Introduction

The Community Veterans Project (CVP) welcomes veterans, their families, and others who are passionate about seeking answers and practical first steps to the challenges inherent with Post Traumatic Stress and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (PTS/TBI).

The CVP is a three-person, all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is web-based, free to users, and available worldwide.  We believe that if Post Traumatic Stress/Traumatic Brain Injury (PTS/TBI) is recognized early there is a better chance of altering the usual downward trajectory observed with many PTS/TBI veterans. 

For over two years, the CVP interviewed--the Subject Matter Experts--current and long-term sufferers of PTS/TBI and members of their family circle by posing a simple question to them, “If you knew then what you know now about PTS/TBI, what would you tell others who are beginning those same challenges today?”

Hundreds of individuals were interviewed and are responsible for the information and approaches contained in the online materials and videos.  Interviewees came from homeless shelters, veterans’ transitional housing facilities, and referrals from veterans family support groups, and by word-of-mouth. The CVP is indebted to all of them.

Why did the CVP undertake this research project? Many veterans and their families continue to be frustrated by the lack of practical information from medical and counseling professionals about how to recognize and manage PTS/TBI. In 2012, the CVP felt the need to address those concerns and so it became our mission to identify and categorize a variety of information related to PTS/TBI and present the data in a non-technical, non-clinical manner. We sought answers, best practices, and advice to the following questions and other issues posed by the veterans and members of their family circle:

  • What does onset PTS/TBI look like?
  • How does one develop a healthier family-to-veteran relationship?
  • What advice would veterans give their families?
  • What suggestions might veterans give to other veterans?
  • Why might veterans not seek and/or resist help?
  • When is it time to seek prompt, professional help? 
  • What are the veteran's responsibilities in his/her recovery          

We held face-to-face conversations, telephone interviews, and group exchanges and collated the information elicited into easy-to-comprehend, thematically arranged lists. All of the participants shared a deep, respectful desire to help newly suffering veterans and their families. Most of the veterans and family-circle participants expressed sentiments similar to, “If I can prevent one family going through what I went through, please offer them my insights.” Their emphasis for participating with the CVP was most dramatically expressed by “Jamie” from Georgia, who said, “This research is vital. If I had known years ago what I now know about Post Traumatic Stress, I could have prevented my son’s suicide attempts and him being sent to prison.”

 
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Disclaimer:  The focus of the information contained in the online material and videos are educational and not a treatment plan and, there are no guarantees that the information contained on this website will be effective. Every person with PTS/TBI may have unique challenges that are outside the realm of this effort. Please seek prompt, professional help as necessary.