The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) announced today that they will receive a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
This grant will allow the UCLA NFRC to help strengthen families with a wounded warrior who was injured in the line of duty since September 11, 2001 in innovative ways. Through the organization’s TeleFOCUS initiative, they will use videoconferencing technologies to facilitate “meetings” for families and couples with a FOCUS Family Resilience trainer to learn core resilience skills.
“We are grateful to the Wounded Warrior Project for funding this unique program to bring FOCUS Family Resilience Training™ to our Service Members and Veterans dealing with the challenges of the wounds of war,” says UCLA NFRC Director, Dr. Patricia Lester. “We are honored to have the opportunity to help strengthen returning warriors and their families using innovative technology to reach families in a way that is convenient to them."
The UCLA NFRC is dedicated to bridging the gap between program research and the dissemination of best practices for promoting wellness and mitigating distress in families facing challenges. Their team has served more than half a million children, families and community members through a range of service, education, clinical and training programs.
“As the WWP grant program enters its second year, we are very proud to help support such a broad spectrum of organizations that are working to meet the needs of injured service members,” said Steven Nardizzi, executive director, WWP. “It takes the collective effort and commitment from many organizations to help ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”
It is estimated that over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
About the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center
The mission of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center is to bridge the gap between research and practice to help families become more resilient in the face of challenges. Each UCLA NFRC initiative is grounded in rigorous science, which is then translated into accessible programming to enhance health and well-being for families. Not only does the UCLA NFRC provide direct services to families, but they also connect clinicians, educators, and families to the latest in behavioral research about family functioning and resiliency. For more information about the UCLA NFRC, visit http://nfrc.ucla.edu or www.facebook.com/UCLANFRC
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.