CharterCare grant will help OSDRI serve veterans

CharterCare grant will help OSDRI serve veterans

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, headquartered in Johnston, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the CharterCare Foundation.

This award, part of the foundation’s focus on veteran’s mental and physical health needs, will enable OSDRI to hire a full-time, licensed social worker dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of Rhode Island veterans, including PTSD and addiction issues.

Captain Erik B. Wallin, executive director of OSDRI, said in a news release, “Many of the 2,000 R.I. veterans we annually serve suffer from some form of mental or behavioral health issue directly linked to their military service. Addressing these invisible scars of war is critical to stabilizing veterans’ housing, employment and overall quality of life.”

According to Wallin, “With the addition of a full-time, dedicated professional, clients will receive critical timely assessment and treatment protocols, minimizing risk of self-harm and maximizing successful outcomes. While it is tragic that these services are necessary, we are grateful to the CharterCare Foundation for this funding, which will go a long way in moving us forward to address this critical need.”