September 26, 2019

Easterseals Receives Grant Award from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Silver Spring, MD — Easterseals is honored to announce a grant received from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $18,000 which will fund high-quality behavioral healthcare and case management services for veterans and military families provided by the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals (Cohen Clinic).

“The Cohen Clinic supports veterans and military families mental health needs by providing evidence-based practices with a holistic approach. That means we aim not only to provide them with the best therapy and counseling available, but we also help them address other challenges in their life, which could be financial, family or even employment-related,” said Tracy Neal-Walden, Ph.D., Clinic Director & Senior Vice President, The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals. “This generous grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation will help ensure that our services continue to make profound, positive differences in the daily lives of our military community.”

“Easterseals has made such an impact on the lives of wounded and injured veterans, and DVNF is honored to be able to contribute to their life changing efforts,” said Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret., CEO of Disabled Veterans National Foundation).

The Cohen Clinic’s services are provided by trained and credentialed staff, many of whom are also veterans. And veterans and family members are able to receive services individually and as a family unit at the same place with the same treatment team. Family members of veterans or active duty service members served by the Cohen Clinic can include, but is not limited to, spouses or partners, children, parents, siblings and family caregivers. Veterans served include those from the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of discharge status, role while in uniform or combat experience.

The Cohen Clinic specializes in the treatment of a variety of behavioral health challenges including anger, depression, stress and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, hyper-vigilance, substance misuse, sleep problems, grief and loss, transitional challenges, and relationship and family difficulties.

DVNF exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded – physically or psychologically – after defending our safety and our freedom. DVNF achieves its mission by:

  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF;
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need; and
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.


Easterseals DC MD VA – For 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for children, adults, families and veterans living – and thriving – with disabilities and special needs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Through the innovative, inclusive and person-centered work we do, we are strengthening our community and changing the way the world defines and views disability. We are committed to making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.

Contact: Jenny Chang


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