The long-term effects of trauma on military service members, veterans and our civilian first responders — the police, firefighters and EMS personnel — causes significant stress that not only affects them, but also their families.
We help these families successfully cope with stress, saving marriages, careers and lives
The unpredictable schedules and a “rollercoaster life” of First responders, from home to high stress and back, causes their families and careers to suffer.
They need the specialized help and assistance with coping successfully so their job requirements are met, careers stay on track and most importantly, their family bonds remain strong.
First responders are the first on the scene and often face challenging, dangerous, and emotionally draining situations. Moreover, they are exposed to job hazards that often results in a broad range of health and mental health consequences.
Repeated exposure to violence, accidents and disasters, death, grief, injury, pain, loss, direct exposure to threats to personal safety, long hours of work, frequent shifts and longer shift hours, poor sleep, physical hardships, and other negative experiences takes its toll on the individual and their family members.
These heroes suffer from depression, stress, PTSD, suicide attempts or thoughts, substance abuse; conditions that also affect their families. Moreover, organizational culture often is at cross purposes with getting help, causing any admission of weakness to be suppressed and bottled up inside.
Suppressing these feelings only makes them worse and causes divorces, family problems and maladaptive behaviors. Effective solutions to help first responders exist and includes improving education at all levels of the problem backed with a range of support programs.
Effectively addressing first responder health and psychological well-being reduces the risk of burnout, fatigue, or other behavioral health issues associated with being overworked, uncertain, or stressed by the demands of their job.
An estimated 44% of our Military heroes transitioning to civilian life experience major difficulty.
These are severe problems that have had few proven solutions — until now.
W2C programs help America’s heroes overcome these and other challenges.
Multiple and extended deployments stress Military families as do the daily stresses, risks and rollercoaster lifestyle of First Responders
Children are affected too and have special needs which are largely unmet.
These children are quite often left to fend for themselves, due to the “home parent” basically operating as a single parent, and being overextended. Parents may return home with a combat or job related injury, physical or mental illness, or, occasionally, never return home.
Designed by America’s Heroes to Help Other Families Like Theirs
W2C Programs are tailored to the special needs of each group served. Each has been designed by veterans and first responders collaborating with university and mental health professionals. This has produced programs proven to make lasting improvements in relationships and family members ability to remain resilient and bounce back from stressors.