WINS FOR WARRIORS PROGRAMS
Growing up outside of Richmond, Va., and pitching for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Justin was surrounded by two of the largest military populations in the country.
Reports indicate that as many as one in three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who experience combat will eventually experience significant mental health challenges. Sadly, many don't seek help because of the stigma associated with receiving mental health care. Our goal is to help erase the stigma around veterans and their families who seek mental health services and join together to provide the support they need.
Wins for Warriors is devoted to sustaining successful programs that work with veterans and their families along the process of recovery, because one size does not fit all. Over the next year, funds will be distributed to two best-in-class national organizations that have the expertise to have a long-term impact on this population in the target markets.
Give an Hour asks mental health professionals nationwide to literally donate an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. The organization currently has nearly 7,000 providers nationwide who have already donated 94,000 hours of service, valued at $9.4 million. Partnering with Wins for Warriors, Give an Hour will launch two new positions on the ground in Detroit and the Richmond/Norfolk markets to target these regions in order to coordinate services and provide additional mental health support and care to the military communities there. The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. The organization has been successful in dramatically improving the well-being of veterans, helping them develop a sense of purpose and identity outside of military service. Partnering with Wins for Warriors, three new fellowships will be created, one from each of the three target regions.
Wins for Warriors had during the development of the program the support of many expert advisors who will continue to provide counsel in the future, including Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive officer and founder, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Jeff Underwood, president, Lakeshore Foundation.
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