The Issue: Veterans' Mental Health and Available Support
Across the United States, 2.5 million combat veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and many of them struggle to cope with life after war. Posttraumatic-stress disorder, suicide, and other mental-health issues in returning troops and veterans have gained media attention from Forbes to the New York Times, which states that an average of 18 veterans commit suicide every day. Furthermore, according to the Center for a New American Security "although only 1 percent of Americans have served during the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former service members represent 20 percent of suicides in the United States." A proper net of support services such as counseling and educational resources could help lower these statistics, easing the transition back to civilian life for veterans and their families.
The Campaign: Counseling Service Members and Families
Each $5, $10, or $25 donation made to this Grassroots campaign will help Not Alone provide mental-health counseling for military service members and combat veterans, as well as their families. For every $100 donated, one military service member will receive an hour of in-person mental-health counseling or therapy.
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Not Alone enables active-duty soldiers, veterans, and their families to address the emotional and psychological effects of combat experience with mental-health counseling and support services. Online and in-person programs address the effects of combat and posttraumatic-stress disorder, with more than 400 professionals available to provide confidential counseling services for veterans and active military members across 22 states. An online social network connects peers, informal groups cater to significant others, and the eClinic offers immediate 24/7 assistance to service members in need. Not Alone also maintains a combat-stress assessment to determine daily stress levels and an online database of articles on PTSD and life after war.
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