The Mission of the PTSD Foundation of America is to bring hope and healing to Combat Veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress.
We do this by taking a whole-person approach, offering evidence-based peer-to-peer mentoring, both on an individual basis and in group settings. In addition, our programs and services are free to the Veteran and their family so that the focus remains on their journey to healing.
We take a collaborative approach to raising awareness of the increasing needs of the military community by working with government agencies, service organizations, churches, and private sector businesses to combine resources.
By taking our message to public events, media outlets, social media, and service organizations we can more effectively reach Veterans in crisis and make life-saving impact on the Veteran community.
The PTSD Foundation of America is committed to helping combat Veterans suffering with PTSD find acceptance and healing for the invisible wounds of war. We have and continue to expand a network of individuals, churches, and other organizations to provide a “corps of compassion” to assist veterans and their families in dealing with the symptoms of PTSD.
We also operate our Warrior & Family Groups, also referred to as Combat Trauma Groups, which are fellowships for combat veterans and their families to share their experiences, testimonies of healing, compassion, and hope in overcoming the invisible wounds of war. Participants are required to be combat Veterans or family members of those who have served in combat and be willing to face the challenges of managing post-traumatic stress and the related conditions.
The Warrior & Family Groups, both, utilize reference manuals which include workbooks developed for the Military Ministry “Bridges to Healing” Series entitled, The Combat Trauma Healing Manual, by Chris Adsit and When War Comes Home by Chris Adist, Rahnella Adsit, and Marshele Carter Waddell. Materials are free of charge to residents of Camp Hope and participants in the Combat Trauma Support Groups (Veterans and Families).
These manuals teach faith principles and apply coping tools for recognizing triggers and managing the symptoms related to PTSD. The groups are not a treatment program, but rather a peer coaching and support program whose primary purpose is helping combat veterans find healing, balance, and positive re-integration with their families and in society.
The Family Groups exist to assist and support family members (spouse, parent, sibling, child, caretaker, etc.) of PTSD sufferers. The group facilitators lead the members of the group through ways to manage their own health and mental well-being and to bring understanding and healing in their family.
To the veterans and loved ones, we too are Veterans, welcome home and know that You Are Not Alone! You do not have to continue to carry the burdens of war on your own…we are here to help!
The Military Sexual Trauma Support Group is a safe place for MST Survivors to fellowship and share their experiences. It is a place to be with others who have experienced similar trauma and support each other in their journey of healing with compassion and hope while dealing with PTSD from MST. Participants are required to be military veterans and be willing to face the challenges of managing Military Sexual Trauma and post-traumatic stress and related conditions. This is not a treatment program, but rather a peer coaching and support program whose primary purpose is helping veteran find healing, balance and positive re-integration with their families and in society.
Suicide is another PTSD related occurrence. Going through a traumatic event may increase a person’s suicide risk. The risk may be affected by how intense and how often the combat trauma was.
According to the 2019 nation Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report suicide rate among Veterans have been found to be affected by economic disparities, homelessness, unemployment, level of military service connected to disability status, community connection and personal health and wellbeing.
Total Number of Suicides increased from 2005-2017: 20+ Veterans every day take their own life.
Unfortunately, suicide is all to often an outcome for combat Veterans with PTSD. While it is unclear exactly how many of these suicides are driven by PTSD and while there is certainly no all-encompassing explanation for suicide, there are direct correlations between PTSD among combat Veterans and suicide by Veterans. PTSD has a powerful impact on combat Veterans and their families and too often untreated PTSD can lead to suicide.
It is important for both Veterans and their loved ones to know THEY ARE NOT ALONE in their struggle and that there are hundreds of resources and thousands of people willing to talk and to help at any given moment. The tragedy of suicide has an extensive reach and it is estimated that one single death by suicide effects and average of 135 surviving individuals. If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts do not wait to reach out; help is only a phone call away.
Getting help with PTSD can help benefit a person who is having suicidal thoughts. If you are ever having suicidal thoughts get help immediately. If you are a combat Veteran call 1-877-717-PTSD (7873) Available 24 hours, a combat Veteran will answer the call.
Our Veteran mentors have lived similar experiences and trauma that many warriors have gone through and understand how difficult it can be to transition back to civilian life and to feel at peace again. At the PTSD Foundation of America, we work hard to promote suicide awareness and our goal is to prevent as many Veteran suicides as possible.
1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press 1 Veterans Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day.
Your support and contributions will enable us to support Arizona Veterans and their Families get the care they deserve with Peer Support, coaching, and Mentoring. PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW... https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E348403&id=6