SAFE Veteran Wellness Program
SAFE Project is creating, through funding and support from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Walmart, a Veteran-Adult Prevention and Wellness Program.
About the Program
SAFE Project is creating, through funding and support from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Walmart, a Veteran-Adult Prevention and Wellness Program. The program, which focuses on military veterans and their families who have experienced a substance use disorder or mental health condition, will be designed by veterans for veterans with an emphasis on women.
This front-end wellness program aims to promote resilience for post-9/11 veterans (ages 18-65). It will also encourage participants to seek help where there is a risk for substance use, mental health, and co-occurring challenges (PTSD, MST, TBI, and illness).
“SAFE Project is very excited about our partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project and Walmart. I believe this grant gives us a great opportunity to ask veterans what they want from training and then build an evidence-based program to meet their needs,” – Bill Pinamont, Director, SAFE Veterans.
Funded by WWP, over the past few months, SAFE Project has been conducting focus groups, interviews, and surveys in order to develop this comprehensive Veterans Prevention and Wellness Program. The current work, being performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas, will help SAFE Project understand the specific needs of veterans with the goal of improving their mental health, resilience, and wellness.
On Veterans Day 2020, SAFE Project announced a new partnership with Walmart to support programs that aid military veterans and their families in dealing with substance dependence and mental health challenges. Walmart’s funding support is allowing SAFE Project to add a third pilot program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will kick-off in November 2020 with a virtual focus group and will roll-out more broadly in the summer of 2021. The market was selected because of its large veteran population – there are approximately 400,000 veterans living in the Philadelphia metro area with a significant number of reserve military personnel as well as active duty at nearby Joint Base MDL in New Jersey – as well as the strong presence of agencies and resources that can provide long-term help. Other local partners that will be involved include Drexel University Office of Veteran Student Services, a TOP TEN Military Friendly school, Travis Manion Foundation and Saint Joseph’s University Office of Veterans Services.
All three Prevention and Wellness pilots will be used to establish a baseline for future cohorts.