FOR RELEASE June 4, 2020
Humana Military supports military families through sponsorship of programs at Armed Services YMCA
Humana Military provides sponsorship of two essential programs at Fort Bragg: Children’s Waiting Room and Food Pantry.
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — Humana Military continues to show their dedication to military families throughout the country, most recently with support of the Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg. The support comes in the form of the essential assistance families need to cope with the challenges posed by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The two programs Humana Military has pledged to support are Children’s Waiting Room, a child watch service allowing Service Members and their families to attend scheduled appointments without the costs and challenges of coordinating child care outside the hospital, and the Food Pantry, which provides non-perishable items to support food insecure military families.
“We are humbled by the support of Humana Military here at Fort Bragg,” Jack Clevesy, Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg, said. “Their support helps to ensure that Service Members, typically those rank E6 and below, can focus on combat readiness and not be concerned about the health and nutrition of their spouses and families at home.”
Humana Military's Chief Operating Officer and Retired Air Force Colonel Neil Mullaney expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to partner with the Armed Services YMCA, saying "It means a lot to Humana Military to be able to contribute to the important work of this organization that aligns well with our vision to enrich the lives of those we serve and support our national security. We believe there is a strong connection between the health of our military families and the readiness of our force, and in these especially difficult times for our nation, we are honored to be able to do our part to lift up the families of our service members in need."
“Without partnership we just cannot get done the things that we are doing for our military and for our families. The mission of the Armed Services YMCA is to Strengthen our Military Families. To provide means for them to become more resilient and enable more readiness,” said Armed Services YMCA Chief Operating officer and Chief Programs Officer, Retired Rear Admiral Charlie Williams. He continued on to share the importance of Children’s Waiting Room stating, “Any veteran out there has heard from spouses the challenges of going to the hospital with young children to meet their own medical needs. That’s why we started Children’s Waiting Room, to do just that.”
The Food Pantry at the Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg began in September 2019 and has continued to grow in demand since opening. Prior to the Coronavirus families were able to stop by the office of Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg during business hours to pick up needed food and personal hygiene items. Since late March 2020, military and veteran families complete an online form to request support and are provided items based on their family size. The entire process is contactless, but ensures those in need receive the vital support necessary. “Since late March utilization of the Food Pantry has grown roughly 40% due to military spouse unemployment growing due to the Coronavirus and as families now feed their children three meals a day from home,” said Jack Clevesy. “Humana Military’s support of the Food Pantry helps to ensure no family stationed at Fort Bragg goes hungry and that our military families continue receiving the support and services they need.”
ABOUT ARMED SERVICES YMCA: The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves currently serving military members and their families. In 2018, we engaged 3 more than 225,000 people in our programs and delivered nearly 1 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.