Some frequently asked questions. Please email us if you have anything you'd like to ask about our program!
Some criticize DV as being crass. Why?
DV is the road to functionality in the same way western medicine cures bacterial illness with antibiotics: the treatment is the compliment of the cause. In the uniformed services extreme and irreverent humor is the cure for extreme stress and pain. It is often necessary to laugh at the things that threaten us daily. However, one day we’ll all be functional and we’ll have to adopt an FV (Functional Veteran) moniker, but in the meantime we have a lot of work to do and a lot of DV’s to assist.
Why does the DV Farm concept work?
We bring family, security, regular meals, humor and a unique veteran camaraderie to every resident. This 24/7 support system will be where the DV FARM will truly stand out from traditional rehabilitation services. This is the roadmap that Dysfunctional Veterans believes provides the greatest chance for vets to succeed in kicking addiction and getting permanently off the street!
What's the basis of your program?
Along with residential facilities the farm will provide a balanced nutritional program, animal therapy and structure. The DV Farm also employs social workers - with firsthand veteran experience - and offers support groups to enable appropriate assistance. Additionally, fellow veteran residents provide a renewed sense of belonging and camaraderie essential to recovery.
Will Vet homelessness increase overall?
Probably. We feel that the number of vets in need of mental health services (or related assistance) will rise. As the incidence of multiple deployments became increasingly common, soldiers were subjected to longer and multiple tours of duty and are clearly at risk for higher incidences of stress-related disorders.
Is psychiatry for PTSD effective?
WE feel that with help, time, and an organized care management system, most vets confronting PTSD or polytrauma can recover. We must examine the attempts of US psychiatrists to treat and prevent the psychiatric consequences of war by implementing screening programs, providing early intervention strategies for acute war-related syndromes near the front lines (“forward psychiatry”), and mitigating the symptoms of long-term psychiatric disability after deployment. Drugs aren't always the cure however, but via a concerted effort we can find healthier more effective treatments.
Where do you start with a new Vet?
Addiction is a prominent cause of veteran homelessness therefore in finding a way to get off the street individuals invariably need to confront this hurdle. However, if the only step the individual takes is to attempt to give up alcohol and drugs then they are unlikely to succeed longterm. A focused treatment program supported by a team, guidance in managing temptations during recovery and appropriate aftercare all assist the individual in maintaining sobriety.