Today’s Outlook and Problem
Our nation has been at war for longer than any war in our 234-year history and yet implementing a realistic approach toward mitigating the long-term costs of the Global War on Terrorism has not occurred. In 2007, an independent non-partisan study conducted by Harvard University found that “…we can expect the total cost of providing lifetime medical care to veterans to reach $600bn” (p.14), and the amount will increase exponentially as our overseas commitments for the wars continue. Traumatic injuries and multiple deployments have a profound effect upon professional soldiers and families. This is evidenced by increased instances of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), swelling suicide rates, and rising domestic and substance abuse among our service members. Consequently, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 25% of soldiers suffer from PTSD, and an estimated 20% of troops injured in Afghanistan and Iraq have had Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Simultaneously, veterans currently represent 25% of the homeless population, 12.9% of the unemployed, 20% of U.S. suicides are committed by veterans, and 75% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan report at least one family adjustment issue. Of that 75% there are 54% of these veterans reporting shouting with, shoving or pushing their current or former partners. Despite these statistics, there is not a plan to mitigate the long-term costs of providing veterans with medical and disability care.
To empower members of the armed forces, veterans, family and friends through a network that provides resources, education, and stories from the front lines.
To assist veterans, military families, and members of any branch of the armed forces, to include the Coast Guard and National Guard, by filtering federal, state, and local organizations and their resources directly to the individual.