BENEFITING: PUGILISTIC OFFENSIVE WARRIOR TACTICS INC
POW is an evidence-based peer-to-peer program that helps re-integrate veterans back to civilian life. POW provides a safe, healthy and supportive community that empowers participants to take control of their lives one smart choice at a time.
How is this accomplished?
POW directly addresses common but potentially devastating service-related challenges including the need for stimulus, structure and peer support as well as relief from social anxiety, isolation and many symptoms of PTSD. POW trainers stress the importance of addressing mental health issues and seeking proper treatment while POW program participants work together to problem-solve, learn effective coping strategies to better manage their symptoms, and utilize each other for support.
POW has been particularly successful at reaching active military and post 9-11 veterans, some of whom are combat veterans, and most of whom report difficulty transitioning from military to civilian life.
Over the past three years, POW has changed hundreds of lives, raised awareness about post-service-related challenges, and garnered attention from regional and national media including National Public Radio, HBO Sports, Maxim Magazine and the LA Times. A recent survey of program participants shows:
90% of P.O.W participants report an improvement in physical health
80% report improved ability to cope with stress and symptoms of PTSD
79% report decreases in feelings of despondency, helplessness and/or anger
75% report an improvement in long and short-term goal planning
100% report a reduction of feelings isolation