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Healing PTSD One Soul At A Time
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Please help me raise money so we can all experience the peace and freedom so many have laid their lives on the line for. Please don't stand by and let the returning "hero" or their families become just another kind of casualty.

Please help me raise money so we can all experience the peace and freedom so many have laid their lives on the line for. Please don't stand by and let the returning "hero" or their families become just another kind of casualty.

As a veteran myself, having served in Iraq, I have seen comrads effected forever by the experiences they had. Off the cuff, I know of a senior enlisted man that was with my unit who has committed suicide since returning. Others remain trapped in their minds, reliving their experiences, easing the pain with heavy drinking or substance abuse. I know men and women who's marriages have been distroyed and families put under huge strain due to "the changes" that the service person gone through.

A CNN article from November 2013 reports that every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That's a suicide every 65 minutes. As shocking as the number is, it may be just the tip of the ice berg.

The figure, released by the Department of Veterans Affairs in February, is based on the agency's own data and numbers reported by 21 states from 1999 through 2011. Those states represent about 40% of the U.S. population. The other states, including the two largest (California and Texas) and the fifth-largest (Illinois), did not make data available.

As of 2009 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, afflicted:

  • Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans
  • As many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans
  • 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan
  • 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans

According to the most recent VA findings up to 95% of veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan have PTSD, with a range of disabling symptoms.

***PTSD not only affects veterans, but their families and communities as well.

SOLDIER'S HEART, founded in 2006 by Dr. Ed Tick and his partner, Kate Dahlstedt, has created a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and our communities. 

The goal is to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD by developing a new and honorable warrior identity. In addition, they are committed to promote, train and guide community-based efforts to heal the effects of war.

This fund raiser is intended to help with one of the programs sponsored by Soldier's Heart: Veterans' Retreats.

These retreats are not paid vacations but are intensive experiential workshops for veterans, their families, professional healers, clergy and community members. Together they explore destiny, purification, storytelling, forgiveness, reconciliation and initiation as a warrior.

It costs about $800.00 to sponsor someone to attend one of these retreats including room & board. Anything extra we raise will go for travel and other expences for the sponsored individuals.

Our goal initially is to pay for at least twenty people effected by PTSD so they can attend without financial hardship... so they can get the help they need and deserve.

We really need your help.

 Visit the Soldier's Heart website for more information.

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