin' catch a lift"; his way of saying, he was off to the gym. In keeping with Coffland's commitment to fitness and his dedication to the wellness of others, CAL will assist wounded veterans to become physically and mentally fit again through gifted gym memberships.
To help wounded post 9-11 service members start and maintain their healing process, both mentally and physically, through physical fitness by providing them with gifted gym memberships anywhere in the United States.
- Research has shown that early intervention through physical fitness results in successful rehabilitation for wounded veterans.
- Over 48,000 veterans have been wounded post 9-11.
- Regular exercise helps control your weight, reduces the risk of heart disease, strengthens bones and muscles and improves mental health.
- Since December 2010, 654,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated at VA Hospitals and clinics. That is a new patient every 5 minutes.
WHAT DOES CATCH A LIFT DO?
For wounded veterans post 9-11, CATCH A LIFT will pay for yearly gym memberships. If the wounded veteran's injury requires assistance, they may choose a "buddy" to assist them at the gym and the "buddy's VA CAREGIVER APPROVED" yearly membership will be paid for as well. CATCH A LIFT will also provide in-home gym equipment, if the vet is unable to attend a gym. See IN-HOME GYM for more information.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Make a donation. Donations are our largest source of funding. You can donate easily on our secured DONATIONS page at any time. For your convenience, donations can be made through our secured payment link, using a credit or debit card. Checks can be mailed as well. Catch A Lift is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization, TAX ID#27-3901149.
Become a volunteer. You can volunteer by becoming a wounded veteran's workout buddy, sponsoring a fundraising event or participating in a fundraising event. Click on our VOLUNTEER page and become involved today.
Become a Corporate Sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting CORPORATE SPONSORS.
CATCH A LIFT is a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit organization, TAX ID#27-3901149. After your donation is submitted, your confirmation will be sent and act as your receipt. Please print confirmation and retain for your tax records.
How to Apply
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any wounded or injured veteran, service member, that has been honorably discharged or retired military personnel that has served in the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars can apply. Wounded veterans from all service branches are eligible.
A copy of the DD214 Form and the VA % disability/description award letter is required and MUST be submitted along with the application. ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE APPLICATION TO BE ACCEPTED. YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED UNLESS ALL DOCUMENTS ARE SENT TOGETHER!
.Decisions regarding gifted memberships are made following the CATCH A LIFT board's careful consideration of the request and the level of funds available at the time of application.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Any wounded veteran may apply or someone can apply on his or her behalf. Begin the application process by downloading the PDF form on the APPLICATION page or email email@example.com to have an application faxed or mailed to you. Complete the application, include a copy of the DD214 Form and the VA % disability/description award letter. Forms MUST be submitted along with the application. ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE APPLICATION TO BE ACCEPTED OR PROCESSED. For In-Home Gym Equipment please download the application at IN-HOME-GYM, fill out completely and when submitting include the DD214 Form and the VA % disability/description award letter as well. Please submit for review.
WHAT GYM CAN I USE?
Any gym in the United States may be chosen by the veteran. It is the veteran's responsibility to provide the gym information and contact person on the application form. CATCH A LIFT will pay the yearly membership for the wounded veteran and buddy VA CAREGIVER APPROVED if needed, in compliance with the gyms and CATCH A LIFT's criteria. See GYMS ACROSS AMERICA.