Initiatives - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Our Ongoing Thought Leadership

We identify, pursue, and champion those areas of need that are most critical to the population we serve.

Stand SMART for Heroes

The Bob Woodruff Foundation is proud to partner with best-in-class scientific organizations to provide important research findings to the community of organizations that represent and serve post-9/11 veterans, service members, families, and caregivers.

Bridging the Gap: How Existing Systems of Care Can Collaborate to Address Homelessness Among Veterans

Tackling the Terms: Baseline Definitions for Equine-Assisted Services

Emergency Financial Assistance: Best Practices

Shared Decision Making for PTSD Treatment

Using Medical-Legal Partnership to Reduce Barriers to Veteran Health and Wellbeing

Reading Between the Posts: How to Use Social Media Patterns to Identify Veterans At Risk for Suicide

New Treatment Opportunities from Genetic Markers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Susceptibility and Risk

Original Research

Stand SMART for Heroes

The Bob Woodruff Foundation is proud to partner with best-in-class scientific organizations to provide important research findings to the community of organizations that represent and serve post-9/11 veterans, service members, families, and caregivers.

Bridging the Gap: How Existing Systems of Care Can Collaborate to Address Homelessness Among Veterans

Tackling the Terms: Baseline Definitions for Equine-Assisted Services

Emergency Financial Assistance: Best Practices

Shared Decision Making for PTSD Treatment

Using Medical-Legal Partnership to Reduce Barriers to Veteran Health and Wellbeing

Reading Between the Posts: How to Use Social Media Patterns to Identify Veterans At Risk for Suicide

New Treatment Opportunities from Genetic Markers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Susceptibility and Risk

More Research

Explore our complete research archive

Bridging the Gap: How Existing Systems of Care Can Collaborate to Address Homelessness Among Veterans
Housing is more than just shelter – it is the foundation for a stable, healthy life. Unfortunately, we know that a disproportionate number of veterans experience homelessness. The National Coalition… Read More
Assessing and Improving Community Support for Veterans
This white paper analyzes and summarizes the “checkpoints” that were distributed to the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s network of over 100 local partner collaboratives, representing more than 3,000 organizations across the… Read More
Community Collaboration For America’s Veterans: Insights From The Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Local Partner Self-Assessment Tool
When veterans transition out of military service and face new challenges, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution waiting to greet them. The communities they come home to play a major role… Read More
Community Collaboration for America’s Veterans: Insights from the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Local Partner Self-Assessment Tool
The Bob Woodruff Foundation manages the largest national nongovernmental network of organizations and stakeholders supporting veterans’ wellness. We support our growing network of BWF “Local Partners” (LPs) through a combination… Read More
Veterans and COVID-19: Projecting the Economic, Social, and Mental Health Needs of America’s Veterans
The Bob Woodruff Foundation has published an original research paper analyzing the specific needs of the veteran community as it relates to COVID-19. This paper details the potential acute and… Read More

VIVA – Veterans In Vitro InitiAtive

Supporting programs that help veterans begin a family is rooted in the Bob Woodruff Foundation mission – to find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help veterans, service members, and their families thrive. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is proud to have funded more than 30 veterans since we initiated the VIVA Fund in 2016.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) works in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to inform veterans with service-connected fertility challenges of the various fertility benefits and services available to them. When the VA-funded program is not appropriate for a veteran, BWF may provide up to $5,000 funding to veterans eligible for the BWF Veterans In Vitro InitiAtive (VIVA) Fund.

High Impact Collaboration™ Convenings

The Bob Woodruff Foundation hosts a series of High Impact Collaboration™ convenings on a range of issues that can drive change. The convenings are designed to spotlight leading-edge advances in select fields and to generate strategic partnerships among government, military, nonprofit and corporate stakeholders that have the capacity to support our mission.

Convening Reports

Catch up on reports from our High Impact Collaboration™ convenings!

Medical-Legal Partnership – May 2019

This High Impact Collaboration™ event brought together 85 professionals, including practitioners involved in 23 medical-legal partnerships at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, leadership from Departments of Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services, and advocates working to drive policy impacting our nation’s veterans and military-connected families and caregivers.

Intimacy After Injury

Therapeutic Advances to Alleviate the Devastating Impact of War Injury on Fertility and on Physical and Emotional Intimacy.

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).

Adaptive Sports Training & Certification Programs

During the past year Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire, with support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, conducted a study of the sanctioned training available to and utilized by adaptive sports programs, their volunteers, instructors, and coaches.

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.

Upcoming Events

May 23

The inaugural Bob Woodruff Foundation Veterans Classic Golf Outing will be held on Monday, May 23 at Westhampton Country[…]

Jun 15

will bring together community leaders and will be a hands-on experiential day focused on connections, communications, and problem solving within the veteran support space. http://www.GotYour6Summit.com