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Mental Health & PTSD

The wounded warriors WWP serves cite dealing with the invisible wounds of war more often than the physical. In our Annual Warrior Survey, warriors reported experiencing mental health issues at a rate two times greater than that of physical wounds.

The survey also showed:   
● Nearly 1 in 5 warriors report difficulty getting, or put off, mental health care.
● 2 in 3 would feel embarrassed or ashamed to get treatment.
● Nearly 2 in 3 were concerned they might be seen as weak for seeking treatment.

Mental health is often accompanied by stigma, but Wounded Warrior Project is working to normalize care for veterans and encourages them to seek care.

The message is: You are not alone. It’s estimated more than eight million Americans live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 600,000 who are post-9/11 veterans. Our vision is to create the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation’s history. We cannot get there by ignoring the mental health of those who served. 

There is hope and help. Together, we can #CombatStigma.  

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#CombatStigma: Sergio Alfaro

When Sergio Alfaro came back home from Iraq, he had trouble processing the trauma he was facing. Through the help of Warrior Care Network, he understood his emotions and got to hear the stories of of other veterans going through similar feelings.

Two Marines Reunite Through WWP

Marine veteran Nick Bennett was severely injured in a rocket attack while deployed to Iraq. His Gunnery Sergeant, Dan Miller, lived with the guilt of putting him in harm's way. After years of being apart and with the help of WWP, Dan and Nick finally reunited and continued on their healing journey from their invisible wounds.

#CombatStigma: Sean Karpf

Sean Karpf wants to dispel people's myths about PTSD and make them more aware of what's past the stereotypes. Seventy-five percent of our warriors report having PTSD and WWP helps warriors connect with each other so they can heal together.

#CombatStigma: Tonya's Story

"When you're in darkness, that's all you see. You think that's all there is. I thought I could handle all of that on my own." Veteran Tonya Oxendine served nearly 30 years in the Army, including tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. Tonya shares her story of strength and recovery, and how WWP Talk showed her she didn't have to face it alone.

#CombatStigma: Kathy Belleville

Kathy Belleville is a caregiver to her husband and wounded warrior Shane. She became so wrapped in his needs that she forgot to take time to care for herself. Kathy's weekly sessions with WWP Talk gave her a chance to look at her situation with a new set of eyes and changing the way she looks at things

Wounded Veteran Shares His Journey Through Song

Nick Morrison’s Humvee was hit by improvised explosive devices on two separate occasions while he was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps. But it was the one that blew up a vehicle he wasn’t in that he blames for the severity of his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and survivor’s guilt. #CombatStigma

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