Swords to Plowshares Celebrates Women’s Military History Week with a $1 Million Grant to Improve Health of California Women Veterans

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Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veterans service agency recently received a $1 million grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) to strengthen health care and improve outreach to women veterans throughout California.

We hope these grants can help organizations better serve the unique needs of women veterans in California.

The veterans organization Swords to Plowshares recently received a $1 million grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) that will be used to strengthen health care services available to women veterans in California.

The first-of-its-kind grant will use the funds to administer a competitive re-grant program for both veteran service agencies and community organizations that are interested in providing services for women veterans throughout California. Swords to Plowshares will begin to accept submissions for Request for Proposals (RFPs) starting on April 1st. The awarded grants will range from $10,000 to $35,000.

“Many people are aware that the standard services for veterans are often not well suited to women,” said Amy Fairweather, director of policy at Swords to Plowshares. “While there do exist sincere providers with the will to address this — they need the right supports to be successful. We hope these grants can help organizations better serve the unique needs of women veterans, while starting a cohesive discussion about women’s health that we hope will inform policymakers seeking to respond to the needs of returning women veterans.”

Swords to Plowshares will also advance their Combat to Community cultural competency training program to a minimum of 80 organizations throughout the state, including grantees. The training will cover unique issues and experiences of women veterans, which includes sexual trauma.

“Our interest in funding Swords to Plowshares project to address the health needs of women veterans is expressive of our long-term grant-making commitment to women’s health,” said Diana M. Bontá, TCWF president and chief executive officer. “Since California is one of the top five states in the nation — in terms of record numbers of women returning from overseas assignments and reuniting with families — the time is right for this project. We hope these grants will allow for agencies to identify some best practices that they can share about meeting the needs of women veterans.”

A Request for Proposals (RFP) with additional details will be released April 1, 2013 on Swords for Plowshares website: http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org

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