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CDC awards veterans mental health charity Stack Up with grant

The Stack Up program will have additional chances to flourish thanks to the CDC's grant.


Stack Up, a charity that supports veterans and brings them together with civilians through video games, has announced a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

"I’m excited to see the continued development in the merging of the gaming community and mental health,” said Mat Bergendahl, Stack Up’s StOP Program Manager. “We feel our programs are doing tremendous good for our veteran community, and this generous grant from the CDC will allow us to put solid data against our feelings. It will reinforce the confidence our supporters and donors continue to show us.”

The CDC Program Evaluation Grant seeks to evaluate programs that help meet mental health needs in the veteran community, and the Stack Up charity does significant work to help benefit veterans and their families. They do outstanding work in the area of suicide and suicide prevention, and this grant award will help Stack Up help evaluate the effectiveness of its StOP initiative, a mental health and suicide prevention program.

It will also help bring the Air Assault Program to fruition, which is meant to help bring veterans to video game events. Additionally, the grant will help to offer professional training and mental health certifications for StOP members. This means the program as a whole can continue to expand, which is great news. 

The charity is meant to help U.S. and allied service members navigate the harsh everyday life of deployment to combat zones with the help of video games. If you're interested about learning more about the charity, you can check out its official website here. As we all know, video games are a fantastic way to heal, enjoy your down time, and connect with others, and it's a great thing that this organization is doing to ensure veterans have the resources they need to remain happy, healthy, and engaged.

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    January 22, 2019 3:45 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, CDC awards veterans mental health charity Stack Up with grant

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      January 22, 2019 4:24 PM

      Neat! I guess parts of the CDC are considered essential. Since this was awarded during the shutdown and all.

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        January 22, 2019 5:05 PM

        There's parts of the government that negotiated guaranteed budget or "shutdown proof" line of accounting.

        Downside of that are some stipulations on who gets to work it or when the money is released (like it's funded through March but after that they review what to do the rest of the FY).

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