Holistic Healing for Heroes

Connecting Former Military Members And First Responders To Non-Pharmaceutical Options For PTSD

Anyone who has ever separated from the military has faced the “What’s next?” question. The last 10 months of my life, since being medically retired, has been a pain. H4H has aided me in all the things I couldn’t figure out—from medical stuff to the “brotherhood” and reconnecting with other vets. —Josh Graf

The Healing for Heroes Project is a personal, outward expression of the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful). 

H4H seeks to provide information about, and access to, alternative and non-pharmaceutical methods for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in former military service members, first responders and their families. We believe that creating a family environment for healing is better and ultimately more effective than concentrating solely on the service member. 

We also believe that there is no one perfect solution for the troubles that plague our heroes suffering from PTSD. For this reason, we are putting our efforts into building a network of different methods and ideologies, affording those in need with many treatment options and allowing them to find healing on their own terms.


Effective Alternatives 

Many of us have heard the statistics: More than 20 service members commit suicide on a daily basis. Our nation’s heroes are dying at their own hand, a secondary result of the horrific events associated with war.  

Men and women are so frustrated by a system that, for whatever reason, cannot provide them the attention, treatment and healing they so desperately seek, that they’re ending their pain in a terrible way. The pharmaceutical treatments employed by the VA are not effective, merely dulling service members’ pain or, in more frequently occurring instances, overmedicating them, leaving them nearly catatonic. Either way, their problems are not being solved.

Inspiration, education and empowerment are at the center of all that we stand for.  We seek to inspire those who suffer to realize there are more options for their healing. We endeavor to educate them on the different options available, by partnering with alternative care providers and facilitating events highlighting these alternative therapies. And by standing shoulder to shoulder with them, we empower them to find healing and peace in their own lives.

Today, more than ever, the nation is aware of and sympathetic to the needs of the men and women who suffer from psychological trauma. Our goals for the present are to continue building our network of caregivers and service providers, and to fundraise to offset or cover the costs of these treatments. Our goals for the future are to seek legislative change for the way military service members are processed out of the military and reintegrated into society.

The Healing for Heroes Project operates under the T.C. Lane Make a Difference Foundation, a 501(c)(4), so that it can actively seek legislative change. H4H also partners with The Beckoning, a 501(c)(3), and Sonshine Counseling Services of Fort Walton Beach.

Justin Ammons is executive director of Healing for Heroes. For more information, call 850-378-2388, info@makeadifferenceok.org or visit MakeADifferenceOK.org/healing-for-heroes-project/ or Facebook@makeadifferenceh4h.  

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Integrative Chiropractic

As the only healthcare provider in Gulf Breeze and the surrounding community that provides thermography scans, Integrative Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Solutions has doubled down on its longtime commitment to use safe and natural methods to treat the whole individual, says owner Dr. Karen Cann.

Bodyworks by Bull

Earl “Bull” Tullock became a licensed massage therapist in 1980, but he didn’t fulfill his lifelong dream— starting his own therapeutic massage practice—until 2004, when he retired from the U.S. Air Force and opened Bodyworks by Bull Therapeutic Massage, in Shalimar.


Not long ago, Sharalee Hoelscher was seated on an airplane next to a geriatrician, and so she took the opportunity to ask her seatmate a question: “What’s the most important thing we can do now to make old age easier later?” The doctor didn’t hesitate. “Keep moving!” she replied.

Miracle Masque

Since ancient times, indigenous cultures have used the clay formed by volcanic ash as a healing agent. The modern appreciation for all-natural health products has ignited fresh interest in the benefits of bentonite clay.

When it comes to health, what goes on the body is as important as what goes in it.

A recent study by Women’s Voices for the Earth warns that chemicals in standard salon products are dangerous to both salon professionals and clients alike. “Studies across the globe have found correlations between chemical exposures in salons and adverse health outcomes in employees,” said lead author Alexandra Scranton, WVE’s director of science and research.