PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Veteran suicide has become a growing issue in recent years, as many have trouble dealing with PTSD and traumatic injuries when returning from duty.
Veterans say the transition from the military to regular life can be very lonely. It's tough to get out and stay active, especially when it sometimes even hurts to move because of a previous injury.
There are, however, several programs have been developed in recent years to aid veterans.
"I have four autoimmune disorders that was caused by chemical exposure when I was active duty," said retired disabled veteran Khara Adams. "I've lost friends in combat and lots of unpleasant things."
When asked about the things she's seen, Adams got emotional and didn't feel comfortable sharing. Adams did, however, say she can share those stories with her fellow female warriors.
"We share stories that the average person wouldn't understand," said Adams.
With the Wounded Warriors Project, instructors taught Adams and other veterans different adaptive exercises that won't exacerbate old injuries.
"We have warriors who are very worried about re-injury. So we're teaching them out to adapt exercises and how to work out again," said physical health and wellness specialist Lyndie De Young.
Adams says the Wounded Warriors Project is slowly helping her get back on track, physically and mentally.
"Makes all the difference in the world because we can relate to each other," said Adams.
Giving each other to confidence to keep moving forward.
"Helping them get out and realize, yes, I can do things. Yes, I am fine," said De Young.
In addition to the exercise portion, female veterans are given a chance to rehabilitate themselves by spending time together and feeling that comradery to encourage each other through the healing process.
Another part of the program includes setting nutritional goals.