Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans of our most recent military conflicts endure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) upon returning home. And yet, PTSD is a topic rarely discussed among veterans, their families or in the media. Treatments such as in-person counseling can reduce the effects and even heal PTSD, but taking the first step toward recovery proves difficult for many veterans.
Since 2009, the Boot Campaign has worked to support our country’s heroes through job placement, housing assistance, medical aid and counseling services as part of their commitment to provide military families the care they need and deserve. Part of that initiative includes connecting with like-minded non-profits to expand their services. For the past three years, the Boot Campaign has partnered with Courage Beyond, an organization striving to empower military Americans and their loved ones to find the courage to pursue a healthy and fulfilling life beyond war.
Courage Beyond provides free, confidential programs to military Americans and their family members facing PTSD and other invisible wounds of war. Treatment services include in-person counseling in all 50 states as well as online and in-person support groups and retreats in select areas. Counseling by itself is not a cure, but is an important factor in the healing process for those suffering from PTSD as well as from combat stress, secondary trauma, depression and many other behavioral health issues.
Regardless of location, face-to-face counseling through Courage Beyond’s network of licensed clinical therapists is available at no cost. Trained in military culture, counselors help veterans and their families relieve the symptoms of PTSD and begin to live fuller lives. The Boot Campaign is proud to partner with Courage Beyond as a part of the effort. To find a free, licensed, in-person counselor in your area, please visit www.couragebeyond.com. It’s never too late to being healing and living life again.