The Detroit Tigers Foundation has announced a $1 million commitment from star pitcher Justin Verlander to launch an initiative that will support the mental health and emotional well-being of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Richmond, Norfolk, and Detroit.
The Wins for Warriors initiative will support successful programs working to help returning veterans with significant mental health challenges along the path toward recovery. The funds from Verlander, who grew up outside Richmond and attended college in Norfolk, will be divided between Give an Hour and The Mission Continues.
Give an Hour, which asks mental health professionals nationwide to donate an hour of their time each week to provide mental health services to military personnel and their families, will use the funds to hire two staffers, in Detroit and the Richmond/Norfolk region, to coordinate services and provide additional mental health support and care to veterans in those communities. The Mission Continues, which awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their lives and directly impact their communities, will use its funds to create three new fellowships, one for each of the three communities.
"The Detroit Tigers organization commends Justin for the launch of his Wins for Warriors program and his overall dedication to veterans and their families in Detroit, Norfolk, and Richmond," said the organization's president, CEO, and general manager, David Dombrowski. "Justin's new initiative is another example of his commitment to helping those veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country."