By Chad Robichaux,
Did you know that more than 20 veterans a day commit suicide and the combat veteran divorce rate is over 80%? There is no question that our great country has fallen short of providing adequate services to our veterans as they transition back into civilian life.
Did you also know that you can be part of our mission?
Our Legacy Programs at Mighty Oaks Foundation teach our veterans how to fight through their challenges related to military life, combat deployments, and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress. We have had over 4,500 alumni who have graduated from our Legacy Programs who have successfully set a new trajectory for their relationship with God, themselves, their families, their faith, and their careers. I am so proud of every one of our veterans alumni. Mighty Oaks Foundation has one of the most successful veteran programs available today and here’s why.
OUR PROGRAM LEADERS OVERCAME THE SAME STRUGGLES
Many veterans have no one to help them navigate through their struggles with PTSD, combat related trauma, suicidal thoughts, their faith, and their reintegration into civilian life. But our leadership knows first-hand what veterans go through because our leaders are veterans too. Only those who have been through the same struggles can truly understand them. That’s why we’ve made it a point to employ veteran leaders who have graduated from our Legacy Programs.
A COMMUNITY FOR VETERANS
Community is where we find comfort during difficult times. We need a sense of belonging, and that sense of belonging is what connects us to the many relationships we form. For many veterans, depression and suicide is a direct result of alienation and a lack of the social support needed to reenter civilian life. Isolated by differences and with no one to confide in, many of us are left to cope with the hardships associated with combat related trauma. Mighty Oaks is a powerful community for our warriors.
As veterans, we’re proud that we served, but I think many of us feel like we’ve capped out after our service is over. We’re trained for action, never for rest, and are demoralized when our experiences can’t help others. For some of us, our whole identity is caught up in the military, but we must relearn how to take responsibility for ourselves and understand that God has a purpose for all of us beyond our service to our country.
RESTORED FAITH IN GOD
An important part of our Legacy Programs is teaching the gospel because without the gospel, hope cannot exist. Faith in Jesus is not blind, faith is action based on our trust in Jesus. And it begins by knowing Him. It’s one thing to believe, it’s another thing to act on that belief by trusting Him. And we believe this is where true healing begins.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” –Jeremiah 29:11-13
After completion of one of our Legacy Programs, we provide continuous care through our Aftercare Program. This includes our weekly Outpost meetings, run by our Legacy Program instructors that are held at churches across the country. They are open to local veterans, active-duty servicemen and women, first responders, and Legacy Program alumni. They serve as our primary program aftercare and accountability structure. The aim of these meetings is to support and encourage each person as they continue to grow and face challenges pre and post Legacy Program.
I thank you for your interest in Mighty Oaks Foundation and for taking the time to learn more about what makes our Legacy Programs so effective. I hope you feel led to support our mission of serving and resorting our nations warriors. There are many ways to get involved including clicking the link below. Thank you for sharing Mighty Oaks Foundation and our Legacy Programs with others, for praying for us, and your financial support. God Bless you.
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