In the Yountville, California Veterans Home, not every veteran is on the same path. Three years ago the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Pathway Home Project (PHP), which houses approximately 30 young veterans from the “war on terror.” All the occupants of the PHP served in Iraq and Afghanistan and all suffer from deep, psychological scars as a result of their time served.
To date, around 150 soldiers have passed through the Pathway Home, with another graduation happening at the end of the month. Every veteran living in the Pathway Home is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The VA mental health care provider for the PHP estimates:
- 4 out of 5 have contemplated suicide; and
- 1 out of 5 has been homeless since returning from their deployment.
Private monies have kept the PHP above water for the last three years. The PHP costs $1.7 million per year to operate and those funds are just about exhausted. Without a federal grant or more outside donors, PHP will most likely close its doors.
The PHP is a very attractive environment for veterans because it is not a structured military environment. Instead, it is just a place where a couple of guys support each other through shared experiences. Additionally, there is a specialized therapy program and the ability to visit family.
Pathway Home is different from other rehabilitation homes. Besides the private funding, the PHP allows a more open mental health approach towards treating PTSD to include non-traditional treatments like involving family directly in therapy. Socialization is a very important part of the program, both for the veterans and their family.
Learn more about the Pathway Home Project and how it is helping young veterans with PTSD.
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