Post-Traumatic Stress Defined

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PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a lifethreatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time.

People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

PTSD is marked by clear biological changes as well as psychological symptoms. PTSD is complicated by the fact that people with PTSD often may develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other problems of physical and mental health. The disorder is also associated with impairment of the person’s ability to function in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems and divorces, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.

PTSD can be treated. Early treatment is important and may help reduce long-term symptoms. Unfortunately, many people do not know that they have PTSD or do not seek treatment.


While peer and small group support opportunities encompass much of our program, they are augmented by necessary one-on-one PTSD Mentoring time with trained mentors. We utilize a faith-based, step program as the foundation of the Camp Hope recovery program, individual mentor sessions, the Combat Trauma Support Groups and in working with veterans and families nationwide committed to healing via multiple media avenues.

We have multiple mentors on staff who spend time with each resident on a daily basis each week. All are former residents themselves who have learned to apply the foundational principles and found success in working them out in their lives. Each one has a story to tell and they each have a passion for paying forward what they were taught at Camp Hope through the program.

"I choose to serve God and my fellow man by guiding my brothers in arms to healing through Christ."
Brandon Cline
"How do you say no to the community that provided me hope and saved my life? I am here to share the miracles within that have been showed to me."
Chris Daniel
"God has called me to fight, to lead my brothers out of the pit and into the light."
Alex Yutzey
"I want to help make better men and to make them disciples because that is what I am called to do."
Theodore Wooten
"Camp Hope saved my life and it is where I received my calling to do the same for others."
Kenny Thomas
"To pay forward the blessing that has been bestowed upon me by godly men at Camp Hope."
Anthony Muro
"I do what I do because God tells me to be the vessel and leader of the broken on account of my experience, strength and hope."
Shane Hawthrone
"I want to reach that hard-headed, set-in-their-ways guy who is like I once was. I want to show them a better way to live, God's way!"
Oliver Johnson
"I want to help other Veterans through some of the same problems I struggled with."
Christopher Cooning
"My experience, journey, and God has led me to give back to those who have been down the same hard and difficult road I have traveled."
Charles Frank
Jeffrey Mayor
"I want to show these gentlemen a better way to live through my actions and show them this really works, I want to give back what was given to me."
Jeffrey Mayor
Brandon Hartzburg
"The mentors I had in the program changed my life. They spent countless extra hours helping me when they did not have to. I want to bring that same truth in love and healing to other combat veterans who have no hope."
Brandon Hartzburg

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Camp Hope is a one-of-a-kind facility that features a six-month program in which residents attend group lessons and support sessions with other Combat Veterans. They conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors and participate in small off-site group interaction activities. In addition, Camp Hope residents interact with others to educate the community on the invisible wounds of war.

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