Grant to Help Create Commercial Greenhouse in Dickerson to Benefit Wounded Veterans
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, presented a $25,000 grant to the Rockville-based Madison House Autism Foundation to fund Commercial Greenhouse Project at the foundation’s Madison Fields farm located in Dickerson.
The presentation was made during a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Madison Fields, located at 21355 Big Woods Road in Dickerson.
The grant will provide over one-half of the initial funding required to construct and operate the first commercial greenhouse to benefit combat-wounded veterans and other individuals with PTSD and I/DDs – intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Foundation hopes that the Coalition’s leadership will prompt other veterans organizations and private foundations to match, or contribute to, the Coalition’s funding, thus bringing the project to fruition.
“We are always looking for innovative, cutting-edge programs that can provide immediate, and lasting, benefit to the combat-wounded veterans community,” said David Walker, President and CEO of the Leesburg, Va.-based Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. “We are big believers in the Madison Fields’ commercial greenhouse project, which we believe will be a model for others to follow all across the nation. We’re proud to support this important initiative from the ground up.”