- 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.
The 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. If you would like to verify our non-profit status you can search for Operation RSF by our EIN on the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search. You can also visit our About Us page to see documents relating to taxes and our 501(c)(3) status.
- How much of each donation goes to paychecks?
0%. Our entire staff is 100% volunteer.
- 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 on mental health, we also use funds to support our programs which range from challenges to scholarships.
- Would you be interested in taking part in our podcast?
Yes, we love the 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.
- What are the different ways I can donate to Operation RSF?
Thank you for your desire to support Operation RSF! We have a number of ways to donate in support of our mission and all donations ARE tax-deductible!
o You can click the link at the bottom of every page which will take you to Paypal to make a secure donation.
o You can make Operation RSF your preferred non-profit organization when ordering on Amazon Smile.
o You can mail a check written out to "Operation RSF inc." and mail it to:
Operation RSF, inc.
773 Juno Drive
Broadway, NC 27505
- I would like my donation to go specifically toward ________ program, can I request that?
You absolutely can. We usually get this request relating to our scholarship fund. Simply send us a message on the contact page and be sure to include your name and e-mail associated with your donation and let us know where you would like us to focus your funds.
- Do I have to give out free memberships to those taking part in the 4-Week Challenge or 10-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 which can potentially increase the individual's intrinsic motivation to persevere.
- 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 Programs or seeking to use exercise to gain control of their symptoms. After your application form is accepted you will receive a phone call interview which will allow us to get to know you better and give you an opportunity to ask any clarifying questions about the mission of Operation RSF. Once the interview is over and you get the thumbs up, your business is added to our interactive map and you will begin receiving the monthly newsletters.
- 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 covering the latest research on 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.
- Do you provide training for partnering businesses?
Every month we send out a newsletter with the latest research relating to physical activity and mental health. We are also working on developing a video series for our partners that will give tips and recommendations on everything related to the mission of Operation RSF to include: how to show support, combating the stigma, signs, and symptoms to watch for, building accountability, and active listening.
-I coach yoga/perform massage therapy/am a sport psychologist/counselor/etc. can I become a partner?
In 2020 we changed our partnering format to a 3 tier system which includes Certified Partners and Partners for gyms and coaches and Ambassadors for yoga coaches, massage therapists, sport psychologists, and other professions who still work directly with our population but do not use physical activity as their primary means of interaction. We felt this was a better approach in order to maintain the focus on our mission while still connecting with individuals who are passionate about our mission and passionate about the community we are trying to help. If you are interested in learning more about being an ambassador for Operation RSF please visit our partnership page.
-I don't want to become a partner, or ambassador, but I would like to help your mission. How can I do that?
We have partnered with gyms to host one-day fundraiser events which include a great outreach opportunity to the community. It is up to you how much you want to donate as part of your drop-in fee or other gyms have seen success in doing WODs for charity type events where the drop-in fee for that day is a donation towards Operation RSF. If you are local to Operation RSF (Southeastern, NC) or within a reasonable distance we would love to come out and take part. Please use our contact page to let us know what you are planning when you are planning it, and we will help to promote your event and develop any promotional items you would like to have available relating to the mission.
If you are planning to do more of a fundraiser with a raffle at your business, please contact us so we can see how we can help. Thank you for your willingness to support the mission!