HEALING THE HIDDEN WOUNDS OF WAR
The Soldiers Project is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, unlimited, confidential, psychological services to military personnel who have served during the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, as well as to their loved ones.
Returning home from being in combat in a country at war presents difficult challenges for the individual as well as their support system. Service members, wives, husbands, children, parents and other loved ones are all affected by the separation that is part of serving in the military but the transition “coming home” brings additional challenges. Many will have suffered psychological injuries no less serious than visible scars of war.
Homecoming often challenges the closest relationships with the tasks of learning about each other all over again. Moodiness, irritability and angry outburst are visible signs of struggles in transitioning. Struggling to concentrate or paying attention to the surrounding as well as difficulty in establishing comfortable family routines become daily challenges with no hope in sight.
Therapy offers loved ones a safe place in which to talk and share their hopes and fears, the excitement and disappointments and even disturbing changes.
As mental health practitioners who understand the far-reaching consequences of these war-related experiences, we can provide the support that is needed to smooth the transition to family and civilian life.