Nov. 11, 2020
SAFE Project and Walmart Join Together to Support Military Veterans and their Families in Combatting Substance Dependence and Mental Health Challenges
As the nation honored all those who served in the United States military on Veterans Day, 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.
“We are proud to support SAFE Project’s work to offer high-quality resources designed for and by veterans,” said Lisa Smith, Senior Director, Walmart Health & Wellness.
The Prevention and Wellness program targets veterans who have struggled with or are at risk of substance dependence or mental health challenges. The program will equip veterans with tools for reducing internal and external stigma for help-seeking, reducing the likelihood of substance dependence, increasing productivity, reducing stress, and improving mental well-being. Walmart’s funding support is allowing SAFE Project to conduct a pilot program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will kick-off this month with a virtual focus group and will roll-out more broadly in the summer of 2021.
“We are excited to expand our work with Walmart to reach the veteran community. With their support, we have a great opportunity to ask veterans what they want from training and then build an evidence-based program to meet their specific needs,” said Bill Pinamont, Senior Director of SAFE Veterans.
Walmart is also providing funding to support SAFE Project’s Your Ruck program for active duty and veteran spouses and family members. The one-day group training sessions use a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy approach to identify and address risk and protective factors in the life of a military spouse and includes building awareness of adversity, trauma, addiction, and the dangers of some prescription drugs.
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