We are inspired by so many Veterans who have shown courage in the face of incredible challenges during their service and after. They have served their country under difficult and dangerous circumstances, made personal sacrifices, and looked death in the eye. Upon returning home, many have felt isolated, hopeless, and even suicidal. Yet they have found the internal strength necessary to reach out for help when they needed it.
We have been deeply moved by the loyalty of these Veterans who now reach out to other Veterans and encourage them to seek help when dealing with the psychological pain that war often leaves behind. Thus, the purpose of this website is to provide:
- A call to action to encourage Veterans to reach out for help when they need it.
- A place to find helpful resources in as simple a way as possible.
Some veterans feel isolated while going through a difficult, often painful transition process after returning home. For too many, the pain becomes overwhelming, and the only option they see available to them is suicide. This is especially tragic when there are a variety of resources that can help them through the transition and support them in managing the pain related to post traumatic stress / PTSD or other combat injuries.
By partnering with Give an Hour and the Veterans Administration (VA), the largest health care organization in the world, we are providing links to a variety of counseling resources for Veterans. Through the Give an Hour national network, private therapists provide post-9/11 veterans and their families with free, confidential counseling that will not create a paper trail. The VA offers a 24/7 Crisis Line which can be contacted by phone, text, or on the web. By partnering with Dr. Lisa Najavits and having a link to her Seeking Safety website, we are providing access to tools like grounding which Veterans can use to help them learn to manage their pain. Grounding is a tool every Combat Veteran can find useful.
Courage of a soldier in combat is often described as being selfless, but reaching out for help and taking care of oneself can take as much courage as any action on the battlefield. Our vision is that eventually our community will understand this – that veterans, their loved ones, and the community as a whole will discard the notion that soldiers must always be selfless, recognizing that this misconception too often results in horrible unintended consequences.
Many Veterans who had turned to drugs or alcohol, or who used to be suicidal, have sought help and are doing exceptionally well now. Wanting to help others, they have decided that their Next Challenge is to reach out to fellow veterans who are isolated, agitated, depressed, or enraged, and connect them with the resources they need. This website is dedicated to supporting and expanding the work of these veterans, who embody ethos that no soldier should be left behind.