Wounded Warrior Project Launches Initiative on Sleep Issues


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Wounded Warrior Project
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The former CEO of Iyer Health Shield, Krishen Iyer owns and operates Iyer Real Estate, LLC, a real estate development firm in Fresno, California. Outside of work, Krishen Iyer supports several philanthropic organizations, including Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which assists service members and veterans with serious injuries, as well as their families.

WWP recently announced a new focus on sleep issues among veterans through its Warrior Care Network. Up to 500,000 veterans deal with posttraumatic stress disorder, which can significantly impact sleep quality. The two issues identified by the new initiative include sleep apnea and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD), both of which can be diagnosed through a sleep study.

Warriors are now being encouraged to spend the night in a sleep lab to have their sleep monitored and to receive personalized treatment. Breathing machines can help cure sleep apnea, and medications ease RBD symptoms. Through Warrior Care Network, individuals can also access multi-week intensive outpatient therapy programs to deal with symptoms that could contribute to sleep disturbances.


The Make-A-Wish Foundation Unveils Unique Wishmaker Platform


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Wishmaker Platform
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An accomplished entrepreneur, Krishen Iyer formerly served as the CEO of Iyer Health Shield. Currently, he oversees a real estate firm in Fresno, California, that he founded. Outside of work, Krishen Iyer gives back to the community through his support of several organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with chronic and terminal health issues.

Recently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation introduced Wishmaker, an online platform that lets individuals around the nation crowdfund a particular wish. Developed through CrowdRise, the platform lets children reach out to their social media networks to ask for donations.

In April, the organization partnered with WWE and unveiled Wishmaker to raise money for fulfilling wishes related to the wrestling entertainment provider. WWE has a long-standing relationship with the organization, and WrestleMania remains one of the largest wish-granting events of the year. In 2017, Make-A-Wish sent 39 children and their families to Florida to attend the event.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation hopes that Wishmaker will bring it closer to its goal of granting 17,000 wishes annually by 2020.