Getting veterans the care they need and deserve in a timely, compassionate, and individualized manner saves lives because suicide should not seem like the only option. That is exactly what we do at Boot Campaign.
Boot Campaign’s Health and Wellness Program provides care to treat diverse health challenges connected to Posttraumatic Stress and/or Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as addresses trauma-based insomnia, chronic pain, substance abuse, nutrition and fitness through a combination of long-term case management and customized treatment.
While Boot Campaign has received more than a 125% increase in applications for our Health and Wellness Program year over year, we received more than a 300% increase in applications in 2020 and in light of the challenges of COVID-19. Nobody could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic, but a pre-pandemic shift in our program to launch a virtual effort for easier access to holistic wellness became invaluable last year when non-traditional and accessible services became more important than ever.
A Marine Corps veteran and active duty law enforcement officer shared, “I just finished the Boot Campaign Health & Wellness Program and it was a great experience. I cannot thank you guys enough. The techniques and resources that were provided have made a big difference in how I am able to handle stressors both at work and at home. Additionally, this could not have landed at a better time. It has been a very hectic month with major transitions. I restarted working on my degree, have recently been transferred from uniform patrol to Detective and starting SWAT school. Everything I have learned has made all of this much less stressful and more manageable.”
June, the mother of a veteran who participated in our program shared, “Seeing my son injured and hearing him say he isn’t himself anymore and doesn’t like who he’s become, is just so heartbreaking. I’ve been trying so hard to help him find himself again and to try to live life as best he can. One phone call to Boot Campaign changed all of that. The Boot Campaign gave my son his life back!! Thank you!”
Josh, a Post-9/11 Air Force veteran, stated,“With PTS a bad day can turn into a bad week or month in what seems like the blink of an eye. The program from Boot Campaign is helping to actively save my life, marriage, my relationships with my kids and will impact my family for generations.”
While we are celebrating the tremendous success of our Health and Wellness program in 2020, we know our work must advance with the same thoughtfulness and even more determination. We will continue to provide individualized, comprehensive and complete care. We will continue to expand and hone our virtual offerings for those veterans who need care but are unable to travel or step away from their families for extended periods of time. And we will most certainly need your help to continue to make cost-free and much needed treatment available to those who laced up their boots and walked boldly into hostility to protect and defend our freedoms. They are more than deserving because we want veterans to know one thing: YOU MATTER.