Since 2001, there have been over 125,000 veteran-related suicides in the United States compared to 65,542 combat-related deaths of U.S. service members reported since the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Somalia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom combined.
Veterans are up to 57% more likely to commit suicide than the general population. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 22 Veterans per day die from suicide. This is one loss every 65-85 minutes, totaling 8,030 deaths per year, approximately 20 percent of all suicides in the United States.
We are currently experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues plaguing our veteran community, and unfortunately, many turn to substance abuse to cope. Resources for these problems are limited or buried in bureaucracy.
That’s where we come in. As a nonprofit organization, we're here to bridge the gaps that are needed to be filled in the community and serve the veterans who have fallen through the cracks..
Empowering veterans to explore the wilderness and therapeutic pathways through outdoor recreation.
To provide a community of support for veterans seeking growth and healing with family and friends in the outdoors
Veterans Exploration Therapy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Colorado committed to helping veterans in a non-traditional wilderness therapy setting. We are founded and operated by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Experiencing mental health issues can be scary. When veterans go through difficult emotions, they can't think clearly. Instead, they are taken over by fear, anxiety, anger, embarrassment, depression, and helplessness. Veterans often operate on what's known as "lizard brain." This means rational thinking is no longer present. The veteran then needs to focus on getting grounded and calm to make good decisions in a time of need.
We've taken the term "Embrace the S.U.C.K." and developed an acronym for veterans to remember during difficult times. It's a way for veterans to understand what's happening at that moment and have a plan of action to find safety.
Stop what you're doing
Recognize that something's not right.
Understand that your thoughts are normal
For people who have experienced what you have.
Change your scenery
Remove yourself from the situation and call a friend.
Know that you are loved
We are here for you if you need a support system.
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