Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are the answers to frequently asked questions that we have received. We will continue to grow this section but if you do not see the answer to your specific question(s), please contact us and we will answer your question as quickly as we can.
- Is your program only for military veterans?
No, anyone who has experienced traumatic events and has symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can take part in our 4-Week Challenge.
- What is the difference between Operation RSF and other organizations like Team RWB?
Our focus is to get you going and to build the initial foundation of physical fitness. We know that when you have PTSD, depression, or anxiety, the last thing you might want to be doing is exercising. However, we have built a network of partnering gyms and coaches who are committed to holding you accountable, encouraging & motivating, and helping you become part of the community. Once you are able to get going and remain consistent enough to see the positive benefits of physical activity and exercise it is our hope you would continue on a lifelong journey of remaining physically and mentally fit.
- Does physical activity and exercise work for everyone?
As much as I would like to say it does, it doesn't. Everyone is different and our bodies respond differently to each stimulus. Studies have shown that up to 89% of participants utilizing an aerobic activity intervention have seen decreases in their symptoms of PTSD.
Statistic comes from: (Fetzner, M. G., & Asmundson, G. J. (2014). Aerobic Exercise Reduces Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44(4), 301-313. doi:10.1080/16506073.2014.916745 )
- I haven't worked out in a while, can I still participate?
Yes! What is great about partnering with gyms and coaches, is that they can help scale workouts to the skill level you are at. We also include additional resources (websites) that offer a variety of free workouts at all different skill levels. Studies actually show that initiating an aerobic activity program from a sedentary state has a greater benefit on mental health than individuals with a higher baseline of aerobic capacity.
- Do I have to go to a gym, I don't think I am there yet?
No, you don't have to go to a gym. We recommend going to a gym so you can get additional support and have an opportunity to join the community within the gym. This is particularly important for individuals coming out of the military, or competitive sports, who might feel as though they have lost connection to their 'tribe' or professional family.
- Does this replace a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) program?
If you are already taking part in a CBT program, keep going! Physical activity can be used as a supplement to CBT, or other therapies.
- Are you a real non-profit?
Yes, we are a 501(c)(3) organization. Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 503(c)(3) we are considered a public charity under IRC section 170(b)(1)(a)(vi). Our EIN is 83-3374206 and any donations are considered tax-deductible under IRC section 170.
- How much of each donation goes to paychecks?
Nothing. Our entire staff is volunteer only.
- What does my donation go towards?
Besides helping to maintain the website and offering supplies to partnering gyms/coaches to spread the word about the benefits of exercise, we also have plans in the works and are saving to make those things possible.
- Would you be interested in taking part in our podcast?
Yes, we love an opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of physical activity and exercise! Please contact us by reaching out to one of our social media pages or sending an e-mail.
- Do I have to give out free memberships to those taking part in the 4-Week Challenge?
No, in fact, we recommend that you do not offer free memberships as investing in membership can increase the perceived importance of following through.
- How much does it cost to partner?
FREE! We ask that you fill out a partnership form and commit to offering accountability, encouragement & motivation, and community to those taking part in the 4-Week Challenge or seeking to use exercise to gain control of their symptoms.
- Are there any benefits to being a partner?
Besides helping people? Yes, we list your gym on our interactive maps, re-post social media posts and help spread the word on your upcoming events, and you receive a monthly newsletter (on the 15th every month) covering the latest research in the benefits of exercise control the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and TBI. We also have future plans for partners in order to help give you the tools you need to accomplish your mission.