When Dr. Rita Spilken realized there would be a “human tsunami” of veterans returning from war zones in 2005 who would need help with health issues, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), she started the Our House Foundation (OHF). Since then the foundation has served about 600 military personnel and their families.
With the wars continuing, the needs of returning veterans have become widely known and addressed through numerous wounded warrior programs. While OHF continues with counseling and other established programs, the foundation has decided to start a special program called, “The Athena Project” to specifically address the ever-growing aftermath of military sexual assault.
The VA reports that one in three women and one in five men have been sexually assaulted by a comrade in arms. These statistics are followed by another, equally shocking, fact – female veterans have become the fastest growing population of the homeless community throughout the US.
The Athena Project Helps Returning Women Vets Transition Back into Society
Besides continuing to raise awareness of PTSD and MST, Our House Foundation is focused on raising funds to build a state-of-the-art reintegration facility in the heartland of America. The purpose of the facility is to enable female veterans from around the country to receive the help and treatment they deserve and need.
Through donations, sponsorships and grants, the facility will offer full range of health services and evaluations, neurological testing, individual and family psychotherapy, wellness activities and opportunities for women to learn new skills to accommodate employment opportunities.
From Combat Boots to Heels Life Expo
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Joining Community Forces and Our House Foundation will present a Life Expo at The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield, Missouri.
The 2014 National Champion JROTC all Female Color Guard will kick off the event, followed by numerous speakers about programs for veterans and a demonstration by Harken Kennels of service dogs for service members. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to find out more about The Athena Project and the numerous ways we can support and honor our women veterans. Click here for the Our House Foundation contact information.