Who are we and what do we do?
We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that provides crisis intervention, jail diversion, therapy, and care coordination at no cost to the veteran.
The idea of It Takes a Warrior comes from a statement that "it takes a warrior to ask for help". This is truly an understatement when discussing the military culture that veterans keep with them forever after discharge.
We keep in contact with our law enforcement to assist them in any veteran emergency they are called to. We have trained staff that have an understanding in handling at risk populations, but also because our lead interventionist is a combat veteran and Licensed Masters Social Worker.
The only qualifying requirement is that the individual in crisis is a veteran. This veteran does not have to have an honorable discharge status. A veteran is any individual that has served in the armed forces.
It is estimated that 460,000 veterans suffer from PTSD, 300,000 are currently homeless, and 5,000 veterans take their own lives a year. That's approximately 1 veteran taking their own life every 2 hours.
How we differ from the VA?
We serve veterans who do not qualify for VA services, and/or veterans who do qualify for VA services that have had a hard time reaching success in that treatment regime. If the Veteran does qualify for VA services, we will encourage them to return once they are not in crisis. It Takes a Warrior will assist these veterans in navigating the VA to ensure success with the services.