The Core Need

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The U.S. Secretary of Defense called suicide in the military an "epidemic." 
It feels to me like there's an enemy sniper behind our lines.  Service men and women are choosing a permanent solution to a temporary problem.   In early 2013, the United States Department of Defense announced that the number of military suicides in 2012 had far exceeded the total of those killed in battle. Statistic from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: veteran suicide was running at 22 veterans a day!  Some have claimed that this spate of self-harm is because of the stresses of war. But the facts reveal that 85% of military suicides have not seen combat-and 52% never even deployed.


Overland Unlimited, Bridge of Hope “Warrior Tour” provides military resilience training to active military as well veterans.  The curriculum is based on the book Finding Balance written by Pamela Woll, who is also an active Board member, in conjunction with the US Marine Corps and Navy Combat and Operational Stress Continuum Model.  The mission is to educate service members and veterans about combat and operational stress (COS) and its long term effects. Topics discussed, include resilience, the way the body works, the impact, stress chemicals, training and ways to get the stress system in balance.  The goal is to promote long term physical psychological health (PH) and well-being for service members and their families.  Participants leave the Warrior Tour with a better understanding of COS its causes, symptoms and how to optimize their stress system.