With 1 in 5 military members returning home with wounds most of us cannot see, PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), we are seeing an increase in alcoholism, divorce, and child abuse among families of deployed veterans. There are 22 veteran suicides each day, not to mention the number of spouses and children who are committing suicide or contemplating it. The bottom line is our heroes and their families need our help.
The VA reports: “Forty-three percent of active duty service members have children. These children face the challenges inherent in having a parent deployed. Many of them must also cope with living with a parent who returns profoundly changed by war. Most families will be able to overcome these adversities through the support of family, friends, and community. Others, however, will need additional help from service providers to strengthen their resilience, access needed services, and readjust to life post-deployment. Veterans themselves recognize the need for such services. In a recent study of Veterans receiving treatment for PTSD, nearly 80% were interested in greater family involvement in their care. “
Higher Peaks is here to help create that “greater family involvement” by offering outdoor adventures for the veteran and their family. Creating an environment that involves the family unit in fun outdoor experience to reconnect, and bond together. To be a catalyst that gets the family involved in the rehabilitation and reintegration of the post deployment part of their lives. To learn that they do have a connection and that connection can be rekindled in the outdoors, doing activities together that can continue long after their adventure with Higher Peaks.
About 2.5 million have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Almost half of those have been deployed more that once. Nearly 700,000 veterans currently have some degree of officially recognized disability as a result of their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. The need is real and we all should be involved at some level. These men and women and families are the reason we have the freedoms we have.
We believe this is a team effort and not a go it alone mission. We at Higher Peaks work with several other organizations with similar missions. The goal is to reach every veteran and their family that needs help and until we get to that point we must work together and continue as long as it takes. To be a part, volunteer with one of many organizations out there or ours or donate. The activities we do and the programs we offer are of no cost to the veteran families we serve, but they do take money to organize and run. Consider giving today, Thank you.