Missouri Organization Helps Veterans Heal Invisible Wounds (LISTEN)
A Missouri nonprofit serving the military community describes itself as a community of warriors helping warriors find true resilience. The Warrior’s Journey was launched in 2016 to help veterans deal with soul healing. He has helped over 1,500 suicidal people since then – not a single one has died by suicide.
Kevin Weaver, president and CEO of The Warrior’s Journey, said the top five issues facing service members and their families are isolation, meaninglessness, deep loss, fear and family breakdown.
“Everyone really wants a sense of belonging. They want to be loved. They want to find purpose and value,” he said.
At number 10, Weaver said, is post-traumatic stress disorder.
The formula of the organization’s work to help veterans is a community of “warriors” helping “warriors” find true resilience. Combat veterans, known as “warrior connectors,” work to help fellow veterans, active duty members, and their families. They offer intervention and prevention resources to heal these invisible wounds.
“We start by connecting them with a fellow warrior, someone who’s been where they’ve been — not an advisor,” he said. “It might come later, but someone they could just trust and start processing what they’re going through – someone who’s a like-minded brother or sister, from the same branch , from the same experience.
The Warrior’s Journey helps veterans in Missouri, the United States and around the world.
“We reach around 1,200 people a day, around 30,000 a month and more. We have exceeded our anticipated needs and so, I think, this meets the great need of individuals, warriors, as well as families of warriors and veterans,” he said.
The nonprofit, based in Springfield, partners with about 70 organizations to carry out this work.
To listen to the Show Me Today interview with Kevin Weaver, click below (16:48).
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