Grant to Support Master of Social Work Internship Program and Staff Capacity-Building

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (March 29, 2017) –  Hope For The Warriors has been awarded a three-year grant from Altria Group, Inc. to provide major support of its Master of Social Work (MSW) Internship Program. In addition, the grant will support staff capacity-building and leadership development activities.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

The goal of the Hope For The Warriors MSW Internship Program is to train tomorrow’s military and veteran mental health service providers by ensuring that interns enter the social work profession with a thorough understanding of the unique needs of military families. The program provides a progression in skills training – starting from military cultural competency, critical care case management and family support culminating in the provision of clinical services to Hope For The Warriors’ clients.

During the MSW Internship Program, interns gain first-hand experience by working under Hope For The Warriors’ licensed social workers. Learning opportunities include formal and experiential military cultural competency training; one-on-one interaction with service members and veterans and training and application of trauma-informed practices to client care.

Lorraine Bolduc, a MSW intern at Hope For The Warriors, said that she has been gaining valuable work experience from the program. “Hope For The Warriors has provided me a safe, secure and trustworthy environment to explore my personal desire to restore hope in myself and in my future aspirations to effect national change for the betterment of American military, families and communities.”

Since it was launched in 2012, the MSW Internship Program has placed more than 40 students. These interns have provided more than 20,000 hours of program support in the clinical health area to Hope For The Warriors during this period.

“We’re extremely grateful to Altria Group for its three-year commitment to our Master of Social Work Internship Program,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Thanks to this grant, we’re able to substantially increase the quantity and quality of case management and care coordination services, allowing us to serve more military personnel and their families.”

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 162 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

Atria Group, Inc:
Altria’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include PM USA, USSTC, Middleton, Nat Sherman, Nu Mark, Ste. Michelle and PMCC.  Altria holds an equity investment in AB InBev. The brand portfolios of Altria’s tobacco operating companies include Marlboro®, Black & Mild®, Copenhagen®, Skoal®, MarkTen® and Green Smoke®.  Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle®, Columbia Crest®, 14 Hands® and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars™, and it imports and markets Antinori®, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte™, Torres® and Villa Maria Estate™ products in the United States.  Trademarks and service marks related to Altria referenced in this release are the property of Altria or its subsidiaries or are used with permission.  More information about Altria is available at and on the Altria Investor app.