SEATTLE, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Invictus Foundation™, a national nonprofit organization providing no cost, face to face individual and family behavioral health counseling services with licensed behavioral health practitioners to military members and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities announces a grant from Union Pacific to scale its Welcome Home Network program and services.
"With more than 10,000 employees at Union Pacific who are veterans, we value the work ethic and team dynamics veterans bring to an organization," said Brock Nelson, director public affairs, Union Pacific. We are proud to support the Invictus Foundation in their efforts to work with veterans and their families."
"Through Union Pacific's generosity we will continue to raise awareness about the psychological impact of war, to reduce stigma, and to raise awareness about the Welcome Home Network's™ services," said Peter J. Whalen, Founder and CEO of the Invictus Foundation.™ "With Union Pacific's continued commitment to this issue, we can extend our efforts to help military members, veterans and their families. This grant will help us continue our work to normalize what our military members, veterans and their families are experiencing and support the sacrifices that they are making by providing critical and confidential behavioral health support at no cost."
The Welcome Home Network's™ licensed volunteer behavioral health professionals are available to active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families who have separated or retired from any branch of military service. The Welcome Home Network™ is also offering services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents--in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current wars.
The principal issues confronting this Community are lack of access, lack of services and finally lack of health care benefits. The first two have nothing to do with health care benefits but rather lack of an understanding of referral sources, fragmentation within the referral sources themselves and the lack of a unified informatics platform specifically designed to help them find the resources. The Invictus Foundation's Welcome Home Network and its informatics platform have been designed to fill that void.
By providing services that are separate from the military establishment, the Welcome Home Network™ offers an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate services. There is no paperwork; no insurance claims need to be filed, and no money changes hands. The Welcome Home Network's™ services are at no cost and there is no limit to the number of sessions one can receive.
About Invictus Foundation™
The Invictus Foundation™ is a nonprofit 501(c) (3), founded in March 2010 by Peter J. Whalen, a career health systems and services executive, in the Seattle, WA. area. Mr. Whalen is also a Vietnam veteran. The Organization is dedicated to meeting the behavioral health needs of our uniformed services personnel, veterans, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Invictus Foundation™ continues to recruit volunteer behavioral health professionals to its Welcome Home Network. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. To learn more, visit www.invictusfoundation.org
Peter J. Whalen
5412 NE 6th Court / Ste 200
Renton, WA 98059-4982
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SOURCE Invictus Foundation