Of the 1.7 million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 (20 percent) suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression (RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, Invisible Wounds of War, 2008). Preliminary data from the VA shows that the suicide rate for 18- to 29-year-old male veterans who have left the military rose 26 percent from 2005 to 2007, and the rate climbed to record highs by 2009 (2010). Veterans with untreated mental health problems may face severe consequences to their overall health and ability to fully reintegrate into their communities, exacerbating the potential for chronic mental health conditions. Therefore, failure to intervene early and effectively could have profound long-term costs for the health of this generation of veterans, as well as for society (Testimony by the Wounded Warrior, 2009).
This is why support for Blanket of Freedom is so important! Blanket of Freedom's mission is to provide a cultural alternative to traditional treatment methodologies through the use of Expressive Art/Drama Therapeutic Interventions for combat veterans. Within a supportive and safe environment, veterans will be able to safely explore their feelings and emotions surrounded by others who have shared experiences.
Blanket of Freedom (BOF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to providing services to combat veterans struggling with mental illness by providing an Expressive/Drama Therapeutic Intervention program which provides an alternative to traditional treatment programs. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced. Participants can expand their repertoire of dramatic roles to find that their own life roles have been strengthened.
Your donation will help these brave warriors get the help they need with a stigma reducing program that allows them the opportunity to explore therapeutic options not previously available through any other traditional program.