This project will provide a reunion to reconnect a company of military veterans who served in combat together. During their reunion, the veterans will have access to peer support training and will be connected with actionable resources to support their successful transition back to civilian life. Our organization has provided 14 reunions that have more than doubled engagement with peer support, which has been identified as one of the most effective treatment methods for PTSD.
Hundreds of thousands of military veterans struggle with PTSD. Peer Support programs are one of the most effective methods to assist our nation's veterans in overcoming transition challenges and PTSD. Unfortunately, despite the documented effectiveness of Peer Support, many of our nation's veterans do not have access to this type of care, or are hesitant to engage with groups of "peers" who are in fact strangers. Our veterans need the opportunity to reconnect with those they served alongside.
Warrior Reunion Foundation connects combat veterans with the peers that experienced their most formative years together - the "battle buddies" they served next to in combat! Our model is unique. No one else does what we do, and we do it with the effectiveness of a team founded and led by combat veterans who innately understand the needs of the community we serve. Moreover, we deliver our reunions at no-cost to those we serve.
At the close of our third reunion season we will have reunited over 650 combat veterans and Gold Star family members across 14 reunions, provided at no cost to each unit we've served. Our 2020 reunion season will include 10 reunions serving up to 1000 combat veterans. Before attending their reunion, only 30% of participants were "likely" to reach out to their veteran peers for support. After attending a WRF reunion, over 70% reported they were "highly likely" to reach out for support.