Military veterans returning home from overseas deployments often face a variety of challenges as they reenter civilian life. These challenges may include significant health issues, reconnecting with family, returning to a job or entering the workforce, and adjusting to a different pace of life and work. The Aetna Foundation is honoring veterans by donating over $200,000 in grants to organizations that support veterans and their families, through a special initiative connected to Veterans Day.
“The Aetna Foundation is committed to building a healthier world. That commitment includes creating opportunities for veterans and their families to overcome the challenges they face in reentering civilian life and helping them to lead healthy, fulfilling lives outside the military,” said Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., president, Aetna Foundation.
Among the nonprofits receiving grants as part of this initiative are:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness, in support of its Family Education for Veteran and Military Families program.
- National Organization on Disability, for its Wounded Warriors Careers program.
- Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, to provide funding for a guide dog for a blind veteran.
“The work of the Foundation is just one example of Aetna’s long history of supporting the U.S. military,” added Graham. “In 1917, Aetna helped fund World War I by purchasing and selling millions of dollars of Liberty Bonds. During World War II, Aetna bonded the construction of seven U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers and raised millions for the war chest by supporting bond drives. We’re proud of this legacy of service, and pleased to continue the tradition of supporting those who have sacrificed for our freedom.”
Since 2000, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have donated more than $1.3 million to organizations that support the military and veteran’s causes.