The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) will annually celebrate a Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Week, during the week that includes Veterans Day.
In honor of submarine shipmates who gave their lives for their country, Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Week will provide a special period, around Veterans Day, where Submarine Veterans from USSVI Bases (chapters) will bring comfort and joy to sick children.
The USSVI has over 13,000 members in 162 USSVI Bases in the continental U.S., and Hawaii (www.USSVI.org). Year round, U.S. submarine veterans visit children in children’s hospitals, cancer hospitals, hospices, child psychiatric facilities, Ronald McDonald Houses, camps for children with medical challenges...in essence, any place where a child is medically challenged. During the visits they make the children Honorary Submariners. (Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Video: http://www.youtube.com/embed/DaHOrDe4U5E)
The goal of the Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Program is to bring smiles to children battling challenging medical conditions, anywhere they are being treated. US Submarine Veterans voluntarily do this by giving these children caring attention, Honorary Submariner caps, certificates, photos of submarines and submarine related items during visits. Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) is a USSVI “community outreach” program that seeks to let communities know that Submarine Veterans are their neighbors, and what Submariners have done to protect the United States of America.
The Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Program is part of the United States Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation (USSVCF). The USSVCF is the charitable arm of USSVI. It was formed to further the creed and purpose of the USSVI by assuming the responsibility of some USSVI activities which are charitable in nature. The USSVI Creed and purpose, in part, is to “Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country.”