American singer-songwriter John Mayer officially launched the Heart and Armor Foundation, which is dedicated to taking on the many issues our combat veterans face on a daily basis.
Although it was publicly announced on March 1st, the Heart and Armor Foundation has existed in some form since 2012. It has particularly focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and on issues facing the growing number of women who serve in combat arms. The foundation employs scientists, clinicians and veterans to accomplish its goals.
Mayer, whose father was a World War II veteran, told the Associated Press that he started the foundation after visiting the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune back in 2008.
The foundation’s ongoing research focuses on developing exercise and other routines to help with the effects of PTSD. The foundation also supports an outreach program and has developed a screening tool for nutrition in women veterans.
The Heart and Armor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity and is not currently affiliated with any other organizations.