NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Furthering PSEG's commitment to military professionals and veterans, the PSEG Foundation has granted $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and $50,000 to The Headstrong Project to help support the organizations' social work initiatives.
"PSEG is a strong supporter of veteran's services through our employment efforts, resource groups and our commitment to diversity and inclusion," said Ellen Lambert, president- PSEG Foundation. "Our veterans deserve care, funding and services for putting their lives on the line, their dedication and their sacrifice to keep us safe. A grant from our Foundation reinforces our commitment to veterans and service members."
The $50,000 grant to WWP will support their Economic Empowerment (E2) programs, which focus on the education and employment goals of military personnel who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, in connection to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The E2 programs focus on higher education, information technology training, and employment assistance services to provide opportunities in economic empowerment and long-term financial stability. WWP Alumni pay no fees for WWP programs and services - they paid their dues on the battlefield.
"Whether it is online, in a college classroom, or even a vocational setting, an education opens doors for a brighter future," said Randy Plunkett, director of Wounded Warrior Project Education Services. "We're grateful for the support that PSEG Foundation has given us, and the resources their donation will provide to support the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors."
The Headstrong Project's $50,000 grant will support veteran's mental health care services tailored to their clients. Through a partnership with Weill Cornell, The Headstrong Project, a non-profit, provides services dealing with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The personalized approach and treatment has allowed the veterans to overcome issues with alcohol and substance abuse, restored sleep, homelessness, family, martial and relationships, and employment. All services are free of charge and completely confidential and are tailored to the specific need of each patient. The organization serves the tristate area with a large population from Northern New Jersey.
"I am a Ridgewood, N.J. resident and in the spring of 2014, I began my journey of overcoming the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Headstrong Project was the driving force behind my recovery for not only me, but my family," said Chris Wilson, director of strategic growth of The Headstrong Project. "By Dec. 2014, I had become symptom free of PTSD because of the world class treatment program at The Headstrong Project. It's because of companies like PSEG that my family and I never had to worry about a bill. I can live my life to my potential now because of both organizations. I am forever grateful!"
PSEG is ranked 19 on Victory Media's 2016 Top 100 Military Friendly employers. PSEG was recently awarded the Seven Seals Award, the broadest and most inclusive award given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Seven Seals Award is the second highest award of the state committee and is presented to individuals and employers who demonstrate the highest levels of support for service members and veterans. The Seven Seals represent official gratitude from all seven branches of Guard and Reserve service components. The company's support for servicemen and servicewomen is exemplified in many ways. PSEG's VETs employee resource group provides support to veterans, active, guard and reserve professionals. PSEG's Law department provides free legal clinics for veterans and active duty military personnel.
To read more about PSEG's commitment to military personnel, be sure to read this week's PSEG blog at http://energizepseg.com.
About PSEG Foundation
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). The Foundation invests in programs that align with our giving focus areas: Sustainable Neighborhoods, STEM Education, Safety and Preparedness and PSEG Employee Engagement/Volunteerism. The PSEG family of companies also provides funding to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Through our corporate giving, we support dinners and other events across our service and operating territories, as well as sponsorships for sports, arts and entertainment. PSEG (NYSE: PEG) is a diversified energy company based in Newark NJ. PSEG has three main subsidiaries: PSE&G, NJ's largest and oldest combined gas and electric delivery company, PSEG Power, a merchant power generation company and PSEG Long Island, operator of the Long Island Power Authority's transmission and distribution system.
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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.
About The Headstrong Project
The Headstrong Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide cost free, stigma free, and bureaucracy free mental healthcare to post-911, Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. Under the leadership of Executive Director Zachary Iscol, a combat decorated former Marine officer and Iraq veteran of the Battle of Fallujah, and Dr. Ann Beeder, a leading psychiatric and public health expert, The Headstrong Project launched in 2012 with individually tailored treatment plans that range from individual, group and couple's counseling, as well as individual and group alcohol and substance abuse counseling to mind-body modalities. A collaboration between care providers and the veteran seeking help, veterans who have successfully completed treatment are part of the team, advising on veteran engagement, acting as peer navigators and advocates, and taking part in long term strategy development. Services are currently provided at three locations in Manhattan and multiple locations in Southern California, with planned expansion to additional key cities across the U.S. later this year. For more information about The Headstrong Project, please visit www.getheadstrong.org.
SOURCE Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)