Operation Warrior Resolution Awarded $25,000 Grant by the Community Foundation of Sarasota

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Pictured: Previous grant recipients, their families and Operation Warrior Resolution team members. Photo courtesy of OWR.

Operation Warrior Resolution has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support veterans and their family members as they transition out of programs designed to provide holistic mental health services to resolve trauma and promote long-term wellness. During week-long retreats, Operation Warrior Resolution provides veterans with brain-based healing techniques and alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, and equine therapy. This funding will be used to support program participants' ongoing needs after participating in the retreats so they can continue to integrate and sustain these changes into their lives moving forward.

Since 2018, Operation Warrior Resolution has been helping veterans heal by providing mental health therapy and brain-based healing techniques, also known as The Cortina Method. Kendra Simpkins, founder and CEO, and her team are known as innovators in the space of mental health for veterans. Simpkins, who saw an immense need for this type of support in the veteran community, started the nonprofit with a personal mission to give veterans effective and immediate care.

When Simpkins, a veteran herself, came out of active duty in 2010, she was in a dark place, struggling with addition and feeling lost. After spending years searching for resources, she decided to build a team, spread the word and get good fundraising. From there, Operation Warrior Resolution was born. Over the past few years, Operation Warrior Resolution has helped over 100 veterans through their retreat program and almost one thousand veterans and their families through other activities and events in the Sarasota area. The organization is funded through grants, donations, and fundraisers so everything is at no cost to the veteran and their family. Operation Warrior Resolution also partners with local businesses to provide discounts on services for veterans.

Pictured: Previous grant recipients, their families and Operation Warrior Resolution team members. Photo courtesy of OWR.

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