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The Bob Woodruff Foundation brings you stories of hope, community insights, and examples of positive action.

The most challenging of circumstances can bring out the best in humanity. Our veterans know this better than most. As we collectively deal with unprecedented challenges, we are fortunate to work with a community of veterans, their families, and caregivers who are known for their resilience through adversity.

Our grantees have persevered through difficult times. We are so appreciative of all of our partners and applaud their efforts to keep their attention focused on the military/veteran community that we jointly serve.

We invite you to join us here for updates on how the Bob Woodruff Foundation and our network that highlight the important work being done for our veterans and military families.


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When veterans face fertility challenges related to a service-connected injury or illness, the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Veterans In-Vitro Initiative (VIVA) stands ready to support them in growing their families. VIVA collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs to inform veterans with service-connected fertility challenges of the various fertility benefits and services available to them. When the VA-funded program is not appropriate for a veteran, BWF’s VIVA fund provides up to $5,000 funding to eligible veterans. To date, 11 babies have been born thanks to the help of this initiative!

One of our VIVA families has given us their permission to share an exciting update. First, let’s get to know retired U.S. …


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Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback. Image courtesy of NFL.com

As America prepares for food, fun, and football this Super Bowl weekend, an athlete shares his appreciation for those who serve in our nation’s military.

The NFL has teamed up with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help expand their Salute To Service Initiative. The Bob Woodruff Foundation finds, funds, and shapes best-in-class programs across the nation supporting post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. Through our partnership with the NFL, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested in programs that foster physical health and wellness, create healthy habits, and increase social connectedness for those who have served in the military, their families and caregivers.

Although millions will be watching Patrick Mahomes lead the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers at this year’s Super Bowl LIV, one fan will be cheering a little louder for his favorite quarterback. …


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Bob Woodruff Foundation Hosts Medical-Legal Partnership Convening, Releases New Issue of Stand SMART for Heroes on Same Topic

On May 3, the Bob Woodruff Foundation assembled medical and legal experts from across the public and private sectors in our nation’s capital for a day of panel discussions and working sessions. Hosted at the beautiful Jones Day offices in Washington, DC, this High Impact Collaboration™ event brought together 85 professionals, including practitioners involved in 23 medical-legal partnerships at U.S. …


Children at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center get special surprise during a difficult time

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Ben, founder and visionary behind Building Better Days

Hospitalization can be a stressful and scary experience for any adult. For a child, it can be even harder. One boy found a way to ease the stress of serious medical procedures for his fellow kids — giving thousands the gift of joy.

In Fall 2017, the Bob Woodruff Foundation provided a grant to Building Better Days, an organization founded by Ben, the son of a retired Coast Guard Commander. Ben was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015, and after he completed treatment he wanted to give back to other children undergoing treatments. By providing children with toys, they can concentrate on something other than the medical procedures they are receiving. …


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Amanda Burrill, Navy veteran, is running for a cause that is close to her heart

By Amanda Burrill

Participating in 2018’s TCS New York City Marathon for the Bob Woodruff Foundation is an honor for several reasons.

First, not so long ago I was a veteran in need of services much like the ones the foundation provides. After a rough stretch, and that is an understatement, I fought my way to an excellent mental place and acceptable physical place. I know first hand what needing help feels like and I shudder to imagine anyone enduring that uncertainty. I’m more than happy to “endure” on their behalf, via a reputable organization like the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Second, I was a lifelong runner. Since the first grade, all I wanted to do after school was run. And that’s what I did for over 20 years. …


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Tim Lawton is a West Point graduate and Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan four times during his five and a half years of active duty service. After leaving active duty, Tim attended business school in his hometown of Boston, where he ran his first marathon, and has lived and worked in New York City since graduating in 2010.

The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon will be Tim’s sixth marathon, and his first time running for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Running marathons has been a great way for him to continue to set personal goals and stay in shape since leaving the military. Tim has also been involved in a variety of veterans’ organization since he returned from active duty, and “[has] always wanted to run for a reason, to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart.” So, when the opportunity arose to run for the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) alongside his girlfriend and fellow veteran, Amanda, Tim “jumped at the chance to do my little part to contribute to [BWF’s] continued impact on veterans’ care.” …


By Emily Bader and Samuel Holmes, Bob Woodruff Foundation

This February, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) convened 46 grantees at Bloomberg in San Francisco for two days of collaboration. The event featured workshops, discussions, and a panel event designed to improve how grantees identify, measure and articulate the outcomes of their programs. RAND Corporation experts Rajeev Ramchand and Terri Tanielian facilitated the interactive sessions.

Convening participants found the experience to be invigorating and informative. This convening was an example of how a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation provides more than just financial support.

Day One

Bob Woodruff kicked off the day with a heartfelt thanks to all in attendance for their great work and program accomplishments. Dr. Margaret “Meg” Harrell, Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Bob Woodruff Foundation, highlighted the goals and intended outcomes of the convening, before turning the room over to the convening’s facilitators, Rajeev and Terri. …


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Veteran comics kept the audience laughing at the third annual Combat to Comedy show

By Emily Bader, Bob Woodruff Foundation

This June, several of our Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) team members had the unique opportunity to watch our work come full-circle as BWF grantee Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) hosted their third annual Combat to Comedy show. ASAP’s show provided a humorous outlet to express the frustrations and struggles of transitioning from military to civilian life.

Standing on stage, Sam Pressler shared his story of growing ASAP from a passionate college student’s innovative idea, to a full-fledged organization with various program offerings in just a few short years. As founder and executive director of ASAP, Sam talked about the power of artistic expression as a tool to facilitate healing in the veteran community. He welcomed to the stage Meg Harrell, BWF’s director of programs and partnerships, to share the foundation’s unique connection to that idea. …


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Bob Woodruff Foundation staff, members of Team RWB, and service members in NYC for Fleet Week, were on hand to hear the NFL announce its new partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, on the set of ‘Good Morning Football,’ at the NFL Experience in Times Square.

Expanding Salute to Service, the NFL has partnered with the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to create a grant referral pipeline for veteran nonprofit organizations and to support healthy lifestyles programs for veterans and their families. The NFL and BWF made the announcement today on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”

The donation funded by the NFL Foundation will broaden the league’s efforts to support veterans, service members, their families and their caregivers. …

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