The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owings Mills, Maryland, has announced a new priority funding area focused on providing support for military veterans and their families.
The addition of a Veterans program area, through which the foundation will award up to $2 million this year in the categories of workforce development, physical and mental health, and barrier elimination, represents the first change to the foundation's grantmaking structure since 2005. Among other activities, grants will be awarded to organizations and programs working to provide veterans (and their spouses) with a smooth transition to the workforce; address catastrophic injuries or post-traumatic stress; provide mental health counseling, home rehabilitation, and peer-support programs; and address and remove barriers, including discharge status and legal issues, which may allow individual veterans and/or their families to access housing, employment, medical care, and other benefits.
"The Weinberg Foundation has long supported nonprofits that assist men and women who have served the nation with honor," said board chair Ellen M. Heller. "he foundation believes the extraordinary service experience of these individuals uniquely prepares them to strengthen their communities. Accordingly, this new program area is the next logical step."
"At the Weinberg Foundation, we are reminded almost every day of the tradition and quality of military service," said Rachel Garbow Monroe, president and CEO of the foundation. "In our board room, the photo portrait of former trustee Nathan Weinberg...includes one of his dog tags. He specifically asked that this be done. For us, it is both a special remembrance of Nathan and a tribute to all who served."