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Two nonprofits expand help for wounded warriors

Nov. 28, 2012 - 12:42PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2012 - 12:42PM  |  
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The nonprofit groups Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Homefront have teamed up to expand emergency financial assistance to more wounded warriors.

The Wounded Warrior Project will fund the assistance, which will be provided through Operation Homefront.

In the past, the Wounded Warrior Project has not provided emergency financial assistance, and Operation Homefront's policy has been to help service members for up to two years after they leave the military.

But that two-year window will not apply to wounded warriors receiving assistance under this new initiative, which provides cash grants to cover basic needs such as food, rent and utilities.

Those eligible are service members and veterans who incurred physical or mental injuries, illnesses or wounds that were not due to their own misconduct, while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Their families also are eligible.

Operation Homefront will begin accepting online requests for assistance Dec. 3 on its">website.

"For years we have wanted to extend our eligibility to cover more warriors," said Jim Knotts, Operation Homefront president and chief executive officer, in a statement announcing the partnership.

"We set up our programs and services to ensure wounded warriors and their families are healing their minds and bodies for a lifetime, but we also realize there are times when an urgent financial need arises," said Steve Nardizzi, executive director of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The partnership is an example of nonprofit teamwork that plays to the strengths of both organizations, Knotts said. "Nonprofits have to work smarter, work together and more often, and find ways to ensure our wounded warriors receive the support they will need after the current deployments end."

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