It’s been well documented that the Special Operations community wrestles with a higher rate of suicide than the rest of the US military. As an organization, we have been working to ensure that members of SOF are receiving the appropriate and necessary care that will help those who need it when they need it.
A major hurdle in treating members of the SOF community is that Veteran Affairs and the medical community are not experienced in treating Operators and are instead treating them like every other Soldier or civilian. We were fortunate to speak with Dr. Frueh, the man who coined the term “Operator Syndrome” to account for all the unique hardships and health issues that SOF members deal with every day. He explains the need for increased research on this matter and what our organization can do to help.