2021 was a year like no other for our veteran and military community. Continued isolation, stress and job loss caused by COVID-19, the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and the formal end to the War on Terror in Afghanistan, all impacted the health and well-being of those who serve(d).
The chaos created last year stirred up a whole host of emotions — from unbridled rage to paralyzing sadness, from tremendous guilt to feelings of utter futility, from definite disdain to crippling anxiety about the immediate unknowns to the overwhelming fear for the future.
Despite measurable distance from the physical battlefield, recently separated veterans and even those whose service formally ended years ago are still fighting a war at home – a war within.
Our programs at Boot Campaign are two-fold. The bulk of our effort, energy and funding aims to get at the root cause of the five most common invisible wounds of war — traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, self-medication and insomnia. We do so by providing comprehensive, holistic and individualized treatment to veterans at no cost to them.
Our second program, affectionately called Santa Boots, makes the holidays possible for active duty and veteran families who may not experience the magic of the season without our support due to financial or medical hardships.
Our goal is to watch veterans rise, with roots of where they’ve been, not forgetting what they’ve seen and experienced but expanding and growing towards who they want to become:
Veterans fulfilling their personal purpose at home, at work and within their communities.
There is one thing all of us at Boot Campaign want veterans to hear: YOU MATTER, your service and sacrifice matters and it will not be forgotten, not now and not ever.
To read more from our 2021 Annual Report, click here.