The Highground Veterans Programs Receive Significant Funding

The Highground received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to support The Highground’s Veterans Retreats, Vets & Guitars and Ukuleles Program and The Highground Veteran & Family Post-Traumatic Stress Peer Support Group. The following is an excerpt from the WDVA’s official press release submitted on February 7, 2024. 

WDVA Awards $350,000 to Veteran Nonprofits  

“Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee James Bond announced $350,000 in grants were awarded to 12 nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance, entrepreneurship training, or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families.  “These grants directly fund the good work being done on the ground to assist veterans and their families,” said Secretary-designee Bond. “Thousands of folks are working across our state to serve veterans right now, and they deserve our recognition and support. I’m pleased that WDVA can help these organizations achieve our shared goal of improving veterans’ lives. 

These grants are from two programs: the Veteran Nonprofit Grant, available to all registered nonprofits that serve veterans, and the Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant, open to nonprofits that specifically provide entrepreneurship or technical, business, or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.” 

According to Chris Pettis, The Highground’s executive director, “Funding by this grant allows us to offer these experiences for Veterans in the best way we can. When we are able to create a safe and supportive environment in which to offer outdoor activities, PTSD management workshops and many complementary programs, we see how the bonds of trust and friendship form quickly within the group of Veterans. We believe this camaraderie is the key to healing and forward progress in PTSD management for the Veterans who attend our programs. Due to this funding, we can offer these programs at no cost to the Veteran.” 

For upcoming events and more, visit The Highground’s website at thehighground.us or follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheHighgroundVeteransMemorial.

The Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Rd, Neillsville WI 54456. thehighground.us.