According to the Department of Defense, suicide among service members and veterans are starting to challenge the health of America. “From 2005 to 2010, service members took their own lives at a rate of about one every 36 hours.” The Department of Veterans estimates an average of 22 veterans die by suicide each day.
RAND Corporation estimates that approximately 300,000 troops deployed are suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Effects of deployment on children
According to Times, data was harvested from the U.S. Army Central Registry of 1,771 families worldwide with at least one instance of child neglect or abuse during a period of time in which many soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.
RAND Corporation indicated that children whose parents have deployed for up to 19 months or more since 2001 score lower on standardized tests than any other children whose parents have deployed for shorter periods of time.
Government statistics indicate that in 2004, 1.1 million children (under the age of 18) were maltreated in enlisted soldiers’ families.
Healing Our Heroes Project Is Where the Healing Begin
After returning from war, many soldiers haven’t and don’t know how to reconnect with their families. Reintegration to the family unit is vital for the mental health of the soldier. Having the soldier and family members reconnect in a therapeutic setting is imperative for success.
Our recreational therapy and supportive environment offer a constructive and unique way for our nation’s heroes to reconnect with loved ones and readjust to life at home. We use diversion therapy techniques through recreation along with classes focused on healthy marriage, and finances. A licensed counselor is available at all times during each retreat.
We Stay in Touch with Families for 18 Months
Our retreats help put families on the path to healthy, happy home lives but that is just the first step in a long and difficult journey. That’s why we make a commitment to every family to continually offer support, healing and guidance for eighteen months.