UCLA Health Operation Mend received a $20.1-million grant from Wounded Warrior Project on October 23, 2018, at a news conference onboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The contribution — the largest to date to Operation Mend — will expand the program’s intensive treatment program that serves veterans with post-traumatic stress and mild traumatic brain injuries and their caregivers.
“We’re grateful to be able to help warriors access world-class mental health treatment,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project. “We’re humbled by the support of the nation that allows us to commit to this care.”
UCLA Operation Mend provides advanced surgical and medical treatment for post 9-11 service members injured during combat or while training for service. Operation Mend’s six-week intensive program is designed for patients who require more than regular outpatient care and consists of three weeks at the UCLA Health campus and three weeks via teleconferencing once the warrior returns home. There is no charge to UCLA Operation Mend patients and their families or caregivers for treatment and travel-related expenses.
“After you get back from war, you are a different person. This program teaches you how to live and accept the ‘new you,’” said Army Maj. Yolanda Poullard, who completed the intensive treatment program at Operation Mend in 2016.
The funding will allow the program to more than double the number of mental health patients and caregivers treated by the program, which, in its first three years at UCLA, had outcomes showing all participants experiencing statistically significant reductions in all symptoms and a program completion rate of 97 percent.
“UCLA Operation Mend provides life-changing services for veterans and families in need of specialized medical, psychological and social support,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. “UCLA Health is grateful to Wounded Warrior Project for its incredible commitment to healing our nation’s veterans.”
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