Football Great Teams With Organizations To Help Troops
May 2, 2008
Most Americans have no clue what our Troops deal with during their service to our country and what life is like for them after they return home following a combat tour. Oftentimes, their spouses and other family members aren’t sure what to expect, or what life will be like with their Soldier after he or she returns from combat. An organization in Texas, United We Serve, is teaming up with NFL star Herschel Walker and therapist Jerry Mungadze to offer a unique program, which will help prepare Soldiers and their families to better understand what their life will be like after a combat tour.
The goal of the program is to offer support to members of the military, veterans and their families. The program will focus on providing them information about combat stress, it’s signs and symptoms, as well as how that can affect family life. For Walker, this subject is a personal one, as he has been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, or as most people know it, “multiple personalities.”
He knows firsthand how these types of problems can affect not only the person suffering from them, but their family as well.
“We just want to help them understand that they may go through some rough spots. Their families will be lost as to what they can do to help them,” Walker said. “We want to give them as much information and support as we possible can.”
Walker was unable to serve in the military, due to an injury he received. However, he has a deep love and devotion to our Troops. He feels that by participating in the program, and helping to present the seminars, he can serve our country, by supporting the men and women who serve in the military.
Mungadze, has worked in the field of trauma recovery for over 20 years. He says that psychological trauma, such as the sights of war can affect the way that a persons brain processes information. This may result in uncharacteristic behaviors that can affect the lives of the servicemember, as well as the lives of their family members.
“We want to give this information to those that need it, and follow up with free weekend retreats through United We Serve, that encompasses the whole family,” Mungadze said. “If they need additional information, we can hold a workshop for these families at no charge and help meet their needs. We just want them to know that we are here for them and want to honor their efforts.”
United We Serve is a Texas based organization dedicated to serving the military community and their family members, before, during and after deployments. The first in what is hopefully many seminars, will be held in Killeen, Texas on Sunday, May 25th. Registration for the event can be made by visiting the United We Serve website.
What a great project. It’s awesome to see celebrities such as Herschel Walker participating in such an event. Hopefully more celebrities will follow his lead. Please visit their website to find out more about their organization and how you can help to make a difference in the lives of the men and women serving in our country’s Armed Forces.