Information has long been mankind’s greatest asset. From our prehistoric ancestors knowing where the find food to our neighbor knowing where to score the best deal on a computer, knowledge has been the cornerstone of living a better life. Rarely handed to us, the best information comes through study and research. The same holds true when it comes to making a better life for military and veteran families. Blue Star Families takes that idea a step further by connecting the research and data they collect to programs and solutions to help military and veteran families thrive.
Physical fitness and mental resiliency are fundamental parts of a successful military career. Each military branch provides programs and training ensure military service members remain mission ready. But too often the priority of physical and mental wellness falls to the wayside for military spouses trying to juggle all of the responsibilities their role entails.
Five military spouses and their fitness and wellness nonprofit, InDependent, are on a mission to change that.
In the past sixteen years more nearly 350,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and anywhere from 11- 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from depression and/or PTSD. These numbers are both staggering and heartbreaking. Treatment is often a lifelong process. One emerging method to help returning service members cope and overcome the challenges presented when returning home with these injuries is art therapy.
One of the hardest parts of transitioning in or out of the military or PCSing to a new location is figuring out what’s next, especially when it comes to a career. The whole process can be like trying to scale Mt Everest in the dark in the middle of winter. But two sister nonprofits, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and sister nonprofit Corporate America Supports You (CASY), are serving as beacons of light for service members and spouses looking to find gainful employment.
From Frustration to Founding
As a community, we are often called upon to help ensure that new military service members and their families get acclimated to the military lifestyle. With so many programs out there, it can be difficult for new service members to find and utilize the programs they need. But initial entry is hardly the only time military families need help navigating the densely populated military-program waters. Transitioning out of the military can also bring a unique set of challenges.
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