Our men and women in arms risk their lives every day to defend our freedom, and when they come home, they deserve to be treated as heroes, but that doesn’t always happen. Our veterans often come home with emotional wounds as deep as the physical damage they suffered in combat, and they rarely receive the treatment they need to handle these invisible scars, but an organization is stepping up to change that.
Saving Wounded Warriors One Mile At A Time
The Shepherd Center has been doing its part to help soldiers who come back from war carrying wounds on the outside as well as within. The organization is trying to raise $1 million to help fund research and treatment that will help soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The organization says that one in every five service members who come home are affected by PTSD and TBI, but many of these soldiers don’t receive the treatment that they need. The weight of these injuries can sometimes be enough to break homes and they can lead to soldier suicides, but the Shepherd Center is working against this.
From March 26th to April 3rd, Shepherd’s Men—a group of veterans and volunteers—ran 22 kilometers a day while wearing 22-pound flak jackets to honor the veterans that come home only to take their own lives. It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the US, but Shepherd’s Men want these men and women to know that help is out there. The group ran from the Shepherd Center in Boston, MA to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to raise money for these brave warriors, but these patriots still have a long way to go.
Right now Shepherd’s Men have raised almost $331,000, but they need so much more to reach their $1 million goal. As personal injury attorneys representing clients with TBIs, the McArthur Law Firm knows just how important treating these injuries can be, so don’t be afraid to lend your support to these heroes in need. To learn more about what you can do to help fight traumatic brain injury, and other invisible injuries, keep following our blog and check us out on Twitter and Facebook.