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Bob Woodruff Foundation Awards Major Grant to U.S.VETS

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LOS ANGELES -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Outside the Wire, an innovative program launched in Southern California by U.S.VETS in 2011 to address veterans’ unmet needs for preventative mental health treatment, has been awarded a significant grant by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

“We are honored to receive this grant,” said Stephen Peck, president and CEO of U.S.VETS. “This money will allow us to help more veterans suffering from combat related stress, including many who don’t even know they need the help.”

The Bob Woodruff Foundation works to ensure injured veterans and their families thrive long after they return home. The team at the foundation navigates the maze of over 40,000 nonprofit organizations to find and fund programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work.

This year, Outside the Wire will provide outreach, counseling and referral services to some 500 veterans suffering from service-related psychological injuries, most notably post-traumatic stress.

The program also trains social workers and mental health professionals, broadening the network of providers with expertise to help armed forces personnel, military veterans, and their families manage the pressures of military life and post-war adjustment.

“Receiving a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation is an honor that recognizes the dedication, focus and effectiveness of our staff, volunteers and supporters. As a grant recipient, our organization joins the Bob Woodruff Foundation grantee network, a collaboration of top-tier programs and advocates working to help our heroes on the home front,” said Peck.

You can learn more about the Bob Woodruff Foundation at bobwoodrufffoundation.org. We encourage you to follow @Stand4Heroes on Twitter or like BWF’s page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Stand4Heroes.

Outside the Wire, created with the support from the UniHealth Foundation, The Weingart Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation, works in collaboration with the National Guard, USC School of Social Work, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Long Beach Community College, Santa Monica Community College, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles City College, West Los Angeles City College, El Camino City College, Cerritos Community College, Cypress Community College, and L.A. Technical School.

About U.S.VETS:

United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS) is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk veterans. With 11 facilities in six states and the District of Columbia, U.S.VETS provides vital services such as case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug- and alcohol-free housing to over 3,000 veterans each day.

About The Bob Woodruff Foundation:

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families thrive long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government—diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—to find, fund and shape innovative programs and hold them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $21 million in solutions, reaching more than 1 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the highest level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need them. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.


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