The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $2 million in support of efforts to help post-9/11 veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life.
Awarded through the foundation's Mental Health & Well-Being initiative, the grants include $750,000 over two years to Sesame Workshop to create and evaluate an initiative that supports the stability and well-being of transitioning families with young children; $705,375 over eighteen months to The Mission Continues to expand a program through which veterans volunteer on projects that address needs in their local communities; and $552,500 to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to launch an Online Peer Support Community Program as part of the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network and provide a structured digital social support environment for caregivers.
"These caregivers, America's hidden heroes, far too often find themselves isolated and alone in their caregiving duties, creating negative consequences for themselves and their families," said Lynda Davis, director of the TAPS Caregiver Network. "With the generous grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, TAPS will be able to connect thousands of these caregivers, without regard to location or time, to the proven benefits of peer support."
"We believe this generation of veterans will be remembered not just for the challenges they've faced, but for the impact they will make in their communities when they come home," said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. "The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is helping us to build evidence of the positive impact of veterans' continued service in their local communities — both on the veteran and on community needs. We are fortunate to have an experienced research partner in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation investing in the mental health initiative and enabling us to scale our programs to positively demonstrate the effects of continued service on veterans’ reintegration."