The Warrior’s Project:
Building Homes for Veterans
For many combat veterans who struggle with PTSD, returning home doesn’t always feel like “home”. They may feel disconnected from friends or family, or struggle to remember how to get home, pick up groceries, or even important dates like anniversaries and birthdays while always being able to recall the smallest details from every mission they’ve been on. For some of these warriors, the weight of living with PTSD and the constant challenges of adjusting to life outside of the military can make it difficult to focus on basic needs such as living within an accommodating home. In fact, an estimated 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk for homelessness due to a variety of complex factors, including lack of support networks and limited affordable housing. In order to provide a solution, Operation: Warrior’s Path has developed The Warrior’s Project, a program dedicated to building homes for veterans.
This is a veterans housing assistance program designed to help soldiers ground themselves in their community while establishing a foundation for their future through home building. We believe it’s important for program participants to have their “skin in the game”, so as part of the Warrior’s Project, veterans work alongside other community members to modify existing structures, repair improperly working household features, and build new homes for troops from the ground up.
How the Warrior’s Project Works
While building homes for wounded soldiers is one of the main goals of the Warrior’s Project, our mission extends beyond this. Our primary goal is to give veterans the tools to achieve greater emotional stability. Those who are selected to be a part of the Warrior’s Project are soldiers who have established a healthy lifestyle and who have a relationship with Operation: Warrior’s Path. After the initial requirements are achieved veterans will be eligible to apply for a new home build or modifications to an existing structure. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Once we approve an application, community volunteers and veterans will begin completing the work that doesn’t require specialized training, such as clearing land and cleaning up lots. We try to bring in as many community members as possible, in order to let veterans bond with their neighbors and build a strong social support network.
Veterans and their family members are encouraged to contribute what they can in terms of time and labor, but they do not have to reach a set number of hours on the project. We often find that veterans enter a project with useful DIY skills, such as tiling or cabinet installation, that help bring down labor costs for new residences. By participating in their own home building project, veterans are also able to take control over this part of their lives and take pride in constructing a stable foundation (both physically and emotionally).
How We Build Homes
Getting Involved in Our Homes for Veterans Project
Operation: Warrior’s Path is currently in the process of gearing up to accept veteran and volunteer applications for the Warrior’s Project, and we want to hear from you if you believe you or someone else you know could benefit from this program. We encourage interested vets to participate in both the Warrior’s Path and Project if possible, since both our programs are part of a journey towards a future that isn’t controlled by PTSD.
Are you a family member or friend of a vet who you think would benefit from a homes for veterans program? Nominate him or today to get started on the right path to a life without PTSD.
Are you interested in getting involved in building homes for veterans? If you support the Warrior’s Project, please take a moment to provide a donation in any way. We are accepting funds, specific resources we can use to build homes, and volunteer work. If you are unable to make a donation, we encourage you to easily share or tweet our page to spread awareness of the Warrior’s Project so we can all do our duty to battle PTSD and bring our veterans back home.
Build Your Foundation with the Warrior’s Project
If you are a veteran struggling with PTSD or if you know a family member or friend fighting this constant battle, please contact Operation: Warrior’s Path today. Our goal is to provide solutions that ensure PTSD does not lay claim to another victim. There is a way home with the Warrior’s Project.