*Jim Lorraine 22-Year Air Force Officer/Flight Nurse and President/CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership www.americaswarriorpartnership.org
*Dr. Jasmine Townsend, PhD, CTRS, Assistant Professor at Clemson University www.clemson.edu Talking about a Research Study on Recreational Wellness helping Military, Veterans with PTSD and More
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ABOUT Dr. Jasmine Townsend
Jasmine Townsend is a recreational therapist. She received her B.A. in history teaching and PE/coaching from Utah State University, her M.S. in youth and family recreation from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University. Her research interests include examining the impacts of family recreation participation on family well-being for different types of families, as well as the outcomes of participation in recreation programs (both therapeutic and non-therapeutic) for injured military service members and their families.
ABOUT JIM LORRAINE
Jim Lorraine is the President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, a national not-for-profit organization that empowers communities to empower veterans. Prior to his current duties, Jim served as the founding Director of the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition, a wounded warrior advocacy organization recognized as the gold standard in supporting more than 4,000 special operations force wounded, ill, or injured and their families.
During his six years as the Director of the Care Coalition, Jim also served as Special Assistant for Warrior and Family Support to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role, he created a document transforming the Chairman’s “Sea of Goodwill” concept into a strategy.
Jim served 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Flight Nurse. His service includes operations in Saudi Arabia, Central America, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a staff officer, Jim served as a Fellow to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and lastly as the Deputy Command Surgeon for the United States Special Operations Command.
His military awards include the Bronze Star, Secretary of Defense Outstanding Civilian Award, USSOCOM Outstanding Public Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Exceptional Civilian Award.
Jim was born and raised in Clinton, New York. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Nursing and also a graduate of Webster University where he received a master’s degree in computer resources and Information Management.
America’s Warrior Partnership Collaborates on Research into Recreation-Based Health and Wellness Programs for Military Veterans
— Clemson University research finds adaptive sports and recreation therapy has positive mental health impact on veterans and their families —
WASHINGTON – April 3, 2018 – America’s Warrior Partnership, a national veteran-serving nonprofit, is assisting researchers from Clemson University and other academic institutions in collecting data to measure the impact of recreation-based health and wellness programs for military service members, veterans and their families. An initial study resulting from the partnership found that veterans participating in these programs experience a positive shift in mental health functioning. Future studies will analyze the impact of recreation and leisure activities on military families as they transition to civilian life.
“One of our priorities is to educate veterans on the resources that are available to them within their community, and we hope this research will help to better inform them of the benefits they may gain from recreation-based health and wellness programs,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership.
“Our Four Star Alliance https://americaswarriorpartnership.org/four-star-alliance/ initiative is dedicated to providing adaptive sports and recreation therapy opportunities to our nation’s warriors, so we’re well positioned to connect researchers with veterans who have participated in these type of programs.”
The first study, titled “Preliminary Long-Term health Outcomes Associated with Recreation-based Health & Wellness Programs for Injured Service Members,” examined the health outcomes of 127 veterans who participated in Project Sanctuary, a week-long recreation-based health and wellness family retreat for injured military service members. The results indicated that participants experienced notable improvements in mental health functioning immediately following the program. Researchers also studied the long-term duration of these improvements and found that participants maintained positive psychological health changes both three and six months after the program.
“Very little research has been conducted into the effectiveness of recreation-based health and wellness programs on military service members and their families,” said Jasmine Townsend, Ph.D, CTRS, assistant professor at Clemson University, who acted as the principal investigator of the study. “These families experience a unique set of challenges, especially during combat deployments, so we hope this research and future projects will start a national conversation about the most effective ways to support warriors with reintegration.”
America’s Warrior Partnership will assist Dr. Townsend and her team with a second study examining the impact of recreation and leisure on the reintegration of military families who have experienced a combat deployment. The study is slated to be completed in 2019.
For more information on America’s Warrior Partnership, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.
About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute.For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
Thank You to the Following for making programs possible:
Bill Wischnewsky – 20+ Year Army Veteran and`