Blue Angels Foundation Grant Helps Female Veterans Get Back on Their Feet Again

Each raised their right hand and pledged to protect freedom, but, for various reasons, women who have served in the armed forces like former Sgt. Susan Stapleton have trouble asking for help.

Sgt. Stapleton was the first woman to move into The Clinton Cox Residence, a 12-bedroom facility in Pensacola, Fla., that is creating a healthy lifestyle that many veterans so often miss when they leave the service. The Clinton Cox Residence supports up to 12 female veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, providing counseling, addiction treatment, job training and other services.

Programs are offered through Pathways for Change, a Pensacola nonprofit that established the center in January, thanks, in part to a $40,000 grant from the Blue Angels Foundation, which supports military causes. The Dugas Family Foundation provided $200,000 in matching grants for the project as well.

The National Coalition for the Homeless claims military veterans account for 23 percent of the nation’s homeless population. In 2015, American Community Survey data reported that 21.7 million veterans are women, or about 9 percent. Of that 21.7 million, up to 12 percent are homeless. A higher percentage of female veterans have a service-connected disability, have no personal income, and are in poverty.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of, said in addition to federal support, foundations, corporations and nonprofits provide grants to service the unaddressed needs of veterans and their families. GrantWatch lists many of these grants for veteran serving organizations, especially funds designated to nonprofit s to help veterans and their families manage the transition from active duty to civilian life by dealing with issues such as health, housing, education, career development and family support.

According to Department of Veterans Affairs reports, the suicide rate for veterans is significantly higher than for civilians, and the difference for women is even greater. Despite elevated rates of suicide, substance abuse, and homelessness, many veterans lack access to life-saving support systems that offer treatment programs and temporary housing or important transitional services such as tuition waivers for in-state colleges.

Mike Campbell, a former Blue Angels pilot and the foundation’s president, believes The Clinton Cox Residence is a step toward helping female veterans identify treatment to deal with these issues and to get them back on their feet again.

Nonprofits and interest groups that serve the unaddressed needs of military servicemen and are frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants can identify funding opportunities that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at Sign-up here to receive the free weekly GrantWatch newsletter which features geographic-specific funding opportunities.


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