WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, today announced they have awarded $2.1 million in grants to organizations also serving injured service members of this generation and their families. Since its inception in 2012, the WWP grant program has funded over 70 different organizations, totaling more than $5 million.
“Now in its second year, we are very proud that the Program Grants have provided support to such a broad spectrum of organizations that are dedicated to meeting the needs of injured service members”
“Now in its second year, we are very proud that the Program Grants have provided support to such a broad spectrum of organizations that are dedicated to meeting the needs of injured service members,” said Steve Nardizzi, executive director, Wounded Warrior Project. “It takes the collaboration and commitment of many organizations to help ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”
The WWP Grants Program was created to bridge gaps in care and services by supporting exceptional nonprofits that provide high-quality, high-touch programming to injured service members in remote or underserved regions. The Program Grants foster teamwork and collaboration by recognizing the critical needs of returning service members and their families and cultivating a network of organizations that collectively strive to provide comprehensive support.
“WWP’s 19 programs and services provide a strong foundation for injured service members throughout their recovery, and by supporting these excellent organizations that provide unique and highly specialized services, we are able to broaden the network and scope of services that are available to them,” Nardizzi said. “The grants will help us collectively reach deeper into underserved communities and offer important specialized services.”
In this fourth round of grants, WWP requested applications from organizations that seek to enhance the lives of post-9/11 wounded veterans through programmatic activities aimed at improving mental health and wellness, exposing warriors to new opportunities for physical fitness and activity, connecting wounded veterans with their peers, and enhancing economic empowerment and independence among wounded veterans – all in an effort to help foster healthy readjustment to civilian life. Interested organizations completed a letter of interest and were subsequently invited to submit a full application and those receiving funds were carefully vetted and chosen based on shared mission, core values, and focus in WWP’s four core program areas: engagement, mind, body, economic empowerment.
It is estimated over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
For more information, and a full list of the grant recipients, please visit with 2013 Grant Recipients Page of the website.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.