Returning veterans are also fearful of being labeled as mentally ill. There needs to be a proactive way to help relieve the stressors and deliver mental healthcare tools for coping with their new “normal.” The Patriot Promise Foundation will search for those tools and provide funding for the development and delivery of those tools specifically for veterans.
They struggle for many reasons. The Patriot Promise is aimed directly at addressing those struggles by helping to transition veterans into their new mission and new purpose. Veterans are leaving an environment where the mission and purpose was clearly defined by the military. They are also returning with a host of either physical or mental challenges. The problems can mount quickly.
There is a path where veterans can apply themselves in new roles and discover a new mission and purpose where they not only belong but can excel. We can provide training to provide additional coping skills. By having veterans working with veterans provides the benefits of working with people who “get it” and also gives some veterans the ability to act as or benefit from mentors.
The primary need for the Patriot Promise™ is the simple fact that more than 48% of all veterans struggle when transitioning from active service. These struggles too often lead to suicide with numbers consistently reported as over 20 suicides per day. That’s unacceptable.
Mental healthcare provided by the VA does not include a proactive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress. Instead, proper mental healthcare is only provided to the veterans that self-recognize their severe problem and then also re-actively seek treatment. We need to recognize that these veterans (largely young adults) return to an environment of many unknowns: what job will they find, where will I stay, where do I fit into this society, and how do I care for my family. These and many more questions add stress to their lives. These stressors only enhance the possibility of depression and exacerbate Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms.
Of all veterans struggle when transitioning from active service
Suicides per day
Former Air Force Major, CEO Bob Taylor
In From Service to Success Bob Taylor is sharing his real-life experience, from serving in combat as a B-52 navigator and then as a radar navigator, to one of his most challenging life transitions: an Air Force career he loved to family man with a successful career.