$42 Million Invested, 300+ Grants Awarded, 2.5 Million Veterans & Families Reached
The Bob Woodruff Foundation and PsychArmor Institute (PAI) have embarked on the process of building a suite of free online courses for volunteers that make it possible for any civilian volunteer who works with veterans and their families to improve their level of military and veteran cultural competency, at a time and pace that meets their needs. PAI's and BWF’s volunteer-focused online trainings range from foundational courses such as "Volunteering with Veterans with Invisible Wounds of War", to those that are targeted to meet specific needs, such as "How to Interact with a Service Animal". PAI's energy, relationships with leading subject matter experts from both the public and private sector, and national reach, led the Bob Woodruff Foundation to this investment.
Farmer Veteran Coalition
The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) provides veterans the opportunity to succeed in farming and as agricultural leaders through education, training and collaboration. The Bob Woodruff Foundation identified FVC in it’s first year - 2008 - and has invested in the farming operations of 87 wounded, injured, or ill post-9/11 veterans. The peer support network and financial assistance provided by FVC helps veterans successfully transition through the beginning years of farming. BWF also partnered with FVC and Drake University to provide the first of its kind conference: bringing community stakeholders, congressional members, and agriculture professionals together to create a dynamic dialogue and improve farming for communities at large.
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.