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March 29, 2010

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March 29, 2010

VETS JOURNEY HOME: As a Marine I went to Viet Nam in 1966-1967. I was attached to a unit that really got into the thick of America's experience with 'Nam. Things happened that I was sure I would never be able to "shake" on a mental and physical level. Being very much in-volved, my family just knew eventualy the 'Nam experiences would dull enough for us to live a normal life-but that wasn't the case for us. God allows each of us a time to heal from what-ever life has presented-for me, Vets Journey Home last Oct.'09, was my opportunity to under-stand myself. I came to know that what had happened to me was a severe case of guilt-survivor's guilt. But I was able to take it all, put it aside and know what I had carried for over 40 yrs. was a completed task-and God would say, "Well done-my faithful son." The load had been lifted and no longer would any one hold us accountable for what happened in VietNam. I can't tell you what a release that was-Vets Journey Home has changed my life. JAN.2010 - My beautiful wife and I attended as a couple the Vets Journey Home Couples Weekend & what a blessing this weekend afforded this marriage. The last 43 yrs.of PTSD and all the things I contributed to our marriage were finally gone-a fresh start & now a new rela-tionship with my "bride" makes life so new, so blessed. Our 40 yr-old son, 38 yr-old daughter & 30 yr-old second daughter have noticed a dif-ference in Mom & Dad's marriage. THANKS TO ALL who are involved in the network of Vets Journey Home. The "process" of going thru the different exercises is rough-but "nothing ventured, nothing gained". With regards to the instructors: words CANNOT describe our gratitude! The rewards are breath taking!!! I really thought my life was over-BUT NOW my life has just begun!! What an adven-ture is ahead - WOW!!!! SANDY & DEAN FULKERSON HOUSTON, TEXAS

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life/my physical & mental health - in my marriage - in my family.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

include more couples weekends.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the bonding & friendships that develop as a result of these weekend encounters.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, sensitive, honoring, knowledgeable individuals that have a passion for bringing hope & healing to those they serve.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide Hope & Healing to tens of thousands of veterans & their families.

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It could not have been any better.......

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances. Many more young & old service-men could be reached and helped if the finances were readily available. Every penny is used wisely & only GOOD results come from these Vets Journey Home week-ends.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank God, I said "Yes" to attending the 2 weekends this last year. My life is forever changed and I am indebted to the providers, the staff & the instructors assisting those weekends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart & that of my wife's.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 23, 2010
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March 23, 2010
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Vets Journey Home saved my life after a deployment to Iraq. I would rececommend to any veteran of any war wanting to get a piece of themselves back. I go back continually to let others know what it has done for me and continues to do for others by leaving nobody behind. Not all wounds are visible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several times of my life

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

unconditional love

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the military and the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 22, 2010
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March 22, 2010
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I was able to attend the Veterans Returning program with my husband. This was the first time wives were able to attend with their spouses. I was able to meet others with problems that sometimese seemed like I was alone trying to face. This program was fantastic! It helped my husband and myself face problems and really TALK and UNDERSTAND about the stresses and difficulties that were tearing our family apart. We were helped to open up and share what was hurting us. In that same process we were able to hear from others having similar problems and realize we are NOT alone. There is help for us. I hope this program will be avaliable for everyone to participate in. I can't say enough about what a help it is.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to realize there is help for us. We are not alone.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the care and concern and expert help from the staff and trainers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful and caring. They were understanding and able to provide a safe environment for sharing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many more veterans and their families cope with problems many do not understand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 17, 2010
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March 17, 2010
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I am honored and humbled by being able to witness the veterans journey home. It brings tears to my eyes to think that these men and women put their lives and life on the line for me, my freedom and all of America. VJH is truly a safe place for every vet to come home. My husband, a VN vet, participated and afterwards his PTSD changed and life was much more pleasant.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more vets and bring them safely home

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 17, 2010

I talked my dad into participating after talking with Anthony Luna about his family’s experience. Dad went reluctantly as it seems every vet does. I had no expectations when I went to the graduation on Sunday, but I saw a different man. He had a skip in his step and a twinkle in his eye that I had never seen before. He has not stopped thanking me for talking him into participating. Since then I have volunteered to staff weekends. I can’t put into words the changes I have experienced and the difference it has made in our relationship. Vets Journey Home has done so much for our family. I wish this program would have been available when dad returned from Viet Nam. I pray that every vet has the opportunity to experience this program. The wounds of combat affect the entire family no matter how hard you try to protect them. Healing the wound is the only way to stop the hurting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the changes in my relationship with Pop.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more volunteer staff assisting with the preparation leading up to the weekends.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the change in the expressions on the participants faces. The difference 3 days can make is amazing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most loving, compassionate, and giving people I have ever met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get to every returning vet so that no soldier misses this opportunity.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine it being better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding to make it more available and staffing to recruit more vets.

One thing I'd also say is that...

THANK YOU! to all how have been involved in this journey.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010
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March 16, 2010
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I went to this weekend to serve our Veterans. What I got from the weekend was some deep emotional healing for myself around my experiences during the Vietnam War. As a civilian of "draft-able age", I saw many of my friends taken into war, and returned with deep emotional and physical wounds. This weekend gave me some closure around my experiences.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open-hearted and loving people who give of themselves and their time to be in service to others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 16, 2010
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March 16, 2010
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I enjoyed my time at Vet’s Journey Home both as a participant and staff. I’ve learned so much. The staff is great. They couldn’t get any better! If the word could get out to all vets, the hall would be full. It is GREAT. Last but not least. Thank you for taking some of the load off of my shoulders. I can’t thank you enough. It’s been 40 years. THANK YOU!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my relationships within my family.

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Ways to make it better...

I had participated sooner.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010
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March 16, 2010
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Working on Vets Journey Home through funding from Starfish Foundation has been an amazing experience --- helping and being with those who gave so much to my freedom is a joy! Thanks to Starfish Foundation for making it possible!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Northwoods Vets Journey Home

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to serve those who gave us and ensure us with our freedom!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more Vets Journey Home experiences throughout the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010
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March 16, 2010
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Every time I come home from a vets journey home I,m very excited to have been a volunteer for the weekend. During the weekend every hr of every day I can see the improvement in the particapents and when they tell their story and start their journey home I cant help but cry because I know that I helped bring another vet home and they so deserve it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has changed my life for the better from the time I finished my journey home!

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Ways to make it better...

I had not been afraid and done this earlyer in my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 16, 2010
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March 16, 2010
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I have participated in the Vet's Journey Home weekends as an civilian assistant. The healing that happens during this weekend is stunning. It serves to bring the veterans' experiences into the community in a way that provides clearing and opening and understanding for all of us. I feel privileged every time I am able to offer my services to support this amazing work.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to more veterans who deserve every ounce of support they can get after their service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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