Operation Healing Journey
Operation Healing Journey has been Honor House's keystone program. As a vision from our founder Brian Mancini, OHJ was created to bring Veteran-centered care to the doorstep of the Veteran in transition. We do this by partnering with a large variety of care providers across Arizona and providing tailored support to the men and women we serve.
Operation Healing Journey focuses on the continuation of the Veterans transition by developing an individualized plan for life with them. During this 90-day program, working closely with their Veteran Transition Specialist, the Veteran finds and engages in community based therapies and activities that they can utilize for a lifetime. This program provides the Veteran with the tools and resources they can draw upon to promote health and wellbeing physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually throughout their life journey.
It is our aim to provide a proactive approach in assisting to fill the transitional and medical gaps from the departure of the military into the civilian sector.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
Guys, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the time that you've invested in me. Even in this short time I've noticed a difference. I know that I'm far from being where I should but I wanted to express how grateful I am for you guys believing in me at a time where I thought there was no one. It has been a dark road thus far and I can honestly say I see light again. I can see that though my life may not be perfect, it is my life and I want to make the most of it. Yesterday, at equine therapy I was frustrated, annoyed, and disappointed in myself, because I could not accomplish the objective. I realized that I wasn’t supposed to accomplish this objective right now. The exercise opened my eyes to who I am and who I'm supposed to be.
— Operation Healing Journey particpant
The US Military has been involved in major combat operations since 2001. The "signature wound" from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom has been combat-related PTS and traumatic brain injury. 1 in 5 returning combat veterans have been diagnosed with PTS and/or traumatic brain injury. The rate of suicide in combat veterans has risen to 22 each and every day.
Alternative therapy is defined as "any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, etc.) not included in traditional medical curricula." Alternative therapies that have proven effective in the treatment of those with combat-related PTS and TBI include spinal networking, acupuncture, yoga, Tai Chi, animal therapies, and outdoor recreation therapies. *
*Strauss, Ph.D., Jennifer L. and Ariel J. Lang, Ph.D., MPH, "Complementary and Alternative Treatments for PTSD" PTSD Research Quarterly, Vol. 23 (2012): n. pag
* Office of research and development "PTSD and Complementary Alternative Medicine. NP. 17 May 2011. Web. 14 July 2014
PTS and TBI are REAL problems that many of our service members are facing today. PTS is often caused by a sensory overload of negative events. OHJ seeks to influence the healing process and cause a sensory overload of positive events.
Taking control of their own healing calendars and utilizing resources from within their own communities allows each client the opportunity to have a voice in at least some part of their own healing.
Although there is no "magic pill" to cure the signature wounds of combat today, the alternative therapies discussed, in conjunction with traditional medical practices and taking a proactive instead of a reactive approach to their healing can allow veterans to adapt to the changes that have occurred within their lives.
Ready to Start?
Our team is here to help. Please reach out to one of our Veteran Transition Specialists to get started on your path to healing. They are here to answer any questions you may have about our programs, begin the application process, and connect you with resources.