Thanks to advances in protective technologies and battlefield medicine more of our Heroes are surviving combat. However, once home our Warriors are struggling with the wounds of battle both visible and invisible which can contribute to the risk of suicide. While attempting to manage their recovery and transition into the civilian world they are entered into a backlogged and broken system. The VA process can take over a year or more leaving them with the inability to provide for their families. Financial issues continue to escalate for our Heroes living on a fixed income, issues as small as a vehicle repair can send the family into financial distress.
These are proud Warriors struggling to recover from their injuries and when they realize that they cannot support their families they feel defeated and forgotten. They often deal with the complex feelings a Combat Veteran struggles with such as: painful memories, survivor’s guilt, reoccurring nightmares, depression and anger. For many, these issues have led to alcohol/substance abuse, unemployment, criminal activities, divorce and suicide.
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