Congrats to This Month’s Nonprofit Beneficiary: Warfighter Overwatch
Warfighter Overwatch—whose motto is, “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all”—is an all-volunteer nonprofit based in Folsom that serves veterans and first responders around the U.S. by providing programs specifically designed to address their individual and familial mental health needs, while encouraging connection, resilience, and camaraderie.
Last year alone, the organization paid for over 477 hours of mental health therapy for our nation's bravest and their families—and received the 2022 Nonprofit of the Year Award by Congressman Kevin Kiley for District 6.
Under their Atlas Project, Warfighter Overwatch supports departments by funding fully trained therapeutic K-9s to aid them in Critical Incident Stress Debriefings and other occurrences that can negatively impact a first responder and community member’s mental health. They currently have six dogs placed within departments across the region, with more on the way.
Via their SQUAD Recon program, they reunite post-9/11 combat squads who survived traumatic deployments and have been impacted by veteran suicide. Utilizing peer-to-peer support, physical activity, and social connectedness, the nonprofit helps rebuild resiliency skills that were once innate to the warfighters.
“[Our] mission is to ensure veterans and first responders have no barriers to mental health treatment for themselves or their loved ones,” says Executive Director Faun O’Neel.
For more information, including ways you can donate or volunteer, visit warfighteroverwatch.org.
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