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The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded by award-winning television reporter Bob Woodruff and his family after he sustained serious injuries while covering the Iraq war in 2006. The Woodruffs realized they were in a unique position to be a voice that could be heard throughout our nation — in civilian and military cultures and across political lines — on behalf of service members and their families.
In January of 2008, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) separated from the Brain Injury Association of America and became an independent 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization.
The vision of the Bob Woodruff Foundation is to provide resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families -- building a movement to empower communities nationwide to take action to successfully reintegrate our nation’s injured heroes—especially those who have sustained the Hidden Injuries of War—back into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically.
Our Mission is Threefold:
We educate the public about the needs of service members returning from war…and our nation’s greater need to ensure our heroes and families receive the support necessary to have successful futures.
We collaborate with key federal, state, and local experts to identify and solve issues related to the successful return of service members from combat to civilian life
We invest in national and community-based programs that connect our troops to the help they need — from individual needs like physical accommodations, medical care and counseling, to larger social issues like substance abuse and homelessness.
Together with our partners and supporters in communities across the country, we are helping heal the physical and hidden wounds of war.
2.2 million Americans have volunteered to serve our nation in uniform.
More than 1.9 million U.S. service members have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since September 11, 2001.
More than 35,000 service members have been physically wounded.
It is estimated that more than 320,000 have sustained traumatic brain injuries.
More than 300,000 have psychological wounds.
BWF works to support all injured service members with a special emphasis on the Hidden Injuries of War - Traumatic Brain Injury and Combat Stress. While the wounds of these injuries may not always be visible, their impact is felt long after a service member returns and their treatment is often the most costly and difficult to attain.