- Posted May 29, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
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- Elliott Broidy Supports The Changing Model of Veterans Care
Elliott Broidy Helps Match Wounded Vets with Service Dogs
Investor Elliott Broidy is helping wounded veterans make the transition to civilian life. Support from the Los Angeles native started the local office of Hounds for Heroes; a nonprofit that provides service dogs for military members. The veterans service organization is part of a growing role that private donors may play as more soldiers return from duty overseas. Recent news of delays in medical care at Veterans Administration hospitals reflects this trend.
Along with The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and others, Hounds for Heroes enhances the lives of injured vets on several levels. Assistance dogs help those with vision or hearing loss lead more normal lives. Some veterans may suffer from PTSD, which limits their ability to find jobs or integrate back into society. A service dog provides comfort against loud noises, social anxiety or extreme distrust.
In the company bulletin of his investment firm, Mr. Elliott Broidy said military members deserve the finest in care when returning from active duty. He is also a supporter of WWP, which recently expanded with the Independence Program and Long Term Support Project.
Nonprofits rely on private donors to increase veteran services as personnel comes back stateside. These organizations offer adaptive sports, counseling and social activities for injured soldiers. V.A. hospitals may not have the staffing and resources to keep pace with the influx.
The latest testimony regarding shortfalls in care has drawn response from The Wounded Warrior Project and others. Groups such as Hounds for Heroes and WWP will be critical to a total care approach that includes physical, emotional and social health for wounded vets.