We have lots of military service members who have experienced combat and the adrenaline rush that comes with that experience. Upon returning home, a large percentage of them end up struggling with PTSD and deal with triggers that they encounter on a day to day basis and in some cases will seek out that same feeling of adrenaline rush. The issue with pursuing this feeling for them is that adrenaline rush is associated with a negative experience. What we want to do is help them reprogram their reactions to this adrenaline rush. We want to show them that through racing and other activities that produce adrenaline rush that we can put them in a situation where they can experience the adrenaline rush in a safe, controlled and fun environment. This allows them to associate the adrenaline rush with something positive instead of something negative. Once we have helped them start that reprogram process, they will be able to face those day to day triggers and instead of focusing on the previous negative experience which perpetuates the symptoms of PTSD, they can focus on the positive experience they have had with us.
Neurologists have found that veterans with PTSD have a lower cortisol response to stress due to a lower baseline cortisol level. This means that these veterans have lower levels of the hormone that is critical for recovery after a stressful event. They have also mentioned that physical exertion can raise the production of cortisol levels. If we can help veterans experience that adrenaline rush through a one of kind experience where they can not only help them produce cortisol but also mentally associate with a positive experience instead of the one linked to trauma then we we can truly help them overcome their day to day battle with PTSD by giving them another way respond to that exciting event.
The part that separates Adrenaline Therapy from other organizations is that we have made it our mission to listen to our veterans and give them the experience they want instead of giving them an option. Our goal is to provide them with an experience that is specifically tailored to their desired genre of racing. To sum it up we want to be the "Make A Wish" foundation of the automotive and veteran charity community.
From active duty to the workforce, we want to create a system that allows for an easy transition for our service members. We have set up our 7 Steps to Success outline to show the pathway we are creating to get our nations heroes back into the civilian world.
STEP 1: ENGAGE – We are working with local bases to become part of their TAPS (Transition Assistance Program) The TAPS program is the exit classes that military service members get which prepare them for their transition out of the military by offering information on health services, financial planning, educational programs and employment opportunities. We want to make sure that military service members are aware of our program as soon as possible and by being mentioned in the TAPS program we will be an immediate resource for them.
STEP 2: REGISTER – Once they have decided to use our program, we make sure that the veteran is getting the exact training they need to follow the career path that they have chosen.
They can choose between our automotive and our aviation programs. If the veteran chooses to follow the aviation program, then at this point we would enroll them with our partners at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. If they choose automotive then they we would help them enroll at a local technical college that offers an automotive program.
STEP 3: APPRENTICE – After the veteran has started classes, they will be able to come over to our full-service shop and get more hands-on experiences while they work alongside current industry professionals. This step will differ between our automotive and aviation programs .
STEP 4: GRADUATING – Graduating can happen at much different times through our two programs depending on the experience of the service member upon exiting the military. Some automotive courses could take up to 3 years with no experience and the aviation course could take as little as 5 weeks with experience. With that said graduating can also be stressful because now you must find a job. But now that they have completed the required classes and have received their certifications necessary to start out into their career, it’s time to start the second to last step of our program.
STEP 5: HIRING – When our veteran graduates from their automotive or aviation schooling, we want to take their career and give them a leg up over the competition. We know how hard it is in the automotive and aviation industry. Most shops will not hire someone with no experience no matter how many certifications they have. That’s why we hire our veterans! That’s right we hire them. This allows for that veteran to add to their resume real work experience in a real shop refining all the skill they have just worked hard to acquire. Once hired they will be able to stay hired at least as long as it takes the next veteran to graduate through our program. However, there may be some instances where we will be able to keep them for longer if possible.
STEP 6: TRANSITION – Now that our veteran not only has the skills to be successful, they have the experience to go along with it. They are ready to move out from our program and start their job search.
The veteran will be notified within a minimum of 6 months of the next veteran graduating their classes that they will need to start preparing to find a new place of employment or even perhaps return home and start their very own shop. We will assist them in placement for their next job as well.
STEP 7: FOLLOW UP – We will check in with this veteran once they have reached their new job once a quarter to ensure they are still on the right path. We want to ensure that the people leaving our program are healthy, happy and full of confidence in their new career.