Shawn Gourley, founder of Military with PTSD and Author of "The War At Home" is now starting the process of building a hotline for Caretakers of Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Home Front Heroes is a new support hotline to help caregivers of veterans with PTSD. Shawn Gourley, the hotline's founder, is asking for help in the initial funding of the line. Gourley has already raised 33% of the needed funds through generous donations, but there is still more needed to make this dream a reality. In a recent interview Shawn describes her vision for the hotline and how it will help a group of people who feel like they are drowning in a sea of trials and loneliness.
Who will this hotline be for and why?Shawn: This hotline is for caregivers of Veterans/Military With PTSD the caregivers many times feel isolated and like they are the only ones going through this. They don’t really have anyone to talk to because no one understands. Caregivers are not really prepared for the effects of ptsd when the soldier returns home. Then there are not alot of resources available for caregivers.
Who will be working this hotline?Shawn: It is a peer to peer line, other caregivers who have “been there, done that” and completely understand what it is like to live with someone with PTSD.
Caretakers are put in some pretty extreme positions from time to time, will volunteers be able to make calls to local emergency departments?Shawn: Yes we will be able to call law enforcement if the need arises. All of our caregiver volunteers will be certified suicide gatekeepers.
Aside from providing caregivers with a much needed person to listen to them, what other tools will the hotline provide?Shawn: We will be able to refer them to more resources for help and education. We will be able to educate them on PTSD and give them communication skills to help them speak with thier veteran.
To make a donation to the new hotline visit Gofundme.com or to make just a $1 donation visit YouCaring.com