“As we lose ourselves
in the services of others,
we discover our own lives and
our own happiness”
Dieter F. Utchtdorf
To help enrich and save the lives of our wounded veterans, active duty military and first responder by helping them combat the rigors of trauma & war – and its toxic effects on the human spirit through various styles of therapeutic dance, fitness & camaraderie programs at no cost to them and their families, thus lowering the 22 veteran daily veteran suicide rate.
As a veteran lead organization Warriors Beyond War understands that the battles that many active duty personnel, veteran and first responders may have faced during their time in service does not end at the end of their combat tour, or work shift. Many have experienced and may continue to suffer from physical injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Loss of limb, hearing or sight, broken or fractured bones and disfigurements just to name a few. Additionally, many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, Behavioral changes as well as reoccurring unwanted memories or nightmares. These symptoms can greatly affect relationships with a significant other, family and children, work and overall social interactions. Among the veteran community the suicide rate has reached an astonishing 22 veteran suicide rate PER DAY! That is almost 1 suicide per hour, per day. Among First Responders A recent survey of more than 4,000 first responders found that 6.6 percent had attempted suicide, which is more than 10 times the rate in the general population, according to a 2015 article published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.
It is our mission as an organization to ensure those veterans and first responders who have served our communities and our country are not forgotten or left behind to battle their injuries, wounds and illness on their own. Using therapeutic dance instruction, we provide an outlet, activity and experience of therapeutic value to help not only enrich the lives of our wounded veterans and first responders, but to save them.