Gaurav Shukla
100 Raised Goal 800000

MY APPEAL

The Indian Army is symbolic of the country’s pride and strength, and the contributions of its officers, soldiers and their bravery inspire every Indian. It is often assumed that Defence Personnel either sacrifice their lives while discharging their duties or gracefully retire from the services.

Categories of Ex-service personnel we are focussing on:
• Non-Pensioners/widows: These are Army Personnel who had to take voluntary retirement on compassionate grounds. They are not eligible for pension and thus don't have any financial security. Once they become old, the financial condition of these Ex-soldiers/widows becomes miserable leading to malnutrition, social isolation and at times starvation deaths.

• Pensioners/ widows: This category of Ex-soldiers faces dual challenges of reduction in income (Pension is half of the Salary) and increase in family expenses owing to additional burden of bearing the education expenses of their children, out of pocket cost such as house rent and health related costs of their parents who would be too old to work and add to the family income. These Ex-soldiers in the event of becoming seriously ill or developing a form of disability / Illness post-retirement are not entitled to benefits of Government Schemes developed for Ex- soldiers with Disability.

I am raising funds to support 115 soldiers/widows/children who are being supported every month through various projects of Support Our Heroes. By making a contribution, you will help our soldiers live a life full of dignity; it is time to "SERVE THOSE WHO SERVED THE NATION" 🇮🇳

To support expenses of a Pithu ration kit for 1 Non-pensioner Ex-soldier/widow for 1 month = INR 1,250
To support expenses of a a Pithu ration kit for 1 Non-pensioner Ex-soldier/widow for 1 year = INR 15,000

To support a Non-pensioner Ex-soldier's medical expenses for 1 month = INR 2,000
To support a Non-pensioner Ex-soldier's medical expenses for 1 year = INR 24,000

To support educational expenses of a child of Ex-soldier for 1 month = INR 2,500
To support educational expenses of a child of Ex-soldier for 1 year = INR 30,000

RAISING FUNDS FOR

Support Our Heroes
'Support Our Heroes (SOH)" is being run by highly decorated Ex-Defence Officers of all three forces i.e. Army, Navy & Air Force and working as a support system for the families of martyrs, disabled soldiers, needy non-pensioner veterans and their families. These beneficiaries are helped through various projects which are listed below:

a) Project PITHU aims to provide monthly rations for life to destitute and old non-pensioners/their widows
b) Project SAKSHAM aims to support children's education
c) Project SASHAKT aims to financially empower and provide livelihood opportunities to the widows of Ex-servicemen/needy veterans and their dependents
d) Project SEHAT aims to pay health-related costs for destitute and old non-pensioners/their widows
e) Project INSANIYAT aims to provide humanitarian assistance to Soldiers & their families as well as downtrodden people in the society

We have reached 250+ beneficiaries through these projects to bring a renewed sense of belonging, purpose and independence to their lives. SOH is operating PAN India for the Defence Community.

MY SUPPORTERS

A big thank you to all those who have donated on this page.

Gaurav Shukla

ABOUT ME

I am Gaurav Shukla, Co-Founder of Support Our Heroes (SOH) NGO and a proud son of 1999 Kargil war veteran who served Indian Army for 28 years. I am a post-graduate in TV Production & Journalism and have worked with renowned Production Houses in Mumbai and a lot of well-known Social Welfare Organisations in different parts of India before finally starting SOH which is working as a support system for the families of martyrs, disabled soldiers, needy non-pensioner veterans and their families.

MY GALLERY

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