Militarily Speaking Ep. 55 – Elevating Heroes: Inside the Bob Woodruff Foundation with Anne Marie Dougherty

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Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery.

In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom and Jodi, together with Anne Marie Dougherty, CEO of the Bob Woodruff Foundation delve into how the foundation assists veterans transition, tackles mental health issues, and supports food insecurity and housing challenges. They highlight the foundation's nationwide network of veteran service providers, and various foundation-sponsored events and programs, emphasizing the foundation's commitment to veterans and military families.

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Ep. 55 – Elevating Heroes: Inside the Bob Woodruff Foundation with Anne Marie Dougherty

 The world of veteran support is vast and varied, filled with organizations that aim to ease the transition from military to civilian life. Among these, the Bob Woodruff Foundation stands out, not just for the breadth of its reach, but for the depth of its commitment to ensuring veterans and their families not only survive but thrive.


A Partnership Rooted in Military and Community Values

At the heart of the Bob Woodruff Foundation's success is its partnership with organizations and individuals who share a common goal: to provide veterans with the support they need to thrive after service. From national giants like the NFL to local community centers, the collaborative efforts spearheaded by the foundation ensure that veterans across the country have access to mental health services, employment opportunities, and emergency financial assistance.

 Tom notes how Armed Forces Bank also supports organizations such as the Stronghold Food Pantry and Veterans Community Project.


Unpacking the Challenges of Military to Civilian Transition

 Transitioning from military to civilian life poses unique challenges. Veterans may face difficulties ranging from physical injuries and psychological scars to navigating civilian employment and access to simple things like a savings account or emergency financial assistance for military members. The Bob Woodruff Foundation helps address these challenges head-on. With initiatives like the Got Your Six Network, the foundation ensures veterans have a reliable support system, aiding their integration into civilian life with dignity and respect.


A Look into the Foundation's Work

 The conversation with Anne Marie revealed the multifaceted approach of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. From advocating for mental health care and combating food insecurity to facilitating veteran employment and caring for military families, the foundation's impact is profound. High-profile partnerships, like those with the NFL and major music artists, play a crucial role in amplifying this impact, bringing attention and resources to the foundation's noble cause.


Personal Stories and Professional Successes

Anne Marie shared moments of personal connection and triumph, illustrating the real-life impact of the foundation's work. The story of the foundation's genesis, tied closely to Bob Woodruff's own recovery and family's resolve, serves as a constant reminder of the personal stakes involved. The foundation's ability to engage celebrities and public figures further exemplifies its unique position to bridge the gap between the military and civilian worlds, fostering greater understanding and support.


Growing Initiatives and How to Get Involved

 Understanding the complexity of transition and the diverse needs of veterans, the Bob Woodruff Foundation created the Got Your Six Network. This expansive network connects veterans to over 350 partner organizations that specialize in various services, from legal aid to food security. This initiative underscores the foundation's commitment to ensuring no veteran is left behind, regardless of their location or specific needs.

 Anne Marie’s call to action for civilians and companies alike—to recognize, hire, and support veterans in meaningful ways—underscores the collective responsibility we hold in honoring our service members' sacrifices.


Military Minute

Jodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute.

  • Last episode’s Military Minute: How many people transition from the military each year?
  • Answer: 200,000
  • This week’s Military Minute question: When did the term ‘got your six’ originate?
  • Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode.
  • Answer with the correct answer and you plus a charity of your choice can each win $50.
  • After a winning selection, Military Minute participants are eligible for another selection after 12 months.


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