The Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.4 million in support of programs serving post-9/11 military service members, veterans, and their families.
Grants awarded in the foundation’s focus areas of Education and Employment and Quality of Life will support programs aimed at helping veterans pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations and career opportunities through postgraduate scholarships and professional licensing and certifications. Recipients include Bunker Labs, whose e-learning platform Bunker In a Box offers veterans a self-paced course in entrepreneurship; Hire Heroes USA, which provides employment workshops, one-on-one coaching, and individual job placement assistance to transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses; the Pat Tillman Foundation, which will provide scholarships to nine Tillman Scholars — military veterans and their spouses — pursuing advanced degrees in health care and mental health services; and the Urban Justice Center – Veteran Advocacy Project, which provides free civil legal services to low-income New York City veterans facing denial of benefits, barriers to health care, and eviction.
In the area of Rehabilitation and Recovery, grants will support programs that address adaptive sports, information and resources for those struggling with traumatic brain injury, and improved legal services. Recipients include Growing Veterans, in support of peer-support training and program evaluation, and the Military Wellness Center at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, which provides evidence-based therapy to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"These fall grants comprise a balanced portfolio of fiscally responsible, effective, and innovative programs that align with our mission," said Bob Woodruff Foundation executive director Anne Marie Dougherty. "We’re excited our recipients include both new programs and longstanding partners who, together, help us effectively address our 2017 priorities."
For a list of 2017 fall grant recipients, see the Woodruff Foundation website.