While the national suicide rate is 17.5, the overall population suicide rate for Colorado is 26.1 and for Colorado veterans 42.9 making Colorado one of the highest states in the nation for Veteran suicide loss of life. We know that contributing factors to veteran suicides are mental health issues, narcotic use/addiction, unresolved chronic pain from physical trauma, Post Traumatic Stress, Interpersonal trauma and more. The size of the problem has overwhelmed many of the existing channels for care on a national level and communities are turning to the nonprofit sector to provide for the gaps in care. Healing Warriors Program, a 501c3 nonprofit headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, exists to provide non-narcotic options to opioids and interrupt the factors that contribute to veteran suicide.
Each day, our staff is inspired by the life changing work you make possible. Whether it’s at our Fort Collins and Greeley clinic offices, at our monthly free walk-in clinics along the Colorado front range, and for our hundreds of active duty troops, some serving on local bases, some leaving or returning from challenging deployments overseas. Our supporters are the reason we can bring in teams to provide much-needed care.
On October 5, 2018 we received the prestigious Newman’s Own Award honoring us as one of five nation-wide non-profits to be recognized for innovation in Veteran Services. We were honored to receive the award at the Pentagon from General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This award has spotlighted our work and opened the door for broader conversations around Integrative Care for which we are an acknowledged subject matter expert.