$500,000 Initial Grant to Expand Program; Cost-Free, Bureaucracy-Free, and Stigma-Free Treatment for Vets
November 12, 2018 (Arlington, VA) – Stand Together and HeadStrong today announce a $500,000 venture partnership to provide military veterans with confidential treatment that is cost-free, bureaucracy-free and stigma-free. With more than 750 active clients, the Stand Together grant will allow Headstrong to provide an additional 5,000 free sessions and expand its reach into new cities to help heal the hidden wounds of war. Stand Together is a social change organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting innovative solutions across six cause areas, including addiction recovery and mental health. Headstrong is a growing non-profit dedicated to helping vets regain their mental fitness without high costs, long wait times or extensive forms.
“We believe in the specialized and local knowledge of the non-profits we support to solve the problems that they are most familiar with, in this case the mental health needs of our veterans.” said Evan Feinberg, Executive Director, Stand Together. “Headstrong is founded and run by veterans serving vets which makes this partnership so exciting for us. This initial grant will help Headstrong increase its impact across the country, reaching more veterans and helping them overcome the barriers many face to receiving the mental health treatment that is often needed upon return.”
Headstrong is part of the Stand Together Catalyst Program, and is one of more than 100 supported organizations that make up some of the nation’s most innovative and effective non-profits who are helping people transform their lives. The Catalyst Program provides social changemakers and community-based organizations who are working to break the cycle of poverty with management tools and financial resources to increase their impact. To date, the Catalyst Program has more than 100 organizations across 46 states.
“We are excited about our partnership with Stand Together because they believe that some of the most important work being done in America today is the result of individuals and organizations like us solving problems in our communities.” said Joe Quinn, Headstrong Executive Director. “We have been supported and celebrated as a catalyst for social change though this partnership and we can’t wait to reach more veterans in new cities through this investment.”
Founded in 2012 by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Zach Iscol in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College, Headstrong worked with top clinicians around the country to develop a comprehensive treatment program for post 9/11 veterans dealing with PTSD, military sexual trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and loss and anger management. They currently operate in 23 locations across the country including the New York Metro area and the San Diego area.
ABOUT STAND TOGETHER
Stand Together is a social change organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting the creative solutions of individuals and communities around the country. Founded in 2016, Stand Together draws from a talented pool of social entrepreneurs and committed individuals to select, invest, build and develop community-based, for-purpose organizations with a demonstrated ability to transform lives. Stand Together strengthens communities by investing in social change-makers that can break barriers for individuals in poverty so that they can realize their full potential.
Founded in 2012, Headstrong heals the hidden wounds of war by providing cost-free, bureaucracy-free and stigma-free confidential treatment to military veterans. Headstrong puts funding directly into the care of the veterans and eliminates hurdles that patients often experience with existing programs by providing cost-free assistance with experienced clinicians and individualized care without the wait time and extensive forms.