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Today, a family member posted a review on Charity Navigator that demonstrates the importance of our Family Reintegration Program.  By sharing his testimonial, we hope that each of you gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by our military families.  We also encourage you to visit our Charity Navigator page and read the reviews and testimonials posted by service members, families, volunteers, donors and more.

“Our son served as
a Marine in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. When he returned we knew that something
had changed in him – while we expected this to some degree, we had no idea at
the time how drastic the change would be. As the one year anniversary of his
return approached, it was clear that he was suffering with PTSD and he was not
getting better – in fact, he was getting worse. Normally outgoing, sensitive,
with a great sense of humor – he was increasingly withdrawn, depressed and had
started drinking heavily along with smoking pot – not normal behavior for him.”

“As this crisis finally
reached a breaking point, our son was admitted to Holliswood Hospital in summer
2012.  It was there that we first met a small group of people who
specialized in treating PTSD in combat veterans – and we started to learn much
more about PTSD. It was the first time that we became aware of Hope For The
®. It was also the first time in over 1 year since our son’s return that
we encountered people who seemed to genuinely care for our son – and whose work
and purpose was to help him – and to help us as his family.  It started
with an offer of a hotel room and transportation – completely paid for. This
extended into seemingly small things, such as offers for dinner and spa for our
daughter-in-law (who of course was struggling along with us as she watched her
husband – our son – suffering with PTSD). We were somewhat overwhelmed and
humbled by this generosity.”

“It is difficult to express the sense of relief that
we felt as we realized that there were people (outside of our family) who cared
about our son and about what we were experiencing as a family  – and who
were actually doing something about it – working to reach out to us, offering
to pay for hotel so that we could visit our son over a number of days, offering
to pay for dinners and activities during that time, providing funds to help pay
transportation costs, etc. These may seem like ‘small’ things, but
they are much more than just a ‘free’ room and meal – Hope For The
® conveyed a sense of genuine caring that we had not experienced before
– and not just for our family – we saw them reaching out to other families who
were experiencing the same struggles that we were – allowing us to realize more
concretely that we were not alone in this.”

“The impact of their efforts cannot
be overstated. It really is difficult to express our gratitude for the work
that Hope For The Warriors
® is doing — we have experienced it first hand as a
family – and we know that there are many other families who have been blessed
by their work – just as we have been.”

If you have been assisted by Hope For The Warriors® or have seen our work firsthand, please consider writing a review of our organization on Charity Navigator.