TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brian Anderson as the 35th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Anderson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Veterans Alternative.
Tonight's community hero has ignited a population of veterans' organizations to work together in solving the issue of homelessness. The former Green Beret created the Veterans Alternative, an organization that gives fallback therapeutic options to veterans adjusting to life at home. They have served over 400 combat veterans and 133 of them have of gone through Accelerated Resolution Therapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Along with community leaders and veteran advocates, Anderson also formed the Pasco County Stand Down, a three-day event that assists veterans and their families. His efforts have resulted in over $10 million in grants for Pasco County services. Overall, Anderson will continue to provide services to veterans transitioning out of the military in addition to implementing the use of accelerated resolution therapy in treating PTSD.
Anderson becomes the 214th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $10.85 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.