Jennifer BrusstarPresident and CEO
Tug McGraw Foundation
The mission of the Tug McGraw Foundation is to provide resources and hands-on support, foster understanding, promote awareness, and stimulate research and scientific collaboration to improve quality of life for people with brain-related trauma and tumors.
The focus of the Tug McGraw Foundation is to provide support and resources for people affected by brain tumors and brain related trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our efforts focus on advancing science and collaborations to improve quality of life for people affected by brain cancer and brain trauma and promoting awareness of the importance of brain health.
Their activities include:
The Tug McGraw Foundation fStop Warrior Project at the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton supporting wounded warriors’ recovery and transition through creative self-expression using the art of digital photography
ABC2 collaborative research brain cancer project through Over the Edge
The Tug McGraw Foundation Female/Family Veteran Program at the Yountville Veterans Home of California. (Expanding camps and retreats for families with brain tumors and trauma in 2015)
Duke CAPE Program, helping to ensure the future of medicine by providing funding to the Collegiate Athlete Pre-Medical Experience (CAPE) at Duke University, which supports female collegiate athletes interested in medicine.
The Tug McGraw Foundation Brain Food Garden at the Yountville Veterans Home of California, cultivating a garden of leafy greens, fruits and edible herbs to learn about the interconnection between these foods and brain function. The program aims to accomplish five main goals: to educate community about brain function and nutrition; produce food; improve diets; provide intergenerational social activities; and increase outdoor exercise.
The Invisible Brain Injury Project in Denver, Colorado
"Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste." Tug McGraw
Veterans Home of California, Yountville
The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. With nearly 2 million veterans living in the State, CalVet strives to ensure that its veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable military service. CalVet strives to serve veterans and their families with dignity and compassion and to help them achieve their highest quality of life.
Located in the heart of scenic Napa Valley, the Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) is a community of and for veterans. Founded in 1884, VHC-Yountville is the largest veterans’ home in the United States, offering residential accommodations with a wealth of recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living. Some 1,000 aged or disabled veterans (both men and women) or World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home.
Future health care needs of veterans admitted to the Yountville Home at the Residential Care level are met by on-grounds facilities for Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE), intermediate Care, Skilled Nursing Care, and a “Memory Care Center” for residents with various forms of dementia. General acute care is provided at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, St. Helena Hospital in St. Helena, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.