Since 1775, the members of the United States military have embodied an esprit de corps, a pride in their past, present, and future comrades. This pride in service and tradition stems from the effect of shared-experience, because only a small percentage of the American population has ever served. Those that serve become, as Shakespeare penned, a band of brothers, and the bonds of brotherhood shared by combat veterans last a lifetime. The bond is so strong that once someone has served, they can find it hard to relate to those who have not.
The shrinking of a veteran’s social circle is only compounded by the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What was once an outgoing and affable young man can become a guarded, if not paranoid man after just one deployment overseas. Although the level of severity spans the gamut, every single combat veteran is affected in some way.
The Symptoms of PTSD are too many to mention, but one of the residual effects is the unwillingness to share feelings or even spend time with those not similarly afflicted. Veterans may not share their fears with their friends, family members, or even wives. Veterans suffering from PTSD tend to shy away from group gatherings…unless that group is comprised of brothers in arms.
To put it frankly, our goal is to keep our members alive, and we do that by:
- Enabling our members to share feelings related to their military experiences and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
- Establish a network of friends for peer counseling.
- Establish monthly and annual events for social interaction, learning life skills, and utilizing coping methods.
- Hold social and recreational events for our members.
- Memorialize fallen brothers-in-arms.
- Participate in veterans’ events within the community.