Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation announced yesterday that they have granted $4 million through Welcome Back Veterans to university hospitals which are working hard to develop programs and creating centers which will specialize in treating military veterans and their families who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Allen H. (Bud) Selig, baseball Commissioner: “Major League Baseball recognizes that our men and women in the military make significant sacrifices in serving our nation every day. We are honored to show our gratitude by committing resources to organizations that provide veterans and their family members’ services to treat symptoms of PTSD and TBI. I want to thank McCormick Foundation and the Clubs for supporting these four grant recipients.”
There are also individual baseball teams supporting their local university hospitals. The Detroit Tigers are supporting the efforts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Emory University in Atlanta is receiving support from the Atlanta Braves. The Boston Red Sox supported their own charity foundation, the Red Sox Foundation and UCLA is receiving support from the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. To date, Major League Baseball Charities and the McCormick Foundation have given about $11 million in grant funds to programs which serve veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation: “All of us at the McCormick Foundation salute our veterans who have given so much. For thousands of returning veterans, their sacrifices include visible, but often invisible wounds of war. We are proud to join with Major League Baseball in this effort to support healthcare and research to help veterans successfully return to life with their families and communities.”
To learn more about Welcome Back Veterans, please visit welcomebackveterans.org