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University of Phoenix alum’s MilVet Named 2021 Nonprofit of the Year by the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce

By Sharla Hooper

Alumni recognized for her work in supporting active service members, veterans and their families

The Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce has announced MilVet as the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year for their work in supporting military families.

MilVet.Org was founded by Raven Hilden, a 2014 graduate of University of Phoenix. Hilden, a military spouse, started the 501c3 nonprofit to help hundreds of veteran families and thousands of deployed military men and women around the world. Her organization’s work includes a military care package program for deployed troops, support for military families, help for veterans reintegrating back into society once they return home, and rehabilitation and therapy programs for veterans in need, at no cost.

“Receiving this award is a huge honor, including being in the company of other nonprofits doing such amazing work, like Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, Elks Lodge, American Legion and more,” said Hilden, Founder and CEO of MilVet. “I am so proud of our MilVet team and volunteers that work tirelessly and pour their heart and soul into their work. Our success is possible because of them, our amazing community, the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber and all of our supporters.”

Hilden knows, firsthand, the unique struggles military families face. Her husband served eight years in the United States Marine Corps and has a partial amputation due to injuries he sustained while in service. Her son-in-law also served as an Army paratrooper and is disabled due to service-related injuries.

Hilden was also the recipient of the 2020 Major Fannie Griffin-McClendon Scholarship from University of Phoenix and The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Foundation. The scholarship program supports military families in pursuit of higher education and helped Hilden to complete her bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management at University of Phoenix.

About University of Phoenix

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About MilVet™

MilVet is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to connecting the community to local, low-cost and free comprehensive resources through community organizational outreach and providing philanthropic programs to enrich the lives of veterans, seniors, and families in the community. 

About the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce

The Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce has a mission to champion, engage, and promote a dynamic and fun business community in Southwest Riverside County. For more information, please visit