We at FrontLine Gardens want all Veterans and First Responders to know there is no shame in reaching out for help. There are many organizations and resources offering support to Veterans and First Responders for PTS; here are a few:
A Guide to Addiction and Recovery for African Americans
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Among African Americans
American Military University
American Foundation for the Blind
Amputee Coalition of America
Army Emergency Relief
Blinded Veterans Association
Boca Recovery Center
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Resource Center
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Demographics and Addiction
Department of Veteran Affairs
Disabled Veterans of America
Disabled Veterans Guide
Free By The Sea
Give an Hour – Provides donated mental health services and counseling
Helmets to Hardhats
Hire Heroes USA
Homes for Our Troops
How Different Cultures Deal with Alcoholism
Job Fairs/Possible Employment
Marine 4 Life
Maritime Injury Center
Military Family Discounts
Military One Source
Military Severely Injured Center
Morrow & Sheppard
National Center for PTSD
National Family Caregivers Association
National Military Family Association
National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
National Resource Directory
National Veterans Legal Services Program
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Northern Illinois Recovery Center
Operation Family Fund
Operation First Response
Operation Home Front
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Project Return to Work
PTSD & Car Accidents
Red Cross Emergency Communication Svcs
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation
Navy Safe Harbor Foundation
Serving Those Who Serve
South Jersey Recovery
Swords to Plowshares
The American Legion
The Brain Injury Network
The Military Order of the Purple Heart
The National Amputation Foundation
Tragedy Assistance Program
Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide
United Spinal Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans and Alcohol
Veterans Medical Care Programs
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
Wounded Warrior Regiment Call Center
Tips/Help for Spouses/Families
PTSD Program Referrals from OHOP Couples
Note: This information does not constitute an endorsement of these programs by Samaritan’s Purse. This is simply a list of programs that have been helpful to OHOP couples in the past, and that have been reviewed by the OHOP aftercare team. Each couple is encouraged to thoroughly explore the options, ask hard questions, and then make their own informed decision about what is best for them. Keep in mind that a program that worked great for one person may not work so well for another. If you attend a program that did not really work for you, do not give up. Find another program and pursue healing and restoration
1. Trauma Recovery Center at Fort Thomas, KY (part of the Cincinnati VA).
- Call 859-572-6208. See www.cincinnati.va.gov/services/ptsd_mental_health.asp. The residential PTSD programs are comprised of intensive 7-week programs for male and female Veterans, and an intensive 8-week program for Veterans with both PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Trauma is addressed using cognitive processing therapy in individual and group sessions. Additional therapy groups include anger management, relaxation skill training, communication training, and sleep management. Veterans in the PTSD/TBI program receive additional services including a full neuropsychological examination, speech pathology evaluation and treatment, and occupational and physical therapy as needed. Admission to either the residential or outpatient programs begins with a consult; speak to your VA practitioner. A screening interview will be required. A clinician referral packet is also required from vets applying to the residential program. Note: There are a number of VA Medical Centers with intensive inpatient care for PTSD and for dual diagnoses with substance abuse. Ask your behavioral health provider about the options, even if the Cincinnati one is not available for some reason.
2. The Refuge – A Healing Place Disorder
- Located in Ocklawaha, FL. 866-473-3843. See www.therefuge-ahealingplace.com. This is a residential treatment program for addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and others. It is set in rural Florida surrounded by miles of nature. They are a 12-step-oriented residential treatment center that recognizes the connection between mind, body, and spirit. They are not a Christian program, but they do appear to be faith-friendly and they promote spiritual healing. They do not accept Tricare. In addition to various therapies, they offer recreational activities such as yoga, canoeing, fishing, and horseback riding. They incorporate 12-Step workshops and meetings as part of our care so as to foster a sense of camaraderie among clients who are wrestling with similar concerns. They also have a 7-10 day medical detox center for anyone dependent on alcohol or any drug, including opioids.
3. The Center: A Place of Hope Christian Counseling
- Near Seattle. 888-771-5166. See their web site at www.aplaceofhopechristiancounseling.com. The Center does not take Tricare, and they do not accept any federally-funded insurance or payments like the VA. They are a private company that accepts a large number of private insurance companies. Their care is residential and very holistic, with about 6 hours per day of treatment, 6 days a week, and most people stay about 4-6 weeks. Their apartments look very modern. This appears to be a great option if you have private insurance, or some other private funding source, and if you desire a Christian focus in your treatment.
4. Warrior’s Heart
- Call 888-438-6616. POC: Justin Jordan. See https://www.warriorsheart.com/.They are a private treatment center located on a 540 acre ranch in the hill country about 1 hour north of San Antonio, TX. They are faith friendly and promote spiritual healing. They accept both Tricare and VA Choice, either of which may involve co-pays. Be sure to ask your behavioral health provider to refer you to this program by name. The key aspect of this program is that every patient must qualify for a substance abuse (SA) diagnosis, even if the main issue is PTSD. They do not offer any TBI treatment. Military patients only interact with other military patients, and not with civilians. Their treatment model of choice is EMDR daily for 4 days each week, a very sound strategy. The program is normally 6 weeks, longer as needed. They have a max of 25 patients and stay pretty full, but they can often get in new people in less than a week. They do not allow direct (in-person) family interaction during the week, only on Sat.
5. Operation Mend at UCLA Center
- See their website, http://operationmend.ucla.edu/. This program is free to vets. See operationmend.ucla.edu. To determine eligibility, call 310-267-2110. It has been in operation since 2012, and they seem to focus on providing free surgeries to take care of medical issues, but they also treat addictions, PTSD, and TBI. They sometimes provide up to 4-5 operations over 1-2 years to promote healing, so it is not just a short-term program. They feel a duty to give back to the brave vets who have given so much to our nation. They are bringing the best of private, academic medicine to partner with the military to care for vets.
6. Patriot Support Programs
- This is a private network of 24 treatment centers around the country who provide treatment to vets and their families. For example, “Strong Hope” Men’s and Women’s programs in Salt Lake City is part of this network. It has a trauma support program with dedicated and separate male and female treatment units. Cognitive Processing Therapy is their main treatment method for PTSD, but they also offer EMDR in individual therapy. A lot of their treatment is group-based, with twice-weekly individual sessions. The average stay is 4-5 weeks. They take a lot of active duty patients, but also take vets. They take VA Choice and Tricare, but the VA primary provider has to initiate a referral to Tricare, and mention specifically the Salt Lake City site. They try to do a family session each week in person or by telephone. POC is Dustin for all military patients for Salt Lake City, 877-640-0220.
- All Patriot Support Programs accept Tricare, referrals from the VA, VA Choice, and most other insurance. They treat substance abuse/ dependency, PTSD, complex trauma, sexual trauma, and other issues. Universal Health Services (UHS) is the main company. Their 24 facilities have dedicated military-only units so warriors (active and vets) are not in treatment with civilians. They have a spiritual component to their care as well. After treatment is complete, they have care coordinators to help plug patients into AA programs or other follow-on services. No support for families on site, only by telephone. Most programs are 4 weeks. There is rarely a waiting list, and most people get in within a few days of the initial contact. Each site typically has all the PTSD treatment methods available, and they develop individual treatment plans. Call 888-505-1475. POC: Andy Lanning. See the web site, https://patriotsupportprogram.com/.
7. Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
- Rodney Norman is the military liaison. 210-725-4734. See their web site, https://laurelridgetc.com/programs/military-dependents/. They are a large 250-bed, 18 acre campus in San Antonio and have a specific military program. You must have a referral from the VA, or you can use other insurance. They accept Tricare and Medicare as well, but no mention of VA Choice. Vets who need PTSD inpatient will be screened to see if they are OK being treated alongside active duty. They treat PTSD using prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy, but not EMDR. They also treat substance abuse issues, as well as dual diagnoses (SA and PTSD). Patients can be referred, assessed, and admitted 24/7. No mention of a spiritual component, other than they provide transportation to local churches on Sundays. Patients participate in groups, individual & family therapy, and discharge planning.
8. FLAGS Program at Vermilion Behavioral Health
- Lafayette, LA. (Forgiving Losses and Gaining Strengths). Tony Miller, military affairs manager, 855-980-6684. See www.acadiavermilion.com/programs/military. This is a comprehensive treatment program that can address detox needs, treat PTSD with all of the major treatment methods, and they offer a number of other methods to help warriors deal with stress, such as equine therapy, recreation therapy, anger reduction, and spiritual support. Families are welcome to participate fully in the development and implementation of a recovery program through online communication, or spouses can live locally (such as an extended stay hotel at their own cost) and participate daily in appropriate treatment activities. They have a 22-bed facility that is mostly a military population. Usually will have an opening with a few days, if not immediately. Inpatient care is typically 28-30 days, but could be longer or shorter depending on the diagnosis and insurance coverage. They accept BCBS, Tricare, referrals from the VA, and VA Choice. They have a lot of military Medicare patients who also have Tricare for Life. They can also provide daily treatment by outpatient status if that is appropriate, and they can help find programs that can help with lodging.
Non-Clinical Healing Programs in Addition to OHOP
Note: This information does not constitute an endorsement of these programs by Samaritan’s Purse. This is simply a list of programs that have been helpful to OHOP couples in the past. Each couple is encouraged to explore these options and make an informed decision about what is best for them. Each of us have traveled a different journey and have different needs, and a program that worked great for one person may not work so well for another. If you attend a program that did not really work for you, do not give up; keep pursuing healing and restoration. None of these programs is related to the VA or require any insurance.
1. PTSD Foundation of America: Camp Hope
- Located in Houston, TX, see ptsdusa.org. 832-912-4429. This is a peer-to-peer mentoring and support program, one veteran to another. It started with a strong focus on suicide prevention (no veteran who has gone through their program has died by suicide), but now it has a larger focus on healing from PTSD. Participants take daily classes, Bible study, support groups, PT, and they go off-site locally for professional counseling. They are faith-based and place an emphasis on helping warriors develop a stronger faith in God. The program is totally free; everything is paid by donations. The program is designed for participants to stay as long as 6 months, but it is a voluntary program and vets can leave whenever they believe they have healed. No referral is needed. Request to attend on their web site.
2. REBOOT Combat Recovery
- Founded in 2011 near Ft. Campbell, KY, this is a group-based Christian recovery program for PTSD. See their web site, www.rebootrecovery.com. There are now more than 85 reboot communities across the country. Reboot helps warriors and their families heal from the spiritual and moral wounds of war, emphasizing the spiritual and moral injuries of combat and trauma, not just the physical injuries to the body and brain. The program is free. It is a 12-week group-based course that combines clinical insight with faith-based support. Reboot groups are mostly veteran-led, and usually include a pre-meeting dinner and childcare to help families. Spouses are encouraged to attend, promoting teamwork in the process of recovery. Visit their web site to join or start a group, or to get more information.
3. Mighty Oaks Warrior Program
- See mightyoaksprograms.org. It was started by a former Marine, Chad Robichaux, in 2011. PTSD nearly ruined his marriage and his life, but he applied his courage and discipline to pursue healing in all areas of his life. The program challenges warriors to rise up with courage and address their issues through faith in Christ, and finding healing and new purpose in life. “No man fights alone.” The Legacy Program for Men (separate one for women) is a 6-day Bible-focused event that promotes faith and trust in Christ as part of the healing process from PTSD. It includes instruction, group time, and outdoor adventures (similar to OHOP in Alaska) at one of their ranches in CA, TX, VA, and OH. Separately, various “outposts” across the country hold weekly meetings to promote healing from PTSD. It is a free program.
4. A Weekend to Remember
- See familylifeministries.org. This program is a part of Cru, a highly respected national ministry organization since 1951 (see www.cru.org). These weekend marriage events are held all over the U.S. with over 50,000 couples attending annually; see the map on their web site for locations and dates. They provide biblical principles and creative ideas for building a healthy and strong marriage, and they help couples thrive after the conference. There are separate fees for the event and for the hotel, so you can save money if you live close enough to an event to sleep at home. OHOP has a group rate with them, cutting the registration fee from $199 to $99. Just mention the group “Operation Heal our Patriots” when registering (if online, enter the words with no spaces). This is a great way to build your marriage.
5. Hope Restored, A Marriage Intensive Experience
- This is a Christian intensive counseling program run by Focus on the Family in Branson, MO and in Rome, GA. The 3 and 5 day programs are individual in focus, and the 4-day program is purely a group setting. They do not accept any insurance payments and it is fairly expensive, but it condenses months of counseling into a few days. They will provide a statement at the end so you can file with your insurance for reimbursement. Be sure to check with your insurance company ahead of time. 866-875-2915. See their web site at hoperestored.focusonthefamily.com.