According to the Center for Military Health Policy Research, one in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder or cognitive impairment. Further, one in six veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom suffer from a substance abuse issue. Research continues to draw a link between substance abuse and combat–related mental illness relative to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Left untreated, mental health disorders common among veterans can directly lead to involvement in the criminal justice system.
Veterans are also most likely to experience socioeconomic conditions including poverty, homelessness, lack of access to reliable transportation, poor education and/or un-/underemployment, each of which, unless addressed may further impair their capacity to transitioning from combat to civilian society.
BCSJI has partnered with the Military Racquetball Federation, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, the National Bar Association, and the National Medical Association to address the social readjustment needs of Wounded Warriors suffering from physical and mental challenges, who encounter the legal system and other challenges in an effort to ensure they meet their obligations to themselves, the court, and their community.
Military Racquetball Federation is dedicated to promoting racquetball programs and events for our service members here and abroad including support of events for our troops in warzones. Additionally the MRF is committed to assisting Wounded Warriors with their rehabilitation using a new MRF program called Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRC). This program’s focus is the use of racquetball as rehabilitation for both the physical and mental challenges suffered from combat.
MRF is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible corporation run and staffed exclusively by volunteers.