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.
Texans Helping Texans is a service developed by Grace After Fire to provide supportive services for Veterans and their families. As home to the second most active duty military families in the nation, Texas has a responsibility to support military families, welcome military members home when they return and ease their transition back to stateside service.
Texans Helping Texans hopes to address gaps in behavioral health services for these individuals, by providing referrals and links to resources in the following areas:
Texans Helping Texans is a program made by possible by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving Veterans and their families. Funding for these grants comes from a portion of Veterans scratch-off lottery ticket sales.Texas Veterans Commission: www.tvc.state.tx.ustoll free: 1-800-252-VETS (8387)
Grace After Fire women work on the Habitat for Humanity build in Weatherford, Texas, April 2011.
Thank you Bell Helicopter, for your continued support of our organization.On April 26, 2011, Bell Helicopter presented Grace After Fire with a check for $25,000.
Learn more about Grace After Fire sponsorship opportunities.
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