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.