Some military service members find it difficult to process the traumatic experiences they have encountered during war. Angela Brown from the national desk introduces us to a program called Big Sky Bravery that aims to assist special operations troops.
Jake Coffin, a retired Air Force pararescue man, explains the gruesome nature of war and how it is hard to comprehend the things one has witnessed and done. Coffin, who spent a significant amount of time deployed, recounts his own struggles and even contemplating suicide.
However, after being recommended Big Sky Bravery, he and others have found renewed hope and no longer wish to harm themselves. Jeremy Keller, a retired First Sergeant and the Chief Strategy Officer for Big Sky Bravery, shares his own experiences and the toll that combat took on his personal life.
Inspired by his brother-in-law’s struggles, Josh McCain founded Big Sky Bravery eight years ago, aiming to support individuals who have dedicated their lives to defending the constitution. The program allows active duty Special Operation Forces to decompress through high adrenaline activities during a week-long retreat.
In addition to recreational activities, the program encourages vulnerability as a means to find success. Service members are asked probing questions about their troubles, providing them with a mental and emotional restart. The ultimate goal is for these individuals, burdened by the horrors of combat, to leave the program with hope.
Big Sky Bravery relies on financial support from the public, and viewers are invited to scan the QR code on their screen to contribute. Thus far, approximately 477 service members, both men and women, have participated in the program..