According to the data, 22 – 38 veterans will take their own lives today.
By John Nycz
We are pleased to announce that TTV will be giving something back via The Patriot Promise. Clearly, there is a massive problem and a glaring need to get help to psychologically wounded warriors struggling with PTS (Post Traumatic Stress). We will support The Patriot Promise with strategic marketing, video production, content development, fundraising, learning strategy, and instructional design and development services.
PTS is real, it is pervasive, and it is overwhelming.
PTS also struck a little close to home recently. I did not understand it. Given that the Lord works in mysterious ways, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with a close childhood friend that I had not seen in about four decades at a few weeks ago. Bob Taylor, retired Air Force Major, B-52 navigator, and current CEO of Alliant Healthcare, is spearheading the effort to help support work at the VA, develop resources, and deliver services to veterans suffering from PTS. Bob, and other medical device companies that partner with Alliant launched The Patriot Promise last year on Veterans Day.
A Deeply Personal Mission
I am the son of a combat warrior, and two of my sons are soldiers. In 2012 my second son deployed with the 82nd Airborne to Afghanistan. He spent most of his time there in a COP (Combat Out Post) near the Pakistani border. He was a machine gun squad leader. He was very “active” during that deployment. He now wrestles with PTS, and symptoms that include chronic insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and anger episodes. Of the 550 soldiers that deployed with him, three have taken their own lives since returning.
At the core, here’s what The Patriot Promise is doing:
“Our military delivers the best tools and training in the world for warriors who are preparing for battle. Our mission it to deliver the best tools and training in the world for warriors who have come home.”
More on our mission in the weeks and months ahead. We’re in it for the long run. If you know of a veteran that is struggling, we’re searching for stories to tell, and we can help get them the help they need. Please leave a comment and a contact number below. The more light we can shine on this issue, the more effective we can be at reducing the stigma, and delivering results on behalf of those who have served.