The New York City-based Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.3 million to thirty-two organizations working to address the needs of post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families.
Grants were awarded to organizations working to address quality of life issues for veterans, provide legal support for those who have served, engage veterans in healthy activities, and provide respite and support for caregivers and families. Recipients include Swords to Plowshares, whose Veterans Discharge Upgrade Advocacy Project assists veterans who received bad paper discharges for misconduct caused by service-related injuries or trauma, and the Quality of Life Foundation, which provides a range of support tailored to the individual needs of caregivers who care for catastrophically wounded, ill, or injured veterans.
The foundation also awarded education and employment grants focused on the career needs of veterans, especially those with service-related disabilities. Recipients include NPower, which offers training and certification in IT skills, and Team Rubicon, which will provide veterans with professional development opportunities in nonprofit management and disaster response. In addition, rehabilitation and recovery grants were awarded to help increase the number of mental health providers who are qualified to treat post-traumatic stress disorder with evidence-based therapies. Recipients include Emory University and Recovery Resource Council.
"Our mission was born out of an authentic experience that is directly relatable to the community we serve," said Woodruff Foundation executive director Anne Marie Dougherty. "We look at our grantees as a portfolio that we cultivate carefully for impact and sustainability to make a meaningful investment in the lives of our veterans and their families."
For a complete list of recipients, see the Woodruff Foundation website.