How Veterans with PTSD Are Being Helped by Wounded Warrior Project

Playing More Than One in Three Service Members Lives with PTSD

The Doctors meet Bill Geiger, a veteran who is dealing with the invisible scars of war.

After serving at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Iraq, Bill tells us he returned with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he says he first believed was just anxiety. He explains that the anger and depression he was also experiencing initially did not feel like a big deal, but his PTSD was not only affecting him but also his family. He sought help for his PTSD from Wounded Warrior Project's Warrior Care Network.

The Doctors are happy to welcome Bill and Mike Richardson, Vice President of Mental Health Programs at Wounded Warrior Project, to discuss the work the organization is doing to help veterans. He explains that they offer programming in mental long-term rehabilitation care, career counseling, job placement, along with physical health and wellness. 

He says the goal is to have service members "thriving in their communities when they get home."

Dr. Andrew Ordon shares the alarming statistic that more than 1 in 3 service members live with PTSD and says it can occur when witnessing or experiencing any life-threatening or otherwise traumatic event. He notes one cause of PTSD can be military combat.     

Dr. Travis Stork shares some of the symptoms of PTSD which can include:

  • Nightmares or flashbacks
  • Avoiding certain places or people
  • Feeling on guard, irritable or easily startled

Mike shares that Wounded Warrior Project is doing research in biomarkers to transform how mental health issues like PTSD are treated. He explains the biomarker research will help identify specific biomarkers that may indicate the prevalence of PTSD, as well as the effectiveness of treatments. He notes that based on someone's biology, treatment can be better targeted. Mike explains that warriors are never charged for the programs and support offered by the organization. 

In addition to learning skills to cope with his PTSD, Bill tells The Doctors that Wounded Warrior Project has helped him to remember he's not alone and he has found comfort and camaraderie with other warriors in the program.

More information and resources can we found at www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.

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