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Disabled Veterans National Foundation Approves 32 Organizations to Receive $325,000 in Grant Funding

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (http://www.dvnf.org), is announcing that it has approved 32 new organizations to receive $325,000 in grant funding through it’s Capacity Building Grants program.

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Health and Wellness Initiative

15408-a-woman-practicing-yoga-in-a-fitness-center-pvHealth and wellness are critical components of recovery for military service members, veterans and their families. While many consider wellness to be an ambiguous concept, numerous organizations and government agencies are looking at wellness and quality of life initiatives to help veterans. Although some studies suggest that overall wellness practices are effective and sorely needed, this arena is still in its infancy. To be sure, there are no comprehensive health and wellness programs specifically for the woman veteran.

This is where WVI has stepped up to the plate – we offer a pioneering Health and Wellness Initiative by supporting women veterans using an intentional focus on wellness and empowerment for the mind, body and spirit.


Our premiere wellness endeavor, yoga is a huge stress reliever and can provide relief to women veterans from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), combat stress, military sexual trauma (MST), and other stressors stemming from their service to this nation. Yoga is an important addition to wrap-around services a women veteran or service member may be receiving from a military hospital or installation. More and more yoga programs are being developed specifically for veterans and their families — even the military is warming up to the idea. A 2010 Department of Defense study found that veterans diagnosed with PTSD showed improvement in their symptoms after just 10 weeks of yoga classes. The practice of yoga — which combines physical exercises, postures and breath regulation with meditation and awareness in the present moment — is an effective way of resolving PTSD and other co-occurring disorders.

  Mindfulness and the Mind-Body Connection

Changing perspectives on standard healthcare to include wellness modalities is increasing. Although limited in scope, new studies suggest that mindfulness can help alleviate pain and stress. Numerous studies have been conducted by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Health. WVI teaches mindfulness practices through workshops and webinars. When women veterans practice mindfulness, they learn acceptance—paying attention to thoughts and feelings without judging them – in present moment awareness.

  Focused Nutrition

Nutrition plays a critical role in a woman veteran or service member’s overall health and wellness. We focus on the importance of healthy natural and organic foods, as well as overall well being. This effort includes the recognition that there is no one size fits all paradigm for complete health and overall quality of life.

  Other Complementary and Alternative Wellness Options

The WVI Health and Wellness Initiative is holistic in nature and will also focus on offering other wellness services such as fitness and exercise activities, acupuncture and meditation.

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