The Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced the launch of a $7.25 million initiative to help caregivers of severely injured post-9/11 veterans.
The initiative includes $6.25 million to support caregivers registered with the organization's Independence Program, which assists approximately seven hundred veterans with moderate to severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or a neurological condition and their families. WWP will award $2.25 million in direct grants of $3,000 each to caregivers who provide continuous care and support to the most severely injured warriors, while a $4 million investment in expanded direct support and programming for caregivers will help underwrite the cost of wellness programs, increased access to mental health care, respite services, opportunities to interact with other caregivers, and the purchase of personal protective equipment.
In addition, WWP will award $1 million to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to provide thirty-five thousand hours of relief for caregivers.
"Caregivers mean so much to the most seriously wounded, ill, and injured warriors that have borne the heavy burden from two decades of continuous war," said WWP chief executive Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. "Many leave careers and surrender personal time to become caregivers, especially those who care for warriors in the Wounded Warrior Project Independence Program. We are humbled by their selfless sacrifice. The immediate support we are providing will help them take better care of themselves, today and in the future, so that they can better care for our nation's heroes."
(Photo credit: Wounded Warrior Project)