Welcome to the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation previously known as the Warrior Centric Healthcare Foundation. I’m sure that we can all agree that Veterans and their families deserve supportive communities who know them, hear them, and see them in ways that hold true to their integrity and identity. Therefore, they remain the heart and soul of our Foundation and it seems fitting that we launch our new logo, website and name during November, the month when we celebrate Veterans and Military Families. We believe our new name, describes why we exist and more clearly defines our cause, purpose and belief that Americans must deliver on their promise…to care for those men, women, and families who have borne the battle….
As America pauses to honor those mothers, fathers, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, children, neighbors and friends who have served our country we must also acknowledge that their life experiences, due to their service, are often vastly different than that of their civilian neighbors. Americans salute their contributions and wave the flag to show appreciation but then it’s back to business as usual. Unfortunately, many of those who serve to protect and defend our freedom will never get back to business as usual.
With over one hundred years of military and post-military experience the VHWF team can personally relate to the struggle many of our Veterans are living with. Therefore, we remain committed to adding to the thousands of lives improved through our impact programs: Community Health / Wellness Events and Townhalls; Veteran and Family Centered Health and Education Forums; Accredited Veteran Focused Education for Healthcare Professionals and our newest, the Command Support Center Social Determinants Technology Platform. Each of these programs provides a conduit to improving the health and wellness outcomes of our Veterans, service members and their families.
As I leave you to explore and learn more about our Foundation, it is important to acknowledge that this work would have not been possible without our Veteran Medical Neighborhood ConsortiumTM partners, interns and volunteers. Our partners and individuals like you are the engine that enables us to achieve our mission and realize our vision. I invite you to support our mission and your organization to join the neighborhood and become a partner. For information on VHWF, our upcoming events, making a donation and joining the neighborhood, please visit us at myVHWF.org.
Evelyn L. Lewis
MD, MA, FACCP, DABDA
President and Board Chair
Capt(Sel), US Navy (Ret)