San Diego, CA – April 24, 2017 – Coinciding with National Volunteer Week, PsychArmor Institute and the Bob Woodruff Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the free online School for Volunteers Who Support Veterans. With an initial offering of nine courses, the new school promises to be the leading educational resource for volunteer organizations serving or working with veterans.
“Individuals in the military community have not only developed skills through their years of service, but have also demonstrated their desire to give back to their communities. It is critical for volunteer organizations to have the educational resources to help them establish a welcoming environment for these ready and able contributors,“ said Marjorie Morrison, PsychArmor CEO and founder. “The courses provided within this school will help volunteers from all walks of life understand and engage with the service members and veterans they encounter in their communities.”
The institute recruited national subject matter experts to create and deliver the training that ranges from foundational courses such as “Supporting Someone with Invisible Wounds” to those that are targeted to meet specific needs, such as “Recreational Volunteer Opportunities with Disabled Veterans.”
Beyond helping volunteers who serve veterans, the courses are also beneficial for organizations that have a number of veterans as members.
As detailed in the 2016 Veteran Civic Health Index, veterans serve an average of 169 volunteer hours a year – 25 percent more than their civilian peers. In addition, the same report noted nearly 11 percent of veterans worked with their neighbors to fix community problems compared to 7.6 percent of non-veterans.
“At the Bob Woodruff Foundation, we are dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 service members, veterans, families and caregivers thrive after service,” said Dr. Margaret Harrell, director of programs and partnerships at the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Partnering with PsychArmor and sponsoring this school is a continuation of the Bob Woodruff Foundation investment to ensure positive outcomes for this population. These courses give volunteer organizations the resources they need to succeed.”
All PsychArmor courses are available online, to anyone, free of charge. Organizations interested in hosting PsychArmor courses within their organization should contact PsychArmor Partnership Manager Perri Storey via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About PsychArmor Institute
PsychArmor Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit providing free education and support to all Americans who work, live, or care for military veterans and their families. PsychArmor recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver online courses on issues related to veterans and their families. In addition, our “Helping You Help Veterans” support line provides continual assistance and vetted resources to civilians, ensuring they are armed with the tools needed to effectively assist military veterans and their families. For more information about PsychArmor, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@PsychArmor), or visit PsychArmor.org.
About the Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $38 million to find, fund, and shape programs that have empowered more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, service members and their families. For more information, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.