Introducing Veterans Pardners
Veterans Pardners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization which was created to empower veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as, active duty service members, to overcome overwhelming challenges, regain control of their lives, and become self-sufficient. Following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or while suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression or other mental illness our Vets often feel lost and alone. Our focus is to "Partner" with these warriors and provide them with appropriate therapeutic and alternative resources to encourage balance, resiliency, and wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Through our comprehensive suite of services, we support our veterans better achieve personal growth, healing, health, and life fulfillment.
“22 A Day Is NOT O.K.”
Veterans know this number - Civilians do not.
We lose an average of 22 Veterans a day to suicide. This is NOT acceptable to us at Veterans Pardners. That is 158 Souls lost to us every week, which is equivalent to a military company. That’s 660 to 682 a month, the size of a battalion. In a year, we lose 7,832 – the number of Service Members in a Military Division. If we lost a company, a battalion, or a Division at one time, the news would be on every media station and in every newspaper in the United States. Yet, these Service Members slip away in relative silence.
Even these numbers are not true. These numbers include only documented Veteran suicide. If a Vet dies Homeless in the streets, the death is included in Homeless Statistics. If our Vet is self-medicating, drives drunk and dies on our highways, it is an automobile death. None of the other tragedies that befall our Veterans are included in this number. It is a rough approximation at best. The silent, screaming victims of their private wars are their grieving families.
War efforts end, but the war comes home with our combat veterans and never ends for them. They come home from a war zone and everything they see, smell, hear, taste, or touch reminds them of danger. They attempt to avoid anything that reminds them, yet their dreams are haunted by war memories.
The Veterans Health Administration does an excellent job – as far as it goes. The real problem is that not all Vets will go to the VA. If Vets do go to the VA for mental health care, they may do a stint in inpatient care. Then they usually see a therapist once a week or every other week. They often see a psychiatrist every other month for medication. There are not enough staff or days or beds to meet this need.
To Support our Veterans & Families in Meeting Needs, Achieving Goals & Making Dreams Come True Through Community Partnerships
Our Veterans need a community safety net. Veteran Pardners wants to lead the Calvary Charge in providing Veterans with local, community support - people they know and trust.
Through caring relationships, a commitment to service and Community Partnerships, we bring education, resources & support to empower our Veterans. Trauma survivors with mental health disorders and those with physical disabilities can bring their whole self into balanced alignment, allowing them to improve their personal sufficiency and resiliency in their own community. Then they can demonstrate compassionate care for themselves, their own well-being, that of their families and their community.
Our term “Pardners” is reminiscent of our pioneer heritage that required communities to support their own so all could survive and thrive. Veterans Pardners is a Demonstration Project that any U.S. County can join and emulate. Our first armed service was the army led by the Calvary. Like the Calvary, we will lead the way, blaze the trail, and guide others in building community support that works for our Veterans.
Each year, more than 200,000 veterans transition back into the civilian workforce, but unfortunately not all find the transition without challenges. Many of our war veterans have untreated disorders. These hidden wounds affect the veteran's moods, their family, their ability to work and contribute to their community. Some of the greatest needs are for easy access to diagnosis and efficacious treatment protocols for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), MST (Military Sexual Trauma), Depression and Anxiety.
The presence of any of these conditions can impair future health, work productivity, family and social relationships. Individuals affected by TBI, PTSD, or MST are more likely to have other psychiatric diagnoses, particularly substance use, and are at a significantly increased risk for attempting suicide. Suffering from these health conditions can also impair relationships, disrupt marriages, aggravate the difficulties of parenting and cause problems in children that may extend the consequences of combat experiences across generations.
However, despite widespread policy interest and a firm commitment from DoD and the VA to address these issues, fundamental gaps remain in addressing the mental health and cognitive needs of U.S. service members returning from deployments. We help bridge those gaps.
We are currently offering CAPS5 and PAI assessments for our vets. Once a vet is diagnosed, we provide them with local treatment options and providers, such as the VA, MHMR, and private counseling. They always have the ability to make the choice they feel best.
We offer state of the art, proven, efficacious treatment tools such as the HeartMath Training Program and Eagala. Tools such as these help our veterans and their families reduce stress, anxiety, anger, and other problematic symptoms. Vets tell us that these trainings help them to improve their disorders, stabilize their families, and make their lives more manageable and more meaningful.
Our ultimate vision is to build a Veterans Therapeutic Equine Ranch for Residential Treatment of The Traumatic & Physical Wounds of War & Service. At the center, we plan to use proven, efficacious Mental Health treatments that include Eagala Equine-Assisted Therapy, service dogs and art therapy, coupled with alternative methods like Ropes courses.
A Family Complex will be incorporated to help service families understand their service member's disorders and their struggles. We will establish a "Critter Cabin" for the children to be able to feel the unconditional love of animals and learn about caring for one another. In addition, our Grief and Loss area will allow families whose service member made the ultimate sacrifice to access grief and loss counseling, host memorials, or simply to grieve and begin to find solace.
Our overarching goal is to provide these brave men and women every chance to heal from serving their country and lead healthy productive lives.
Why Become a Veterans Corporate Partner?
Partnering with Veterans Pardners is not only a good community investment...it is also a good business investment!
Won’t you please consider making a contribution to create healthier futures for these deserving veterans? If you have any questions about Veterans Pardners, or would like a more extensive detail of our proposed operations, please do not hesitate to contact us at (254) 206-3851 or dpickett@VeteransPardners.org.