On May 20, 2011, in its ongoing efforts to help women Veterans returning home from service, the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance presented a $250,000 check to Grace After Fire.
The grant will help fund the women Veterans organization’s mission to aid women suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those having a difficult time readjusting to civilian life.
Texas Veterans Commission Executive Director, Tom Palladino, and the Director of the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, Bill Wilson, presented Grace After Fire’s Executive Director, Kim Olson, Director of Operations, Lil Serafine, and Outreach Coordinator, Erica Richardson, a recently discharged Army Medic, with the check at Texas Veterans Commission headquarters in Austin.
"About 10 percent of the U.S. Forces currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq are women," said Wilson.
The population of female Veterans in Texas is expected to reach 163,249 by the end of 2013, and organizations like Grace After Fire will be needed by these women Veterans.
"We are honored by the Texas Veterans Commission’s commissioners and the citizens of Texas who made this generous donation possible and for their support of women Veterans in our community," said Olson.