Tuesday, July 10, 2012

WRAP for Veterans and People in the Military

The process of recovery begins with you, but you don't have to do it alone!!!

I am currently attending a program that will certify me to conduct the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for veterans I serve.

If you are on active duty, in the reserves, or have been in the military, you may be having a hard time coping with the hardship, trauma, and loss related to military service and being involved in war-related activities. You may have feelings and experiences that are extremely upsetting, feelings that keep you from being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do. In addition, things may be happening in your life that are difficult to deal with. Family members and friends, who don’t understand what you are experiencing and why you are behaving the way you are, may not know how to respond or how to help. Some may try to help and others may turn away. You may feel like the situation is hopeless - that you will never feel well and enjoy life again.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan can help you in the process of recovery, of getting well and staying well, and of assisting you in becoming who you want to be and making your life the way you want it. It will also be helpful to you in adapting to any challenges you have in your life like chronic illness, serious disability, being on active duty, or dealing with extreme loss or grief.

This online version of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is specifically oriented for people who are in the military or have been in the military. There are video clips with Mary Ellen Copeland talking to veterans as they are developing their WRAPs. This WRAP is private and can be accessed at any time. You can make changes to it whenever you want and e-mail it to anyone you choose. WRAP can help with coordinating daily living as well as larger issued like depression and PTSD. This version of WRAP is very convenient for military personnel and is friendly, easy, and empowering. https://wrap.essentiallearning.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

After my certification I hope to begin providing classes specifically for veterans in Idaho that will help them develop a personal WRAP as well help them start down the road of recovery.

Call me at Riverside Rehab, Inc. (208) 853-8536 and I will help you with your WRAP in my veteran services department.

Did you know that:
  • More than 42 million American men and women have served in a time of war
  • Current Projected U.S. Veterans Population: 23,442,000
  • There are between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans who are homeless at some time during the year, that’s 23% of the homeless population
  • 89% of homeless veterans received Honorable Discharges
  • 33% of homeless veterans served in a war zone
  • Each year between 375,000 – 600,000 homeless veterans receive no assistance
  • 6 million veterans are living with a disability
  • 45% of veterans need help finding a job
  • 37% of veterans need help finding housing
  • Number of Veterans with for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (as of 09/30/08): 342,624


  1. Dear Gene,

    I just wanted to thank you so very much for helping our combat war fighters. Never having served in the military has not stopped me from helping those who have. I volunteer and my Patriot Promotions company helps (at no cost) many groups who need to get the word out that they have resources and connections that can help. Please note that www.veterancaregiver.com is also an available resource and we have had over 25 documented suicide prevention's while helping the caregivers of our wounded from all eras. Please feel free to link to my blog. I would be happy to give you a presence there and would also like to learn more about how WRAP works, as I am a mental health professional with over a decade of experience.

    Thank you again for your ongoing service to our country.


    Jill Trammell
    Patriot Promotions

  2. Jill, Thank you so much for commenting and I will definatly provide you link as a resource for Soldiers out there. WRAP is a great tool, because it is interactive, engaging and it is a living document that the individual can always change as they need. I could talk in depth aboutt he advantages of it but one really learns it power when they write there own WRAP. I am currently a first year Grad student studying Social Work and my dream is to help Vet's by providing a multitude of services that are Vt centric and Vet conducted. Thank you again for your kind words and the work you do and I hope you will continue to follow me.

  3. Just found you. Just wondering what you are up to presently?

    Am near West Palm, FL. They don't seem to be using this approach at either the Vet Centers and/or the Hospital groups, etc? Why, Don't you think? Am wife of Viet nam Vet....I need a WRAP myself!!