Since October 2001, more than 1.6 million U.S. troops have deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Roughly 300,000 of those veterans have returned home with combat-related psychological injuries such as post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and major depression. More than 320,000 may have suffered a traumatic brain injury during their deployment.
Outside the Wire is designed to address the unmet needs of returning veterans who require treatment as a direct result of service-related psychological injuries. The program provides intensive and extended counseling, as well as information and referral services to these veterans who are at increased risk for severe mental illness, suicide, physical health problems, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, interpersonal violence and relationship problems with spouses and children.
Outside the Wire is headquartered at U.S.VETS – Patriotic Hall and offers services at community colleges throughout Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange Counties), an area that has been disproportionately impacted by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The state has the highest number of active duty Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve personnel, and the largest veteran population in the country.