War fills our veterans with traumatizing memories from unexpected explosions to watching one of their brothers die with nothing they could’ve done to help them. PTSD, common in these veterans and routinely shrugged off, people assume someone else is taking control of the problem and putting forth at least half of an effort to help them. Unfortunately, attitudes like these cause so many of our veterans, the people who make it so we can go to sleep and not have to worry about never waking up, continue to suffer even after they’ve come home. Furthermore, after all the malevolence and violence they saw, they should be able to come home and receive comfort to overcome the self-war they brought home with them. Wounded Warriors, a nonprofit organization, helps provide for veterans with PTSD and disabilities, helping the veterans get back to living “life on their own terms.”
Of the warriors that come home, around “95% of people in Iraq saw dead bodies” and about “86% knew someone who died.” PTSD stands for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and a majority of our veterans suffer from it. PTSD can make it hard for veterans to fit in with society because of how alert they constantly are. A single clash from pots falling in the kitchen could trigger an outburst of fear. Often times, mental disorders get brushed off because it’s “all in our heads”, but that’s exactly the problem. Warriors suffer dealing with the indefinite anxiety. It’s a real burden and more should be done to help the people who have helped us more than anyone else.
Being an organization devoted to helping veterans get the help they need to deal with their PTSD, Wounded Warriors delivers that aid, primarily, but also with any other mental or physical injuries they got in combat. They dedicate themselves to helping veterans get back on their feet and back to living life as comfortably as possible. One program of theirs, Project Odyssey, provides wounded warriors with “new tools to help with combat stress.” Programs like these need to become more common to be able to provide help for all veterans who need it, not just a select few. Our veterans protected our lives for years, it’s fair to say we should help them get theirs back in return.
“How We Serve.” Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/how-we-serve.
“PTSD: National Center for PTSD.” Is It PTSD? - PTSD: National Center for PTSD, 31 Jan. 2007, www.ptsd.va.gov/public/assessment/index.asp
“Combat Stress Recovery Program.” Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/combat-stress-recovery-program