The six day FOCUS program is unique in its approach to training and differs from any currently available program – either government or private. The FOCUS course starts by addressing the core issues of combat stress – anger, anxiety, survivor guilt, interpersonal relationships, hyper-vigilance, withdrawal, and self-awareness. This is done in an atmosphere of overwhelming support by service brothers and sisters who deal with similar issues. The next step helps our participants visualize their goals/objectives and gives them the tools to achieve their dreams. The final step helps our veterans build a resume and then, with coaching and by conducting mock job interviews, gives them insight, confidence and a new, positive outlook.
These service men and women know what goals they need to set for themselves. FOCUS gives them a jumping off point. The pride and sense of accomplishment these warriors feel when they take steps to improve their lives is FMF’s definition of success. FOCUS provides graduates with continued support and encouragement as they strive to meet their full potential.
The success of the FOCUS program and the individual accomplishments of our graduates cannot be defined as a number. Instead, success is measured in repaired relationships, new-found sense of self, and the knowledge that they are not alone in their journey. FOCUS provides the opportunity for our nation’s heroes to find the lives they deserve.
The success of the FOCUS program is due in part by our program structure. The 36 participants are surrounded and supported by their team leaders, mentors, NMCRS visiting nurses, WWR DISCs, and of course their brethren in arms. With few exceptions, almost all personnel in any given FOCUS session are former service members who have overcome the challenges of transitioning to civilian life after their respective military careers – many of whom successfully transitioned after combat tours in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and other conflicts.
The FOCUS program is free to qualified participants and provided at absolutely no cost. FMF and our supporters cover all program costs, including transportation, lodging, meals, and even airline baggage handling fees. Wounded warriors can concentrate on their recovery and not how program attendance may affect them financially.