The successful reintegration of returning service members is an issue that will have a long-lasting impact on American society, and may become the single defining struggle facing this new generation of veterans. Survivor Corps and its partners are determined to avoid the mistakes made when veterans returned from Vietnam, which resulted in tens of thousands of post-war suicides and over 200,000 men and women living on the streets.
To head off this tragic outcome, Survivor Corps will build peer support programs at the community level that will bring service members and veterans together for mutual support and encourage both individual responsibility and collective action to help others in need.
Survivor Corps is offering an alternative “treatment” that can be made readily available in all communities, regardless of proximity to traditional military or govern¬ment centers of support. Our approach is nimble enough to address the needs of individual survivors, while still broad enough to build a coalition of survivors and service providers working to effect long-term positive change. This new program will help the recovery and reintegration of hundreds of thousands of returning U.S. service members at a critical time for them and their country.
TPJ: We owe everything to our troops and I know that the Obama administration will take better care of our veterans than Bush has with the Walter Reid fiasco. Our soldiers should be given the gold member treatment in this country. How can we have people appointed to high position jobs in our government simply based on politically loyalty who are being paid more than our soldiers? It's very wrong in my opinion. It's easy to be patriotic from the comfort of your own home and be more than willing to send the troops into war and wave the flags but then ignore our soldiers once then come home and have ongoing needs. Especially when it comes to mental illness and trauma from war. The mental illness stigma must be shattered and help extended to all our brave young men and women. As someone who comes up against that mental illness stigma everday I can see how damaging it is to be ignored because you don't have "visible wounds."