HVAF is the recipient of a 55-thousand dollar grant from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The grant will expand HVAF’s ability to provide services to injured service members.
HVAF was one of 11 organizations selected from 250 applications during the grant cycle. The grant will support HVAF’s long-term commitment to post-9/11 wounded veterans by providing legal and career services as well as housing, basic needs, and employment preparation. Grant funds will allow HVAF to serve an additional 50 veterans and 25 family members.
“All of these services work hand-in-hand to increase a veteran’s confidence as well as prepare him/her emotionally to ace an interview or begin a new position,” says HVAF President & CEO Charles Haenlein. “We believe that in order to ensure this generation of injured veterans is successful and well-adjusted, a comprehensive network of community resources must be offered.”
“The WWP grant program allows us to collectively reach deeper into underserved communities and offer important specialized services to injured service members,” said Steve Nardizzi, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project. “Supporting these excellent organizations that provide unique and highly specialized services will help us ensure that this generation of injured service members is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”
In this third year of operation, the WWP Grants Program continues to work with organizations that provide injured service members with unique, specialized programs and services, often in remote areas of the country. During two review cycles each year, WWP carefully selects the grant recipients, and to date has provided support to nearly 80 organizations nationwide.
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.
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About Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) is dedicated to eliminating homelessness for veterans and their families through prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy. HVAF provides transitional housing, case management services, and basic needs to more than 200 veterans and their families daily who are recovering from homelessness. Additional services are offered to those in need through HVAF outreach services. For more information go to hvaf.org or call 317-951-0688.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to 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.