Saint Jude Retreats Partners with Warrior2Warrior Foundation
• Domestic Violence.
• The feelings of loss of relevance.
These are just some of the struggles active and retired military special operators struggle with on a daily basis both in the battlefield and when they come home. The chances of a veteran returning home with one or more of these troubling issues, has risen dramatically.
Warrior2Warrior – Ms. Susan Ullman
This is a statistic Susan Ullman knows all too well. In 2014, after the tragic suicide of her husband Michael, Ms. Ullman founded the Warrioir2Warrior Foundation (https://www.warrior2warrior.org/)
Susan explains, "I have no doubt that alcohol played a role in Michael's death. I think that if that issue had been addressed more adequately, he might still be with us. And we now know that more and more of our special operators are struggling with addictions both on and off of the battlefield. It is a major contributor to these individual's isolation, loneliness, feelings of loss of relevance, and eventual suicidal ideation. In light of these current trends, over the past 2 years, Warrior2Warrior sought out the best addiction-help professionals in the world to serve the veterans we currently work with everyday. Everywhere we looked, we kept hearing about St. Jude's and their Freedom Model Program.
Thomas Russell – 21 Year Veteran
Mr. Russell is a 21 year veteran Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 3. He is Warrior2Warrior's Director of Programs and Development. Tom explained, "I wanted to talk with the team at Saint Jude's about their Freedom Model for Addictions Non 12 Step curriculum eye to eye. Our special operators cannot go to a rehab where the idea is to 'break them down – to build them back up again.' That kind of approach is dangerous to a man or woman who already believes they are broken from their combat experiences abroad. When I spoke with Mark Scheeren, St. Jude's Chairman and founder, you could instantly understand this was not a rehab per se. It was a place where people are helped with no judgments or shame tactics."
Mark Scheeren – Chairman Saint Jude Retreat and The Freedom Model Program
Mr. Scheeren was eager to work with Warrior2Warrior because of the foundation's approach to resilience through peer to peer mentorship and the fact that they work in a very personalized approach." W2W works similar to Saint Jude Retreats. We don't try to be everything to everybody, that tends to water down effectiveness, especially in addiction services."
Saint Jude Retreats