Thursday, September 3, 2015
Newman's Own Strives to Improve Military Quality of Life
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided remarks at the 16th annual Newman's Own Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon today, as awards totaling $200,000 were presented to six non-profit organizations for their innovative programs to improve military quality of life.
Operation Mend received the highest honor and a $50,000 award. Located in Los Angeles, Operation Mend is a public-private partnership that connects the military's resources with the skills of surgical and medical specialists at the University of California at Los Angeles, providing complex surgeries and mental health care for service members in a family-centered environment. The program covers all costs associated with the patients' care that are not covered by health insurance, including travel to Los Angeles, housing, care coordination, and psychological and social services....