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Program Initiatives

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. This represents 5.2 million people aged 18 to 54 have PTSD during the course of a given year.  PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.

 

PTSD negatively affects an individual's mental and physical health, work and relationships. We help by providing day and weekend retreats. We also offer resources and scholarships to help our first responders community.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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The Pentagon announced that an estimated 360,000 of our fighting forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Some are caused by open or closed head trauma, but a disturbing number are attributed to blast injuries. Experts believe that undiagnosed TBI underlie the epidemic of PTSD we’re seeing in veterans today.


There are alternative therapies for TBI and PTSD but many promising therapies like Medical Acupuncture and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is limited by location and insurance approval. We intend to change this through advocacy and partnerships so one has control of their treatment choices.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Screening Program showed that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men report that they have experienced sexual trauma in the military. In addition, the Pentagon reported more than 6,700 Defense Department Employees reported being sexually assaulted in 2017; the highest number since the United States Military began tracking reports more than a decade ago.


We will offer community day and weekend empowerment retreats that foster healing and relationship building.  Additional resources will be made available as needed. Please consider joining a task force to help define next steps!

Homelessness

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As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015). The last survey by the United Nations in 2005, an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide.


We are in collaboration with several innovative solutions to avoid duplication of resources.  We believe new solutions are needed to impact the homeless epidemic. We are meeting with partner organization to orchestrate change.

Suicide Prevention

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Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined — a jarring statistic that continues to plague first responders but garners little attention.    


We lose 22 Veterans each day to suicide, with 14 of these Veterans not connected to the VA System. 


We understand what many first responders encounter and are working to better connect these industries together through innovative technology.

Extraordinary Honors

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Our veterans and first responders aren't like any other family-they are Heroes. Sometimes they are faced with extraordinary circumstances like a child with cancer, a parent killed in the line of duty, or faced with end of life choices.


We recognize their need for additional support as one or more parents could be deployed or lack the support system to deal with their unique circumstance. We offer comfort blankets and challenge coins to fallen hero widows and to their respected family.

Help Our Cause

Please HONOR those who PROTECT and SERVE no matter the call. Show your support today with a Donation so BIAW can continue to provide support to this heroic community.  Thank you!

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