The following is an overview of the Project XI – Veterans program. For a full review, please contact us directly.
In 2012 the Templer Foundation joined forces with Three Sixty Inc., an organization currently producing compelling, and scientifically measurable results with active duty US Army personnel through its Soldier 360° Course to design Project XI – Veterans. This is the first step towards fulfilling the Templer Foundation’s commitment to provide pragmatic and cost effective support to people experiencing PTSD, and to living fully, with dignity.
Virtually any trauma may cause PTSD. Such events often include either experiencing or witnessing a severe accident or physical injury, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, being the victim of kidnapping, torture, exposure to combat, natural disaster, man-made disaster (for example, plane crash) or terrorist attack, being the victim of rape, mugging, robbery, or assault, enduring physical, sexual, emotional, or other forms of abuse, as well as involvement in civil conflict.
PTSD shows up in people’s lives in a number of ways:
- Re-experiencing the trauma, flashbacks, nightmares
- Avoiding people, places and experiences related to the generative trauma
- A general numbing of emotional responsiveness
- Hyper arousal, sleep problems, trouble concentrating, irritability, anger, poor concentration, blackouts or difficulty remembering things, increased tendency and reaction to being startled, and hypervigilance to threat
Symptoms of PTSD often include problems regulating feelings. This can result in suicidal thoughts, explosive anger, and passive aggressive behaviors. Those suffering from the effects of PTSD will have a tendency to forget the trauma; feel detached from one’s life (dissociation) or body (depersonalization) and may experience persistent feelings of helplessness, shame, guilt, or being “different” from others. Among those suffering the effects of PTSD, it is common to feel the perpetrator of the trauma is all-powerful and to have a preoccupation with either revenge against or allegiance with the perpetrator. There may also be a severe change in those things that give the sufferer a sense of meaning, such as a loss of spiritual faith and the resulting feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, or despair.
The Templer Foundation is committed to supporting those who experience PTSD to reclaim their lives and return to dignity. Considering the scale and scope of the issue at hand, we feel compelled to start somewhere. Where more pressing than with our returning veterans?