VETERANS SERVICES

OUR IMPACT

In 2018, the Y provided 600 monthly memberships to veterans.  82% of participating veterans report having gone from extreme daily anxiety to having moderate daily anxiety.  Vets also ranked their general level of motivation to participate in social activities on a typical day. After three months of Y membership, 74% reported an increased level of motivation to socialize.

HONORING SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

Everyday troops are returning home from war with not just physical trauma, but mental trauma as well.  The common diagnosis among  Veterans is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Anxiety Disorders.  Veterans are supported with the use of prescription drugs, group therapy and counseling sessions.  Even with this support, transitioning back into everyday life and the workforce can be a huge challenge.  Suicide rates, substance abuse, domestic violence and depression continue to rise. The conventional methods of treatment for these veterans are simply not enough.

One proven method of treatment that is gaining momentum is the use of physical fitness to alleviate the side effects of PTSD.  Physical fitness certainly helps relieve some of the pain and stiffness that most Veterans might have, but studies are reporting that having a regular physical fitness routine has also helped to decrease anger, night terrors, memory lapses, anxiety and depression in those veterans suffering from PTSD and Anxiety Disorders.  Having a regular physical fitness routine not only helps provide veterans with an outlet for their anxiety as they transition back into the work force, but also provides them with healthier habits.

More than 12,000 veterans in Erie County are currently treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Through the Y’s Veteran’s Services program, we provide free wellness programs and Y memberships for Veterans to help them deal with anxiety and return back to society. Veterans currently receiving services through the VA Medical Center are eligible.

MEMBERSHIPS

The YMCA of Greater Erie extends free one month adult memberships to local Veterans that participate in the VA Medical Center's Whole Health for Life. Memberships are available through any YMCA of Greater Erie location. Veterans simply present valid Veterans status identification as well as a referral flyer available through the VA Medical Center's Whole Health for Life program. Please contact your local YMCA branch for more information.

WHOLE HEALTH FOR LIFE

The VA Medical Center’s Whole Health for Life program is a patient-centered holistic approach to total wellness. This program goes beyond your illnesses, injuries or disabilities. 

Introduction to Whole Health

This session is designed to introduce you to the VA Whole Health approach to care. Through our programs and services at the Y, and most importantly, your own strengths and abilities, we will work together in healing and partnership to optimize your well-being with a focus on what is important to you YOU. Whole Health focuses on your values and aspiration, your health and well-being and includes self-care and complementary therapies (such as acupuncture, massage and yoga) along with your conventional medical care. Interested in learning more, register to attend an Introduction to Whole Health session.

Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 4-6 p.m. at the Glenwood Park Y, 3727 Cherry Street. To register contact Will Lachner, Whole Health Coach at 814-860-2447 or [email protected]

 

SUPPORT OUR VETERANS

More than 12,000 veterans in Erie County are currently treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans Services at the Y provides free wellness programs and Y memberships for Veterans to help them deal with anxiety and return back to society. We would love your support!

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