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Life After Service


In the war zone you worked with precision, under intense conditions. But now at home, a dripping faucet or misplaced car keys raises your tension level. Your patience is tested when your toddler drops her sandwich on the floor. This isn’t how you used to react. This isn’t you.

If you are like many Illinois service men and women, the challenges of transitioning back to daily life may surprise you. When you envisioned your return, you didn’t expect the experiences during your tour to come home with you. We’re here to tell you that you are not alone.

And if you are a family member observing these changes in your loved one, we’re here to support you, too.

Don’t wait. Call or chat today for confidential information and assistance. 1-866-554-IWAP (4927)

Featured Warriors Stories


Meet Dan


As a member of the National Guard, I was deployed to Iraq and am proud to have served my country. In September of 2005, I was injured in South Baghdad when an IED exploded and flipped over my tank. We lost two soldiers that day and I’ll never forget it.

I was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Coming back home and being around my loved ones and my family and friends allowed me to heal a lot quicker than if I had been on my own. Had this program been available during the initial stages of my injury, it would have helped me deal with the nightmares I faced over and over again of seeing my friends die right in front of me.

I believe the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program can help other troops who need someone to talk to. This a great opportunity for us, for our recovery and our transition back to everyday life.




Meet Matthew


Teresa,

My name is Matthew and I am a patient of Dawn. I have known her over the phone since October of last year. In the ensuing time that she has been my advocate. I have faced many problems ranging from legal, housing, childcare, custody, and not to mention my own mental issues. Never, and again I will say NEVER have I experienced the level of professionalism, empathy, and just God given common sense from a caregiver. I once called her my Angel, and that she is. I cannot count the times that I have called her in tears and she has bent over backwards to attend to my needs. Not only to the immediate ones, but those that anyone with common sense would anticipate would come up later.

I do not know how to express how I feel about her except to say that if we were serving together and we were under fire; I would want her close to me, or leading a team that is tasked to fight their way in, in order to help me fight my way out. Please accept this letter as my most sincere expression of appreciation. I have not felt this level of trust and camaraderie since I wore a uniform; whether I was a sailor, a soldier, a cop, or a correctional officer. In short, I trust her with my life, and if I am in trouble, I can call for help and she will be there without question. That means a lot to me.

Today Dawn suggested that I place a voice message on your phone and I declined. I needed to reduce my true feelings to a written document so that I can express EXACTLY how much I am indebted to her. If this letter makes a difference in a promotion, a raise, or even employee of the month; please offer any and all kudos to my sounding board, my savior, and most importantly my friend. My only biological child is still alive because of what Dawn has been fighting for. I am an old Army Sgt. For all intents and purposes I can sleep in the street or in a hole. Dawn has kept me going so that I can provide for this perfect little person that just turned 3 May 2 of this year. I can tell you that she is the best thing that has happened to me in my life. Again, I cannot thank you, Dawn, or your organization enough for what you have done and continue to do for me. I don’t ask for much, just enough to survive and to keep fighting. Thanks again and give Dawn all the kudos and rewards that your position allows and please share this letter with her co-workers to let them know who they are sitting next to. Communication is a very powerful thing. It can give you hope in the face of insurmountable odds. That is what Dawn and your organization gives me every day. Thank you so much for all you have done.

Very truly yours,

Featured Warriors Stories


Meet Dan


As a member of the National Guard, I was deployed to Iraq and am proud to have served my country. In September of 2005, I was injured in South Baghdad when an IED exploded and flipped over my tank. We lost two soldiers that day and I’ll never forget it.

I was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Coming back home and being around my loved ones and my family and friends allowed me to heal a lot quicker than if I had been on my own. Had this program been available during the initial stages of my injury, it would have helped me deal with the nightmares I faced over and over again of seeing my friends die right in front of me.

I believe the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program can help other troops who need someone to talk to. This a great opportunity for us, for our recovery and our transition back to everyday life.


Meet Matthew


Teresa,

My name is Matthew and I am a patient of Dawn. I have known her over the phone since October of last year. In the ensuing time that she has been my advocate. I have faced many problems ranging from legal, housing, childcare, custody, and not to mention my own mental issues. Never, and again I will say NEVER have I experienced the level of professionalism, empathy, and just God given common sense from a caregiver. I once called her my Angel, and that she is. I cannot count the times that I have called her in tears and she has bent over backwards to attend to my needs. Not only to the immediate ones, but those that anyone with common sense would anticipate would come up later.

I do not know how to express how I feel about her except to say that if we were serving together and we were under fire; I would want her close to me, or leading a team that is tasked to fight their way in, in order to help me fight my way out. Please accept this letter as my most sincere expression of appreciation. I have not felt this level of trust and camaraderie since I wore a uniform; whether I was a sailor, a soldier, a cop, or a correctional officer. In short, I trust her with my life, and if I am in trouble, I can call for help and she will be there without question. That means a lot to me.

Today Dawn suggested that I place a voice message on your phone and I declined. I needed to reduce my true feelings to a written document so that I can express EXACTLY how much I am indebted to her. If this letter makes a difference in a promotion, a raise, or even employee of the month; please offer any and all kudos to my sounding board, my savior, and most importantly my friend. My only biological child is still alive because of what Dawn has been fighting for. I am an old Army Sgt. For all intents and purposes I can sleep in the street or in a hole. Dawn has kept me going so that I can provide for this perfect little person that just turned 3 May 2 of this year. I can tell you that she is the best thing that has happened to me in my life. Again, I cannot thank you, Dawn, or your organization enough for what you have done and continue to do for me. I don’t ask for much, just enough to survive and to keep fighting. Thanks again and give Dawn all the kudos and rewards that your position allows and please share this letter with her co-workers to let them know who they are sitting next to. Communication is a very powerful thing. It can give you hope in the face of insurmountable odds. That is what Dawn and your organization gives me every day. Thank you so much for all you have done.

Very truly yours,

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