Veterans Find Hope in Save A Warrior™
Since 1979, 263,000 veteran suicides have occurred, which totals more than the lives lost in World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. In addition, an estimated 800,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are suffering from post-traumatic stress.
These staggering statistics send a clear message – a suicide epidemic is happening across the U.S.
“For some reason, it occurred to me I could solve that problem,” says Jake Clark, president and founder of Save A Warrior™.
Save A Warrior™ was founded more than five years ago in Malibu, California with a mission to reduce the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress (PTS) for active duty personnel, returning warriors, families and their communities. Through its “War Detox” program, Save A Warrior™ aims to reduce pain and increase resiliency utilizing a holistic approach to healing.
“I wanted to take someone and put them in a metaphorical container where time is not linear, where people could experience not ordinary states of consciousness, [and] access their own internal adaptive mechanisms,” Clark explains in the video below.
As increased support of the organization has developed, Save A Warrior™ has been able to grow more in the past year alone than in the previous four years. SAW now has its own facility, is able to operate year-round and has tripled its capacity. Institutions of higher learning and mental health are also acknowledging the legitimacy and effectiveness of the program.
“We found hope that we now have each other, we now understand love, purpose greater than self, and above all else, people care about us,” points out one warrior impacted by the Save A Warrior™ program.
Since 2016, Gray Construction has been a proud partner of Save A Warrior™. To learn more about how Save A Warrior™ is changing countless lives of our nation’s heroes, click here.