The Soldiers Project is a nonprofit foundation in Ventura County, California. The foundation offers free counseling to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
One of the founding members of the Soldiers Project, Dr. Carol Tanenbaum, recently gave a speech in which she spoke of “secondary infection” resulting from PTSD. This refers to activities and situations soldiers suffering from PTSD commonly find themselves in:
- Engaging in criminal behavior;
- Engaging in domestic violence;
- Self-medicating usually resulting in substance abuse;
- Becoming homeless; and
- Ending up in court.
Many soldiers returning from deployments find themselves unable to fit into the life they left behind; they find they can only relate to the people they were in combat with because those are the only ones that understand what they went through.
The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are different animals from previous wars because soldiers are being deployed multiple times. Therefore, there is not enough time between deployments for soldiers to fully rest and recover from their previous deployment to the detriment of their psychological and nervous systems.
Essentially, the multiple deployments are increasing the chances soldiers will develop PTSD. The Department of Defense (DoD) estimates of the 1.9 million soldiers deployed since 2003, more than 900,000 have been deployed multiple times.
Many soldiers are very resistant to using the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. The Soldiers Project, however, does not operate the same way as the VA and allows veterans and soldiers to be treated away from the VA system. The Soldiers Project is 100% confidential and also treats families of veterans.
The Soldiers Project is supported 100% through grants and private donations, has 300 therapists available in Southern California, and 400 nationwide.
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