FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 24, 2020
VETERAN IMPACT ORGANIZATIONS FORM THE TEXAS VETERANS NETWORK - COLLABORATING TO ENSURE MILITARY VETERANS ACCESS NEEDED RESOURCES
HOUSTON, TEXAS: Combined Arms, a Texas-based collaborative impact organization using an innovative approach of technology and service delivery to disrupt the veteran transition experience, has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to connect veterans and their families with the resources and programming needed to thrive in the Texas Veterans Network. This new network will make Texas the first interconnected state for veterans services, growing the transition model to meet the needs of fragmented communities and the veteran families who live in them.
As the longest serving organization in the Combined Arms system of resources, WWP’s services are amongst the top requested.
The relationship between Combined Arms and WWP began in 2015, when Combined Arms first launched the idea of service organizations united under one roof in order to provide efficient services and programs. Wounded Warrior Project provided seed funding in addition to their dedicated expertise in the shared mission of service, and veterans in the Houston area have found increased success in their communities as a result of this collaboration.
“Over 2,500 warriors and family members have been connected to Wounded Warrior Project programs and services through the Combined Arms platform - the largest number of connections to any organization in our ecosystem,” said Mia Garcia at Combined Arms. “Now, in 2020, this same methodology will now be taken state-wide with the formation of the Texas Veterans Network. Historically, veteran services have existed in silos, without any effective communication between them to improve and perfect the processes. With this formalized and necessary collaborative effort, this model can serve as a prime example throughout the country.”
The need for this state-wide effort is especially needed in the rural areas of Texas, where approximately 40% of the Texas veteran population resides and can often be unintentionally overlooked in favor of more densely populated urban areas. Now, with the support of WWP Combined Arms has the resources to serve veterans and their families in these areas that are affected by economic downturn, natural disasters, social isolation and more key issues harder than metropolitan areas.
“We are proud to partner with Combined Arms to ensure veterans in Texas receive the healthcare and benefits they have earned though their selfless service to our great nation,” said Ashley Bunce, Director of Community Partnerships and Investments, Wounded Warrior Project. “Through community integration grants, our goal is to reduce veteran unemployment, substance use, homelessness, and suicide. This grant to Combined Arms will expand their footprint and provide veterans an important and comprehensive referral service to ensure a more successful military to civilian transition.”
ABOUT COMBINED ARMS
Combined Arms is a Texas-founded and Texas-operated nonprofit organization committed to unleashing the impact of veterans on the communities they return to. Combined Arms deploys a data-driven approach and a collaborative, connected model of service delivery so that veterans and the community are united after the uniform.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers — helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more.