by Steve Peck
President & CEO
I’m proud to announce that Outside the Wire, an innovative program we launched in Southern California in 2011 to address veterans’ unmet needs for preventative mental health treatment, has been awarded a significant grant by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
The grant allows U.S.VETS to expand this highly effective program and help veterans in community colleges who might not even know they need the help.
As you might know, 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 adjustments.
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.
I invite you to learn more about the Bob Woodruff Foundation at bobwoodrufffoundation.org and encourage you to follow @Stand4Heroes on Twitter or like the foundation’s page on Facebook at 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.