The needs of the military family go far beyond the “popular” belief of needing discounts, recognition or a free concert. In many cases the military family is in crisis—dealing with painful mental health issues, critical financial instability or volatile marriages and home life.
Of those deployed, 1 in 5 returns home with invisible injuries such as TBI, PTSD, alcoholism, anxiety and depression. The invisible injuries contribute to a higher unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans.
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT
The rate of child abuse and neglect triples when a parent is deployed.
Every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide, and for post-9/11 veterans, the rate has tripled in the last 3 years.
The assessment component of our work has been built in response to our 2,000+ family wait list, and the commitment that we will leave no family in crisis. Our commitment is to triage and address imminent struggles until we can accommodate the family at an intake retreat. Our expansion, both geographically and in numbers served, allows us to support more families and also expands our presence to other military and veteran households. As this population learns of friends and family members whose lives have been changed by the Project Sanctuary experience, they, too, are drawn to our program. They know it’s safe, confidential, credible and successful.
By connecting families with services and solutions to address their most immediate needs, or at least ensure consistent communication with them until an intake spot opens up, we can provide hope during these crucial moments. We anticipate this segment of our program will continue to experience exponential growth, making case management and communication specific to the assessment phase a necessary investment.
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