I’d like to tell you about my friend, Tom—one of the thousands of veterans who return home from combat suffering from serious illnesses like post-traumatic stress (PTS), severe depression, and chronic pain.
Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1964 when he was 20, and shipped out to Vietnam as a Navy Hospital Corpsman two years later. “I was able to save some people,” says Tom, “But a lot died in my arms. I was trained to be a warrior, and I did my job. Unfortunately, for some of us, we brought that home with us.”
As we have all seen in the news, the VA is overwhelmed and unable to give optimal care to all of our veterans. In many tragic cases, veterans have died waiting for the care they were promised. Many, like Tom, have found no relief from the therapies and medications prescribed by VA doctors that cannot touch their pain or heal the lasting effects of trauma.
And the sad truth is, perhaps because the wait is so long and medications don’t solve their problems or ease their pain, 20 American veterans commit suicide every day.
As I’m sure you agree, that number is simply unacceptable. But here’s the good news: you can help veterans in Connecticut get the care they deserve—care that will actually treat their symptoms and heal their underlying psychological wounds. Because an extraordinary organization, Warriors for Warriors (WfW), does just that.
WfW is a non-profit organization that offers free treatments and counseling to veterans—with expert acupuncture and wellness education that offers steady, measurable results, and effectively addresses their issues by caring for the whole person—mind, body, and spirit.
We’ve been able to give 4,500 free treatments to date, and every day, more and more veterans are hearing about WfW and coming to us for help. The bad news is that our fundraising cannot keep pace with the costs of treating so many brave veterans who need our help.
Please make a contribution today of $20, $50, or even $100 so that we don’t have to turn away any veterans who are suffering every day. Charter Oak Credit Union will match any gift made by its members now through November 21st, 2018 and Pfizer and other corporations match employee gifts, so check with your employer to see if they will match your gift. And then please be as generous as you can with a gift to Warriors for Warriors today.
WfW collaborates with other non-profits that are helping to bridge the VA funding gap—by partially or fully funding an initial series of treatments. But even with this bridge, veterans might have to wait as long as four months for VA approval, and then for treatments to begin.