FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tony Mino, Executive Director, Killeen Armed Services YMCA, (254) 634-5445
Newman’s Own Foundation, the Armed Services YMCA and the Fisher House Work Together to Impact 12,772 Military and their Families Nationwide
Killeen, TX- August 21st, 2012- In 2011, Newman’s Own Foundation awarded the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) a $300,000 grant, facilitated by Fisher House, to serve military families thru 2012.
The grant provides family support for 12,772 Military Families nationwide during a two year period by offering relief with free programs, services and emergency support. The ASYMCA distributed program grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to support programs at eight ASYMCA locations serving Marine and Army families. 12,772 Military and their families were impacted by the generous donation from Newman’s Own Foundation with program support from the Armed Services YMCA and Fisher House.
A Case from the Killeen ASYMCA of a Military Family Impacted by the Grant:
Killeen ASYMCA (Fort Hood), Texas
The Army’s largest post saw a record-high number of soldiers commit suicide during the last 3 years, despite a mental health effort aimed at reversing the trend. Fort Hood now has one of the largest counseling staffs in the Army with over 170 behavioral health workers. Although this is a big step in helping the soldiers and their families to overcome their post deployment difficulties, it is still not enough. Many of the 46,500 soldiers at Fort Hood have served in war zones several times and some are still deploying. The Army believes that problems relating to combat strains and family separation often surface during the months immediately after a soldier comes home. The Strong Bonds Program has been an invaluable asset to helping families reunite and become whole again. And, families with the greatest risk for failed relationships get the greatest benefit from participating in these retreats. In the final report on the success of the Strong Bonds Program sponsored by the Fort Hood Chaplain’s Office, Chaplain Thompson states that the support they received from the Killeen Armed Services YMCA, made possible by Fisher House and the Newman’s Own Foundation grant, has been invaluable, helping to support and offset the cost on more than 75 events providing ministry and support to over 3500 Soldiers and family members.
Free ASYMCA programs target junior enlisted and their families, who are typically younger and have more financial and emotional burdens without nearby family to assist. As of June, 2012, the entire $300,000 grant has been expended to provide relief for thousands of military and their families. Direct support has included: emergency assistance, respite for medical issues, summer camp opportunities for low income families, diapers, groceries, car repairs, emergency housing, house fires, and support for travel and respite for families of the fallen and wounded warriors.
Armed Services YMCA CEO Mike Landers is thrilled with the impact that the Newman’s Own Foundation support continues to make for military families. “We thank our friends at Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous donation, as well as the Fisher House for facilitating the Newman’s Own Foundation award. We are proud to partner to make military life easier for military families through innovative programs that pay it forward and eliminate or mitigate problems before they become insurmountable.”
“Newman’s Own Foundation is proud to support the Armed Services YMCA,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “During this period in our nation’s history, we feel it is especially important to support organizations that serve military personnel and their families, in a way which hopefully will draw the attention of others to step forward and express their gratitude to all who serve.”
For the 6th consecutive year, the Armed Services YMCA was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011. The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Please visit www.www.asymca.org to learn more.
The Fisher House is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Please visit www.fisherhouse.org to learn more.
Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net royalties and profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $350 million to thousands of charities around the world. Please visit www.newmansownfoundation.org to learn more.
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