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ASKING FOR HELP IS STRENGTH NOT WEAKNESS
The Combat Stress Recovery Program (CSRP)addresses the mental health and cognitive needs of warriors returning from war. CSRP provides military rehabilitation services at key stages during a warrior's readjustment process. While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat/operational stress are common after war time experiences, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) approaches these issues from warrior's perspective. We understand the stigma attached to mental health, access to care, and interpersonal relationship challenges.
Our approach to meeting mental health veterans services is two-fold:
We challenge warriors to think about goal setting and understanding their "new normal". Many warriors begin their journey with Project Odyssey, an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with othercombatveterans.
We assit warrior in navigating mental health resources that help process their combat experience. Restore Warriors is an online tool that teaches warriors more about the invisible wounds of war such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and PTSD.Videos of fellow warriors sharing their own experience and strategies, self assessment tools, and exercises provide valuable insight into readjustment challenges.
Understanding the Effects of Combat Operational Stress and Trauma
Deployments to war-zones change service members and their families. Some of the changes are positive. For example, personal and professional growth due to the ability to face intense challenges and adversities competently. Combat and operational experiences can also be traumatic and produce lasting emoional wounds. Examples of traumatic deployment experiences are threat to life, the loss of others, and seeing the wounded and the dying.
Exposure to traumatic combat and operational experiences affects service members and veterans spiritually, psychologically, biologically, and socially. A veteran with a good job, good social supports and a healthy leisure routine may have easier readjustment to civilian life. If your scars are getting in the way of your relationship,work, or other important activities, or if things are getting worse rather than better, it is important that you take steps to get the help you need.
Always remember that there is help out there and you are not alone.
Veteran Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
24 hour support 365 days a year