Rehabilitation Centers

By: Dalia Soriano

Are you a veteran returning home? Have you thought of the effects that the war may bring you when returning home?

"Asking for help is strength not weakness." (Combat Stress Recovery Program) Military personnel and veterans that have return from Iraq and Afghanistan may encounter many hard times whether its physically or mentally. They may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and many more. (Military and Veterans Issues) These issues may cause isolation, family breakdowns, problems with getting employed and substance abuse.(PTSD: National center for PTSD) Rehabilitation centers provide therapy and training for these mental and physical problems, Making it easier to adjust to civilian life. (Military treatment Facilities)

Rehabilitation Road To Recovery

The Military provides the help for the veterans that decide to take it or they can always decided to seek treatment in private facilities. Veteran affairs (VA) rehabilitation services is less costly then private treatments but it all depends on the patient. It may be covered my their military benefits it not the extra expense will be worthwhile. Rehab centers also help veterans with disabilities. Rehab isn't only opened for veterans but also for active duty members and its available to all five branches of the U.S military: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard. (Military Treatment Facilities)

Treatment and Programs

Treatment is a combined with therapies and activities:

  • Individual counseling- session with a psychologist, at least 5 days a week.
  • Couple therapy- session with therapist or psychologist to develop family interaction.
  • Occupational therapy- therapy for individual needs such as brain fitness, anger management, relaxation training, stress management, aquatic therapy and many more.
  • Physical Readiness- exercise to reach physical fitness standards.
  • speech pathology-treatment for communication skills and hearing evaluations.
  • massage therapy-it relieves stress and removes metabolic waste and toxins.(Military Rehabilitation Program)
  • Transition Training Academy (TTA)- lets them explore information technology as a possible career choice.
  • Physical health and wellness (PH&W) program- a program that helps reduce stress, combat depression and live a healthy lifestyle. (Military Treatment Facilities)

Empowerment of your body and mind

"Asking for help isn't easy, especially when you've been trained to display strength and courage under the worst of circumstances."(Military Treatment Facilities) Rehabilitation centers help veterans overcome your problems or prevent them if you seek for treatment soon after discharge, preventing years of financial and psychological problems.(Military Treatment Facilities) They are able to help with financial trouble by helping you find a job or keeping a job even owning your own business, they use programs such as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) and (TTA).(Military Treatment Facilities) They get you into a healthier lifestyle and you don't necessarily have to go to the gym to be active they also have activities and sports you can be engaged in, to help overcome both visible and invisible injuries. It's not just about you getting the help they need but also your family's they give counseling in order to have a healthy relationship there's also family education to help them understand and give them advice on how to help you as veterans overcome or prevent any problems.(Combat Stress Recovery Program)


Families are also impacted by the deployment and returning of a solider. Families may revive treatment along with a veteran or an active duty member. Family therapy help the children understand whats happening.(Military and Veterans Issues) "Veterans and their families anticipate and prepare for family challenges, involving families in treatment, providing skills training for patients (and where possible, their families) in family-relevant skills (e.g., communication, anger management, conflict resolution, parenting), providing short-term support for family members, and linking families together for mutual support."(PTSD: National center for PTSD)

The Military Mission "To honor and empower wounded worriers."

  • "Vision: To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history."
  • "Purpose:
*To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.

*To help injured service members aid and assist each other.

*To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members."

The Military has provided veterans and active duty members with special programs that will help veterans overcome their problems and helping them adjust to civilian life.(Combat Stress Recovery Program)

Programs and Resources

Some of the programs and resources that have been provided are wounded worrier project(WWP) it provides many programs, activities,and also therapy.( Combat Stress Recovery Program) There's its a website that helps you find a rehab center that fits you and your needs and it gives you options to get a facility that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has provided or you can choose a private facility.(Military Treatment Facilities)There's also Sitrin rehabilitation center and it accepts wounded worriers and its similar to the (WWP) they have about the same activities.(Military Rehabilitation Program)These resources have been able to exist because of sponsors and donations.

Work Cited

  • "Combat Stress Recovery Program." PTSD & TBI Recovery & Military Injury Rehabilitation. ©2016 Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

  • "Military and Veterans Issues." Therapy for. Copyright © 2007 - 2016 All Rights Reserved., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

  • "Military Rehabilitation Program." Sitrin. N.p., n.d. Web.

  • "Military Treatment Facilities." Copyright © 2016, n.d. Web.

  • "PTSD: National Center for PTSD." Treatment of the Returning Iraq War Veteran -. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

  • "Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment." © 2016 Military Advantage, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.