EAU CLAIRE, Wis., June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Dairyland E.O.C. has received a grant from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide financial counseling services to veterans in Buffalo, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau counties in western Wisconsin. WWP's Grant Program, now in its fourth year, is expanding the availability of programs and services that provide support to this generation of injured service members.
Western Dairyland's Financial Counseling Program provides group workshops and one-on-one mentoring in budgeting, basic banking, managing credit, avoiding money traps, and fighting debt. The key component to the program is one-on-one mentoring. Depending on the client's needs, this may consist of a one-time meeting or a program that lasts several months.
"We've helped hundreds of low-income families with financial counseling services during the past five years, and this funding from Wounded Warrior Project will allow us to expand our program to assist the brave men and women in our communities who have proudly served our country," said Anna Cardarella, executive director at Western Dairyland E.O.C.
Western Dairyland is a private, non-profit community action agency established June 6, 1966, under the Economic Opportunity Act, to help disadvantaged individuals in western Wisconsin. The agency's mission is to alleviate poverty-related conditions and provide opportunities that enable people to advance economically and socially.
"Working together with these excellent organizations, we are expanding and strengthening the network of support we can provide to our warriors, free of charge," said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer at WWP. "Side by side with WWP, our grant recipients are creating and deploying critically needed, specialized programs and services across the country, ensuring that no warrior falls through the cracks."
WWP focuses on providing grants to organizations that operate in underserved areas or provide services outside the scope of WWP's 20 free programs and services. Western Dairyland was selected as a grant recipient because it delivers services that address economic empowerment, a funding priority that WWP selected based on direct feedback from injured veterans in WWP's Annual Alumni Survey. Since 2010, WWP has been using survey data to identify gaps in existing services and support. The results help WWP gauge the top issues that injured veterans, their families, and caregivers struggle with as they transition from military to civilian life.
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 (PTSD).
For more information on WWP's Grant Program and a description of the grant recipients, please visit 2015 WWP Grant Program.
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About Western Dairyland Community Action Agency
Western Dairyland Community Action Agency is a non-profit human services organization serving Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties. The agency was established in 1966 to alleviate poverty related conditions and provide opportunities that enable people to advance economically and socially. More information is available at www.westerndairyland.org/
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.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project