In recognition of the veterans who put themselves in harms way for our nation’s freedom, the National Cristina Foundation has since 2008 engaged in an initiative that helps organizations receive technology support to assist wounded warriors to deal with the challenges of transition to civilian life.
Starting first in Texas with our introduction to the American Legion, there are now, to date, veterans at a number of American Legion Posts in the Amarillo, Dallas, and Houston who have received the gift of technology to help them lead more independent and productive lives. Other groups, cooperating with the American Legion, such as US Vets, a residence for the homeless in Houston, are benefiting from a computer lab at their residence and case workers at the Michael DeBakey VA hospital are recommending outpatients who are ready to use computers for training.
The National Cristina Foundation’s wounded warrior program is gradually expanding to other states. It has now reached in the south to the state of Georgia, Alabama and Florida. In Georgia we recognize the strong interest that the American Legion has demonstrated to partner with us to go forward on paths to enable technology to be distributed to their posts around the state. The dream of the Georgia commander is, over time, to bring mini career centers to each of the two hundred and forty four American Legion Posts in Georgia. Several hundred printers have already been donated to support their program.
In Augusta, Georgia in coordination with the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, The Training Associates (TTA), the largest trainer consultant and solutions’ company, has partnered with the National Cristina Foundation to provide professional skills training to wounded US veterans around the Augusta, GA region in the fall of 2010, with other projects to follow. The CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project is focused on utilizing Augusta’s unique warrior care assets, increasing information flow and coordination among agencies, communities, and individuals, with attention on a) coordination of care b) family reintegration and c) training and education that leads to employment.
In Huntsville, Alabama the Semper Fi Community Task Force is helping marines and other veterans who have served our nation as they collaborate with other groups in the Huntsville community such as Still Serving Veterans. Technology for technical training provided with the help of CompTIA’s (Computing Technology Industry Association) educational foundation has been directed to veterans in several states including those served through the Wounded Warrior Project based in Jacksonville, Florida. More training support is clearly needed.
The National Cristina Foundation is committed to an ongoing effort to assist Wounded Warriors through various veteran support organizations across our nation. The goal: to help our heroes gain important technology skills to assist them with improved quality of life, new academic skills, and the critical training required to build access to the 21st century workforce.