Major League Baseball has announced grants totaling $12.5 million in support of Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of MLB and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation that helps returning military service members transition to civilian life.
The grants, which include $10 million from MLB and $2.5 million from the McCormick Foundation, will fund the development of new programs and strategies to improve the quality and delivery of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment to veterans and their families, with a particular focus on those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participating institutions include Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, the University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA, and Massachusetts General in Boston.
Later this spring, MLB.com Shop will begin selling New Era caps featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design officially licensed from the U.S. Marine Corps, with the proceeds to be donated to Welcome Back Veterans as part of MLB's $10 million commitment to the initiative.
"Major League Baseball considers it both a privilege and a responsibility to honor and assist our troops in any way we can," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig. "We are proud to support this initiative, and we ask our fans to join us on Memorial Day and beyond in this effort to raise awareness and funds for this important cause."