The following program was awarded grants as part of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s second 2020 Expedited Grants Portfolio, addressing urgent needs related to COVID-19.
Emergency Services for Vulnerable Veterans and Families
Service Area: Southern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Hawaii
U.S.VETS works to ensure the successful transition of military veterans and their families by providing permanent and transitional housing, counseling, career development, and comprehensive support. More than 4,000 of the veterans U.S.VETS serves nationwide live in scattered sites outside the primary U.S.VETS residential facilities, and face unique challenges to navigating the landscape of veterans’ services. The economic repercussions of COVID-19 and the social distancing mandates have left veterans facing increased unemployment, financial distress, and disrupted access to basic needs such transportation, food, and mental health services. This NFL-BWF Healthy Lifestyle and Creating Community (HLCC) grant will fund direct assistance, staff time, and telehealth equipment to increase U.S.VETS’ capacity to serve veterans living outside their residential sites. This grant will ensure that at least 3,000 veteran and military households in Southern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Hawaii receive comprehensive supportive services, including financial relief, housing and transportation assistance, case management, and employment and mental health services.