$70 Million Invested, 400+ Grants Awarded, 2.5 Million Veterans & Families Reached
Veterans emerge from the military as highly adaptable team-leaders with technical skills, and problem-solving capabilities accustomed to making decisions under stressful conditions. The right educational supports and access to top-tier universities, can help ensure they become the next generation of civic and business leaders. However, one-third of veterans are first-generation college students who lack the confidence and savvy to navigate higher education with informed choices. Instead, approximately 40 percent of GI Bill tuition payments go to for-profit institutions, and the top eight recipients of GI Bill taxpayer dollars are for-profit colleges. Warrior-Scholar Project introduces veterans to esteemed higher-level academics, ensures they are informed academic consumers, and provides them with academic skills critical for confidence and success. Their community college programming teaches skills to make a successful transition into the classroom and summer programming introduces student veterans to academic life at top tier universities.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
The South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium funded by U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions in military service members and recently discharged veterans. The STRONG STAR Texas Training Initiative launched in 2017 through a grant from the Texas Health and Human Services through its Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program and a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation. With funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, STRONG STAR gained support to expand the Training Initiative from Texas to Nationwide. The Training Initiative trains mental health professionals in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), evidence-based treatments (EBT) for PTSD, and provides consultation for supervision. The most recent BWF to STRONG STAR grant builds on the current STRONG STAR Training Initiative infrastructure by working on innovative strategies to incentivize the delivery of EBT for PTSD to veteran patients and connect veterans with care providers offering EBT.
Animal-Assisted Therapy and Service Dogs in Military Medicine - December 2013
On December 4, 2013, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, in collaboration with the National Intrepid Center for Excellence (NICoE), sponsored a convening on the expanding role of animal-assisted therapy and the use of service dogs in military medicine. Download.
Animal-Assisted Therapy and Service Dogs in Military Medicine – June 2014
On June 12, 2014, the Bob Woodruff Foundation sponsored a second convening on the use of service dogs in treatment protocols for service members and veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Download.