2014 Foundation Recipient

VeteransPlus Honors the Bob Woodruff Foundation With Foundations In Support of Heroes (F.I.S.H.) Award

Houston, Texas – The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) an organization that finds and funds innovative programs to help injured veterans, their families and caregivers, thrive long after their return home has been voted as the winner of the 2014 F.I.S.H Award.

VeteransPlus, a 501 (c)(3) financial capability organization serving military members and Veterans, established the annual “Foundations In Support of Heroes” (F.I.S.H) award to recognize organizations that help foster financial literacy among military personnel and Veterans. The F.I.S.H. Award takes its inspiration from the Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime“. This adage reflects the VeteransPlus mission to provide a lifetime of financial wellness.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was nominated for the annual F.I.S.H award by more than 30,000 veterans, service members and their families who engage VeteransPlus and other non-profit organizations through the Yellow Ribbon Network (YRRN). After the nominations were announced, voters around the world were encouraged to log on to the F.I.S.H Award website (The FISH Award) and vote for one of four nominated foundations. After thousands of votes were collected during the first quarter of 2014, the Bob Woodruff Foundation received more than 40% of the total votes cast.

“On behalf of everyone at Capital One, we are honored to receive the F.I.S.H. award. We appreciate this special recognition for our efforts,” said Dave LaGassa, Managing Vice President of Financial Services and former U.S. Navy Submarine Officer. “It is our privilege to work with great partner organizations – including VeteransPlus. We share a common focus on improving the health and well-being of those who served. Through our combined efforts and expertise, we can continue making significant strides to help our nation’s veterans succeed for years to come.”

“The Bob Woodruff Foundation is dedicated to ensuring service members, veterans and their families have successful futures. We are proud to receive the endorsement of thousands in this extraordinary military community, sharing VeteransPlus’ passion to empower veterans and their families for years to come.” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director, Bob Woodruff Foundation.

VeteransPlus Executive Director, John E. Pickens, said, “We at VeteransPlus have a strong commitment to improving financial literacy among the military and Veteran population. We also believe that all forms of support to these Heroes should integrate financial literacy in order to be successful. The Bob Woodruff Foundation has taken a leading role to support injured veterans and we are proud to present the 2014 F.I.S.H award to an organization that has been voted outstanding by the population they serve.”

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation:

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families thrive long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government—diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—to find, fund and shape innovative programs and hold them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $20 million in solutions, reaching more than 1 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the highest level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need them. For more information, visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.

About VeteransPlus:

VeteransPlus, a national non-profit organization focuses on the financial wellness of military families during service and through re-integration until they are financially stable as Veterans. Each client served is assisted on the Yellow Ribbon Network (YRRN) where they can talk with counselors in a private and secure network. VeteransPlus is recognized as the leader for financial coaching of our nations Heroes in financial areas such as; military money, re-integration, employment, housing, prevention of homelessness and saving & investing. To date, VeteransPlus has privately coached more than 300,000 individuals and their families. For more information, visit www.veteransplus.org.