Servicemembers are people that bravely serve their country in the Armed Forces, and they are those that go forth on the battlefield. Members of the US Armed forces come home, or finish their tours of duty often in high stress; combat situations come home and encounter personal stress and anxiety. They hesitate to seek help because they do not want to earn a label as being weak, or soft. Because of this, there has been a need for support for Servicemembers to be able to receive assistance without fear of being looked down on or labeled.
There has been a lot of talk and finally a mental health professional created a program to help out. The idea is very simple: Service professionals in the mental health field sign up, and then donate an hour, or multiple hour blocks of time for free, to listen to and treat military Servicemembers. If they seek treatment through the chain of command, or through traditional military medical services, they risk being labeled or looked down upon. Many veterans suffer in silence because of not being able to openly seek treatment. A Treatment professional, Dr. Barbara V. Romberg identified that many Veterans that are coming home or who deal with combat stress need in depth aid and support. Because much of the combat related specialties are based on positive can do morale, and a warrior type attitude, sometimes when Servicemembers seek mental health treatment, they can be perceived as weak. So, acting alone she began a program called Give An Hour. Now veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, brain injuries, as well as other stress have a way out. There are written records kept, but the records are not kept for military reasons. All records are kept are confidential, and military members can receive professional support, Many Servicemembers who serve in the military experience a great deal of stress in serving their country. Because of their job or their service specialty, they encounter stress and then they cannot always seek treatment. Many veterans have already benefited over the last two years from the program, and received support and encouragement that have allowed them to become healthy. The program has been in effect for two years and has been wildly successful. The services are available over the Internet, at www.giveanhour.org. When you visit the web site you can enter your zip code, and be directed to the closest professional that offers services near you.
Recently, over 1,000 professionals have signed up nationally, and there are now providers available in most areas of the country through the Give-An-Hour network.