According to the Save A Warrior website, a Veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes. Since returning from Vietnam, 150,000 Vietnam Veterans have taken their own life with 530,000 having sought treatment for Post Traumatic Stress. 800,000 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress.
Save A Warrior started in 2012 and is a program that utilizes “an innovative, evidence-based program that provides a powerful healing experience for Active Duty Military and Veterans“. Save A Warrior’s “War Detox” program has changed countless lives and their program is strongly supported with scientific research and proven to be effective.
Started by an Army Veteran, the program’s formula for healing is entirely based on lifestyle changes that entrench participating Veterans in a new and healthier way of being. Save A Warrior teaches Veterans with PTSD the practice of meditation and the neuroscience behind it. They also work to help the participants begin to heal by helping them engaging them in ceremony, ritual and spiritual activities that help them to identify the source of their pain, and then let go of that pain, once and for all. Long-term behavioral changes are also initiated through the program which helps participating Veterans to follow a path in life that focuses on serving others.
Trailer of “The War Comes Home” which follows a group of Veterans through Save A Warrior’s program
Save a Warrior claims that none of the Veterans who have participated in their program have taken their own life even though they figure that 80-90 percent of those that participated in the program were suicidal.
Save a Warrior founder Jake Clark shares his story of how learning to heal himself inspired him to want to help other soldiers and veterans get back in the fight for life.
Save A Warrior has two locations at this time; one in Malibu, California and one in Kansas City, Missouri. If you would like to apply for the Save A Warrior program, the only requirement is a desire to heal and a willingness to serve others still struggling with the effects of trauma. Service in Iraq or Afghanistan is not a requirement. Save A Warrior has helped the following Veterans:
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans struggling with PTS and/or TBI
- Warriors who experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
- Special Operations Forces, including: Navy SEALS, Delta Commandos, Green Berets, Army Rangers, Marine Force Recon, Air Force PJs, and Coalition Commandos
- Vietnam and Gulf War (1990-91) Veterans
- Warriors from other countries who served as Coalition Forces in Iraq and/or Afghanistan
- Veterans of peacetime service who have experienced traumatic situations affecting their well-being
For more information about the Save A Warrior program, check out their application page on their website at SaveAWarrior.org.