Heroes and Healthy Families is a powerful response to the sad reality that “almost twice as many service members committed suicide in 2012 than died in combat.”
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The invisible wounds of war run deep.In the Civil War they called it “hysteria”In WWI they called it “Shell Shock”In WW2 they called it “Combat Fatigue”In the Vietnam War they called it “PTSD”
And it is now affecting an estimated 400,000 of those who served in the Iraq/Afghanistan war.
What is different today is that we now know that it is “normal” to be affected by the combat experience. Heroes and Healthy Families, is taking a unique approach to addressing these issues in support of our troops. The program utilizes trainers who are not only knowledgeable about the subject, but who have experienced the wounds of war personally.
Since 2004, the Heroes and Healthy Families program has traveled all around the United States holding a series of powerful conferences for active-duty personnel aimed at teaching:
- How to identify and respond to the symptoms of PTSD
- How to address substance abuse and family violence issues.
- How to sensitively handle sexual assault.
- How to strengthen intimate relationships
- And a key component to every conference is suicide prevention.
Heroes and Healthy Families is committed to healing those wounds that you cannot see but are as important as those you can.
We are committed to training troops to identify the warning signs of any of these issues in themselves or those they supervise AND to take action to get the help that is needed. As two Marines summarized: