Serving California places a special emphasis on veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and other physical and emotional challenges. Through our partners, we provide an array of services and programming to our wounded warriors that address their social, spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Currently, Serving California is partnered with and supports the great work being done by the Mighty Oaks Foundation and the WAVES Project.
Suicide rates among U.S. Vets
22 per day
Serving California founder and Board Chairman, Wayne Hughes Jr., had the vision to use his property, SkyRose Ranch – a beautiful, 22,000-acre retreat – as a place where our warriors can go to undertake their journey toward a new future. It is here, nestled in the beauty of a pristine Central California landscape, that the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs take place.
The program emphasizes the role of faith in healing, particularly in the field of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), and they aim to restore individuals and families that have been broken by the scourges of combat. We understand the rigors of recovery, and rely on peer-to-peer methods of facilitated recuperation. Because the stigma associated with seeking out mental health care is particularly strong within the military, veterans are one of the most difficult populations for mental health-care professionals to reach, and this is why peer-based support systems are so important in the field of recovery. Your support provides the opportunity for hundreds of men and women annually to get the support they need.
Suicide rate for serving California mighty oaks alumni veterans
20% of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD
50% do not seek treatment. Of the 50% who do, the care is considered “minimally adequate”
WAVES PROJECT was established to help our veterans who have service related injuries, either physical or emotional trauma to experience the freedom and challenge of SCUBA Diving.
The unique properties of this aquatic environment enhances interventions that are ideal for combat wounded veterans as they rehabilitate from various injuries received in combat such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, along with a host of other injuries received in battle. Scuba diving takes the advantages of the properties of water, including weightless and limited audio input, allowing Combat wounded veterans to exercise in a therapeutic environment. Your support will provide the opportunity for hundreds of veterans to receive this type of therapy.
Your time and dollars are valuable, and we know you want to truly make a difference. We support these great organizations working on behalf of California's veterans, and we think they're worth your efforts.