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Programs and services for wounded warriors and their families

Why Heartbeat exists for wounded service members and families

Heartbeat exists to serve the many wounded service members in Washington state. They include those who were wounded in combat, injured in training overseas, and injured in training at home. We also help their families. When a man or woman serves in the military, the whole family serves — including spouse and children. Everyone sacrifices financially, emotionally, and physically.

We’re in awe of the military families’ sacrifices for us, complete strangers. They’re our heroes. Our donors agree, and thanks to them Heartbeat can help change our heroes’ lives, which affect all of us.

Heartbeat—Serving Wounded Warriors’ programs and services address the many challenges wounded service members and their families experience every day:

  • Physical injuries
  • Mental health problems
  • Financial burdens
  • Daily needs
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Social adjustments

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Therapeutic services for wounded warriors

Heartbeat’s therapeutic services for wounded warriors and their families provide innovative, evidence-based treatments. Licensed providers and certified professionals work with warriors to heal physical, mental, and emotional injuries. Heartbeat pays for all services.

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Emergency Assistance Program for warriors and families

The Emergency Assistance Program we offer gives financial help for life’s daily and unexpected needs.

A wounded service member separated from family for medical reasons still has living expenses. Separation can last months — two households must survive on one salary, especially if the family lives in another state.

Delayed military pay, which happens at times, and reduced pay, can mean no electricity for the home. Sometimes it means no food for the baby. We also offer assistance with airfare to bring a family member to the wounded warrior. A service member might also need to travel for a family funeral.

Heartbeat helps immediately — no repayment occurs.

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Morale-building programs for warriors and families

Our morale-building programs are critical to the well-being of our wounded warriors and their families. When morale is up, health improves. These programs show service members how much we appreciate their huge sacrifices. Building morale brings them a little bit of joy amid extreme challenges.

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Global War on Terrorism facts

Our programs are constantly growing because the need is increasing. We focus on those fighting the GWOT — Global War on Terrorism. As suicide bombers, with improvised explosive devices, and other terrorist threats increase in both Afghanistan and Iraq, so do our military operations. We see more and more wounded warriors every day. This will continue.

The Pentagon recently approved $300 million for research on PTSD and TBI. Communities feel the effects of these health issues: employment problems, health costs, domestic violence, and alcohol and drug abuse.

  • Roughly 300,000 troops have been diagnosed with PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — or depression.
  • It’s estimated that 320,000 troops may have TBI — traumatic brain injury.
  • Many troops with PTSD and TBI haven’t been diagnosed yet.
  • PTSD and TBI can lead to problem-solving abilities, short-term memory issues, death — including suicide — and more.
  • About 30,000 more U.S. troops will arrive in Afghanistan by August 2009.
  • Around 1.64 million U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries since 2001.
  • The military doesn’t have enough mental health professionals to meet the growing number of wounded service members.
  • Many physical injuries and mental health injuries occur together.

Heartbeat and our donors can’t change what happens on the battlefield, but we can make a difference here at home.

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