below are a few Veteran resources I have personally used on my healing journey AND MY STORY

Veteran Sisters

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https://www.veteransisters.org/


501(c)3 non-profit

Support for Female Veterans and their families. We are a Peer to Peer support and advocacy organization created by Female Veterans for Female Veterans. We have come together to support each other and families while  going through  the VA claims process and to support each other  while living life after military service. We are your  "Battle Buddy". You are not alone! We are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and "Military Sexual Trauma" (MST) survivors.






Lone Survivor Foundation

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https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/

   

Lone Survivor Foundation provides therapeutic retreats for service members, veterans and their families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and Chronic Pain and Military Sexual Trauma.


I've been to the MST retreat and the family retreat. This is where I learned about yoga nidra which is one of the classes I am going to teach. It was an awesome experience both times, I gained a better understanding of myself. I highly recommend Lone Survivor Foundation.


Veterans On The Camino

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https://veteransonthecamino.com/


Our mission is to assist Veterans who are suffering by offering guidance and assistance in making an extraordinary journey towards healing on the ancient CAMINO DE SANTIAGO.


I recently finished my 500 mile walk from France to Santiago Spain 5/9/19. I wanted to do this to work through fear. This was a very challenging experience and initially I struggled and I wanted to quit, but I didn't and I'm glad. I learned so much about myself and how capable I am. The experience is really hard to explain,  it's something each individual needs to experience on their own.

Homecoming 4 Veterans

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http://www.homecoming4veterans.org


The EEG Institute, a world leader in neurofeedback research and training, and Homecoming for Veterans is offering this cutting-edge treatment, at no cost, for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through a network of clinicians across the country. »


I participated in neurofeedback for a year. When I started my startle response was through the roof, after a few months it went down to almost nothing. This was very freeing and I'm so glad I did it.



American Patriot Band

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https://americanpatriotmusic.org/


American Patriot Music Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization comprised of the award winning signature band AMERICAN PATRIOT BAND (formerly Phoenix Patriot Band).  American Patriot provides music program support to veterans and first responders.

The band works with veterans and first responders on and off stage, supporting a variety of music projects designed to create a positive influence in the lives of our nation’s heroes who need help.

American Patriot Band delivers a patriotic themed show aimed at promoting veteran and first responder causes in the service of helping our nation's heroes.

Mission:

- Music Education

- Music Grants

- Album Project Support

- Guitar Building Workshops

- Performance Opportunities

- Music Industry Support


I recently built a guitar with a few of my fellow veterans. This was an awesome experience, my family was able to participate which was a plus. They also provide music classes so I'll be learning how to play.

My Story

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I joined the Marine Corps when I was 19, I grew up in a military family and I wanted to serve my Country. I picked the Marine Corps because I thought it would be more challenging. I liked being in the military and my plan was to make it a career. That changed when on my 20th birthday I was assaulted.  I decided to get help when I was 45 after years of suffering. After 5 years of therapy and the resources I have shared I was able to tell my story. Once I was able to do this I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Do I still struggle? Yes, but I have tools to fall back on such as meditation. Is it easy for me to get out and try new things? No, it isn't but I made a commitment to myself to just do it. I feel it's important to show others and my fellow Veterans that you can go out of your comfort zone and  you will start healing.