About Our Organization Military with PTSD
Military with PTSD is a federal 501c3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families.
Our mission: Strengthening military and veteran families through peer support, community education, and special events.
We help educate veterans, caretakers, and civilians about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on the veterans, in the family, and on the community as a whole. We help to improve and protect the lives of people living with PTSD. What is unique about us is we place a special emphasis on both past and present members of the armed forces, as well as their caretakers and family members through peer-to-peer support, educational videos, and through our Firework Sign Campaign. Our motto is, “Seeing it from both sides.”
Military with PTSD was started by Shawn J. Gourley in August 2010 on Facebook and became an Indiana NonProfit in 2012. Since its beginning, the Military with PTSD Facebook page has attracted more than 100,000 service members, veterans, caregivers, family members, civilians, and healthcare providers. This community has helped people overcome the stigma of PTSD and worked to provide support to all those in need. Shawn J. Gourley designed Military with PTSD to offer both peer support and peer education through connection to others who really do understand this condition and can relate to its effect on the veteran, caregiver, and family. At Military with PTSD, nobody sugarcoats any aspect of PTSD, including the domestic violence that can happen.
We believe that the only way to achieve our mission is through five key components. They are:
- We need to educate warfighter families so they know what to expect and be prepared if PTSD comes to their home. This includes education for caregivers, extended family, and children.
- We need to provide peer-to-peer support for caregivers and veterans through a dedicated phone line, our Military with PTSD Facebook page, and support groups. This latter service will give many communities a way for PTSD families to connect face-to-face with each other.
- We need to educate ourselves about suicide prevention and train peer gatekeepers. An added value of this component is creating jobs by hiring veterans directly and giving them a mission, which is a necessary component of helping them focus on healthy living.
- We need to advocate for all Veterans Courts to allow domestic violence cases.
- We need to educate law enforcement, employers, and other public entities, so they understand and recognize PTSD behavior and learn how best to interact with the PTSD family. Additionally, we need to build the bridge from the other side to help veterans reconnect with civilian communities.
Our vision is to raise awareness and help support members of the armed services and veterans with PTSD, as well as their caregivers and family members. We help others learn about healthy coping methods and different treatments and provide peer-to-peer support. The knowledge shared is each person’s personal experience living with PTSD. Keeping marriages and families together and learning to live with PTSD is our focus and a goal we will continue to strive to reach!
Welcome to the Military with PTSD! We’re glad you are here.