(Buffalo, N.Y.) – A resolution drafted by Democratic Leader Betty Jean Grant was unanimously supported by the entire Erie County Legislature last Thursday. The resolution approved the transfer of County property to assist the Venture Forthe Foundation and Veterans Housing Coalition in creating their “Operation Independence” Social Day Program for veterans suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which is slated to launch at 1125 Main Street at Best, on July 14th.
Operation Independence’s Social Day Program seeks to create social opportunities for veterans in a comfortable, flexible and safe environment where they can openly engage with their peers. Participation in such programs has been shown to promote continued gains in functional recovery and quality of life for individuals with TBI, as well as reduce stress on their family and caregivers.
“It is my pleasure and honor to help contribute to such a deserving program and assist those who have served us all. As we move toward July 4th, we will all celebrate our freedom, but let’s not forget those who paid and continue the pay for the cost of it. Helping our veterans and their families to get the benefits that they deserve should be a top priority of government at all levels, local to state to federal,” Legislator Grant said after session Thursday, “We are lucky and grateful to have a program such as “Operation Independence” in our community.”
Veterans interested in participating in the Operation Independence program are strongly encouraged to contact the organization. For more information go online to www.ventureforthefoundation.org or contact Nichole Salva, Communications Director 716-285-8102 or Roger Woodworth, VOCWNY 716-898-0110, ext. 106.