There are more than 5,000 families who provide caregiving in the home to a post-9/11 veteran.
Woodbridge, VA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
The Quality of Life Foundation announced today that it will receive a grant in the amount of $165,000 from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
The Quality of Life Foundation serves families of severely wounded, ill or injured veterans who require a daily, substantial amount of caregiving from a family member. The foundation’s Wounded Veteran Family Care Program focuses on meeting quality of life needs for the whole family, with special attention given to the needs of caregivers and children in the household.
The program assigns a family support coordinator to develop a tailored response to each family’s unique situation. That family support coordinator develops solutions through a network of local and national resources or through the outright purchase of a good or service that a family needs. Common examples of underserved needs of caregiving families include: family counseling, educational assistance for children, dental care, home repair, home modifications, lawn care, and emergency financial assistance for unexpected life events.
“We are so very pleased to receive this grant from the Wounded Warrior Project. We will use it to hire additional family support coordinators and expand our services to at least another 30 families – maybe more,” said Executive Director Kim Munoz. “There are more than 5,000 families who provide caregiving in the home to a post-9/11 veteran. This grant allows us to move closer to our goal of reaching those families who are in need of assistance as they transition away from the robust support system within the active duty military community to veteran status and community-based living.”
The Quality of Life Foundation has provided family support services through its Wounded Veteran Family Care Program since 2010. It has assisted 50 caregiving families and provided information and referral services to more than 60 additional veteran families.
“WWP is very proud to be collaborating with so many diverse organizations through our grant program as we understand that only by working together with additional organizations will we be able to meet all of the needs of our Wounded Warriors,” said Steven Nardizzi, executive director, WWP. “We believe in order to ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history we must create a strong network of community resources united in support of them.”
It is estimated over 48,000 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.
About the Quality of Life Foundation
The Quality of Life Foundation is committed to helping families who care for veterans. The foundation supports families who provide a substantial amount of caregiving to a wounded, injured or ill veteran. Quality of life needs are addressed through local and national resources or through the outright purchase of goods and services. To learn more, visit http://www.QoLFoundation.org.
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.