About Bare The Burden
For centuries, Americans have sacrificed safety and comfort to protect our nation and defend our freedom. When the fighting is over, veterans come home to find a world that is surreal, cold, and unfamiliar. Our experiences have left us suspicious and weary, even when met with kindness and affection. The burdens of our actions and fallen friends haunt our transition from combatants to civilians. Detached and misunderstood, we carry out our lives behind a veil of isolation, accompanied by painful memories.
We are proud of our service, but war changes everyone and everything. As veterans, we want to share the toughest issues, but fear being misunderstood by loved ones and friends. We want to grieve lost comrades, but do not want to appear weak or mentally scarred. Most of us are hesitant to completely expose everything. We are afraid that no one can relate and we choose to hide behind our masks and bury our struggles.
Bare the Burden Project offers veterans an anonymous community to connect to other veterans with similar experiences. We are dedicated to providing an atmosphere where people like us can find relief from their burdens through honest communication. Community is an essential component for anyone dealing with a tough issue. Healing through community has been understood implicitly by veterans for millennia, yet physical distance and mental and emotional reservation impose significant barriers to open dialogue. And sometimes we need a listening ear to understand our pain without the embarrassment of divulging secrets to a friend. Join us as we express our pain, honor our fallen, and move past our burdens. Help veterans help each other.
Bare the Burden's community helps you connect with other users like you to share support, information, and stories in an anonymous setting. You are also given access to a step-by-step guide that will present ideas and topics from different perspectives, learn about opportunities, and find others that think the way you do. By interacting with each other and communicating what you are doing about your life, we can all improve our ability to manage the difficult situations we live with. Join our discussion today and help someone else through your participation.
How To Help
Thank you for your desire to help. Every donation makes a difference in our efforts to help veterans with hidden wounds. We are also in need of people to help spread the word about Bare the Burden. After your donation, please tell others why you support our efforts.
We will use donations for three primary requirements: Continued website development, necessary software licenses, and freelance labor/services. We do not employ any full time staff to keep costs to a minimum and spend every dollar judiciously. If you would like to contribute to Bare the Burden, either use the “donate” button below or mail a check made out to Bare the Burden Project to the address below. Thank you for your support!
Mail checks to:
Bare the Burden Project
1342 Massachusetts Ave, SE, Unit A
Washington, DC 20003