Saving lives by bridging the divides.
With a relentless focus on the future, we strive to have our veterans, and other powerful communities work together to promote both moral righteousness and social impact. We build sustainable bridges of trust, unity, and respect between our service members, and other influential communities through advocacy, community relations, and media outreach. Our newsworthy events and projects open the doors for shared opportunities and a shared sense of community.
Social support is such a crucial buffer to psychological distress (Kessler and McLeod 1985). Meanwhile, today's Iraq and Afghanistan combat soldiers must do this within a larger society in which he or she feels increasingly marginalized and misunderstood.
Bringing back a sense of "selves" through community unity.
In war, the sense of self has been converted to the sense of (bonded) selves—it is not individualized. The military (and combat) experience systematically breaks down a soldier's individualism and autonomy. The cohesion, discipline, and order can instill the feeling of being owned by the institution. This experience is magnified by the dissociation and emotional withdrawal that warfare demands. In post-deployment, former soldiers must reacquaint with their civilian loved ones (and former self). The effort to be congruent with one’s identity and sense of self is often agonizing, because when individuals fail to achieve desired consistency (between situation and belief of self) they experience cognitive and/or emotional dissonance that gets manifested as distress (Charmaz 1983; Elson 2003; Lively and Smith 2011).
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