Post-traumatic stress affects 2.3 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, but it is estimated that only half of those returning from combat with stress-related effects seek out treatment. Victims of this disorder are not just the service member themselves but also the people around them- family, friends, and coworkers.
This disorder is a “behind closed doors” disease. Only the people closest to the veteran know what is truly going on at home. Sometimes the resources they thought they would never need are no longer enough for their loved ones. Sometimes they must look for outside sources to help their veteran become the person he or she once was before they boarded those white buses, ships, or planes.
I was recently approached by a fellow spouse with whom I ran with in our running group, Stroller Warriors at our last duty station. Becky wanted to know if I was interested in helping her and her husband raise money for an organization that is close their hearts called Save a Warrior (SaW). With a little research, I learned about SaW and their amazing work with veterans coming home from a war zone with PTS. If you would like to read more about Becky and Stephan’s story, click here to read Part I of Save of Warrior: Healing PTS Warriors.
One of the ways this family has started to spread the word of SaW and their tremendous work with Warriors, is through their Run for a Warrior pledge drive. They are hoping to raise enough money to send ten Warriors to SaW by June 2014 (a total of $10,000). I myself have pledged to run the Marine Corps Marathon 10k (completed), the MCM 17.75k (April 2014), and the MCM Historic Half (May 2014) to help raise money for this amazing organization.
If you are interested in learning more about or joining the Run for a Warrior pledge, please click here.
If you are interested in donating to the Run for a Warrior pledge, please click here.
Please help us to spread the word about Save a Warrior and remember that it doesn’t have to be a holiday to support a veteran!