In August 2013, Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander announced a commitment of $1 million to launch Wins for Warriors. Wins for Warriors united with other philanthropic leaders in April 2014 when the organization participated in the launch of the White House's Joining Forces Initiative Impact Pledge.
I launched Wins for Warriors with a mission to empower those returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan who stand ready to continue to serve on behalf of all of us. By supporting their well-being and overall behavioral health, we can impact not just their lives but the lives of their family and work to build a healthier community for all.
According to a study by RAND, approximately one-third of those who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will experience Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Depression. This is attributed to more-frequent deployments of greater lengths, with shorter rest periods in between. Their research shows that an individual with any of those conditions is more likely to have other psychiatric problems and to attempt suicide.
The Department of Veterans Affairs released figures showing some statistics:
Wins for Warriors partners with organizations to provide mental health support for veterans and their families, while also using its platform to be part of the national movement to change the conversation and shift focus to the fact that all veterans can be game-changers!
Partnering with Wins for Warriors, Give an Hour continues to staff two positions on the ground in Detroit and the Richmond/Norfolk markets. Moving into the second year of this initiative, they continue to do a deeper dive to support the resiliency and well-being of post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families.
The investment in The Mission Continues will help empower teams of veterans to tackle tough challenges in Detroit and Norfolk, and support a Richmond veteran's six-month service and leadership Fellowship.
Wins for Warriors piloted weekend retreats for military families with young children based on an evidence-based program developed and executed by M-SPAN at the University of Michigan. This project aims to improve the resilience and well-being of Michigan’s military and veteran families.
Collaborating with the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, Wins for Warriors engaged RAND Corporation in a year-long study analyzing gaps and barriers that exist in mental health services for veterans in the Detroit-metro area.
Wins for Warriors supported veteran families from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to stay at Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness for a five-day intensive therapeutic healing retreat.
This group of passionate young leaders who live in the greater Detroit area will not only have the opportunity to take advantage of unique experiences but also impact the lives of local veterans and their families.
More information on the F.A.N. Club coming soon.