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Impact Stories

People are always at the core of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s mission. Veterans, the military community, and their families are our reason for being. Their success is our success. Read here about the positive outcomes brought about by your support.

“The Hardest Part Was Accepting Help”

Carlos was wounded in Mogadishu in 1993, rendering him infertile. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on fertility treatment, he and his wife Nicky got in contact with VIVA… Read More

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See how our mission has directly and indirectly impacted veterans and their families and made their lives better.

For One Army Couple, a New Mission: Find a Surrogate
Army couple Jennifer and Alexander Strauch are ready to find a surrogate and start a family, after Jennifer underwent a life-changing surgery at 23.
To expand their family, high school sweethearts overcome exceptional odds
Overcoming enormous odds, the Hanna family was able to welcome Baby Rudy in May 2022, with the help of VIVA.
“She Was Meant To Be Ours”
Most new parents would rather forget the lack of sleep that comes with welcoming a newborn. That’s not the case for USMC veteran Jackson Smith, who cherishes every single second… Read More
It’s Almost Here: Got Your 6 VetFest Coming July 9!
Bob Woodruff Foundation has planned a night of great entertainment and great opportunities to learn more about how to stand up for our heroes in the community.
Miami Dolphins join Bob Woodruff Foundation and partners for veterans food distribution
Through our NFL-BWF partnership, the Bob Woodruff Foundation funded Volunteers of America of Florida to provide a food drive in Miami, Florida for veterans and their families.
Month of the Military Child: Resources to Support MilKids and Their Families
It’s often said that the whole family serves. The stress of deployments, new PCS orders, and concerns about safety can weigh heavily on all family members. That’s why the Bob… Read More
Combatting Veteran Homelessness with U.S.VETS
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges and gaps in services that contribute to veteran homelessness and housing insecurity.
The inspiring journey of Captain Derek Herrera
Marine Captain Derek Herrera was paralyzed from the chest down by a bullet in Afghanistan in 2012. Two years later, he used an exoskeleton to walk across the stage at… Read More

“The Hardest Part Was Accepting Help”

Carlos was wounded in Mogadishu in 1993, rendering him infertile. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on fertility treatment, he and his wife Nicky got in contact with VIVA… Read More

Story Collection

See how our mission has directly and indirectly impacted veterans and their families and made their lives better.

For One Army Couple, a New Mission: Find a Surrogate
Army couple Jennifer and Alexander Strauch are ready to find a surrogate and start a family, after Jennifer underwent a life-changing surgery at 23.
To expand their family, high school sweethearts overcome exceptional odds
Overcoming enormous odds, the Hanna family was able to welcome Baby Rudy in May 2022, with the help of VIVA.
“She Was Meant To Be Ours”
Most new parents would rather forget the lack of sleep that comes with welcoming a newborn. That’s not the case for USMC veteran Jackson Smith, who cherishes every single second… Read More
It’s Almost Here: Got Your 6 VetFest Coming July 9!
Bob Woodruff Foundation has planned a night of great entertainment and great opportunities to learn more about how to stand up for our heroes in the community.
Miami Dolphins join Bob Woodruff Foundation and partners for veterans food distribution
Through our NFL-BWF partnership, the Bob Woodruff Foundation funded Volunteers of America of Florida to provide a food drive in Miami, Florida for veterans and their families.
Month of the Military Child: Resources to Support MilKids and Their Families
It’s often said that the whole family serves. The stress of deployments, new PCS orders, and concerns about safety can weigh heavily on all family members. That’s why the Bob… Read More
Combatting Veteran Homelessness with U.S.VETS
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges and gaps in services that contribute to veteran homelessness and housing insecurity.
The inspiring journey of Captain Derek Herrera
Marine Captain Derek Herrera was paralyzed from the chest down by a bullet in Afghanistan in 2012. Two years later, he used an exoskeleton to walk across the stage at… Read More

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Keep up with the latest news and announcements in our efforts to make life better for our veterans.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation Publishes Comprehensive Study on Veterans’ Needs Nationwide
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced today the publication of “Got Your 6 Network: Quantifying and Addressing Veterans’ Needs,” a new white paper quantifying veterans’ needs and the capacities of… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation Invests $1.7M In Health and Wellbeing of Veterans, Caregivers, and Military Families
Today, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced an investment of $1.7 million in grants to 18 best-in-class organizations that are providing programs and services to veterans, caregivers, and military families.… Read More
Pendleton Whisky Honors Veterans From the United States Armed Forces with Limited Edition Bottle Release
Pendleton Whisky continues a strong tradition of celebrating veterans with a limited-edition military bottle released on Armed Forces Day and a $100,000 donation to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Top veteran-serving organizations in NYC invited to join ‘Got Your 6 Summit’, solutions-focused convening on veterans issues
The Bob Woodruff Foundation, in partnership with the New York City Department of Veteran Services (DVS) and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, will host the first Got Your 6 Summit in NYC… Read More
Got Your 6 VetFest Brings Country Stars, Local Veteran Services Together to Celebrate Nashville Veterans
The Bob Woodruff Foundation will present the Got Your 6 VetFest at the Loveless Barn in Nashville on July 9th, 2022. This family-friendly event for the local military/veteran community will… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation Receives Historic Gift to Benefit America’s Heroes
The Bob Woodruff Foundation announced receipt of the organization’s largest single gift to date – $15 million – from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to accelerate the impact and resources available for… Read More
Craig Newmark Philanthropies Announces $2.95M Grant to Expand National Support for Veterans
NEW YORK, February 28, 2022 — Today, Craig Newmark Philanthropies announced a generous $2.95 million grant to the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to strengthen the Foundation’s Got Your 6 Network.… Read More
PeopleTV sat down with Bob and Lee Woodruff to reflect on his 16th Alive Day
Hear from our co-founders as they look back at 1/29/06, the day Bob survived an IED blast that became the catalyst for our mission to help service members, veterans, their… Read More