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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

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

March 17, 2010

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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

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March 16, 2010

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

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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March 16, 2010

I am a 20 year retired vet. My experience with Vets Journey Home started with it's predacessor, Bamboo Bridge. I'm the guy always with his back to the wall, always vigilant, looking for the unexpected threat and a way out, or at least I used to be. Since attending that first weekend, and staffing many weekends since, my life is so much different. So much better. I can't say thank you enough.

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

Bambo Bridge and every Vets Journey Home weekend I've staffed since it's inception

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

giving back to it

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

help SO MANY vets find a healing that the medical community just can't fathom, and truly be welcomed home

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 14, 2010

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March 14, 2010

I am female Army veteran and have staffed both Vets Journey Home and its predecessor, Bamboo Bridge. Every time I staff I come away with a profound respect and awe for what other veterans have endured in both their military and civilian lives. I have watched vets heal some of these wounds right during the weekend -- becoming lighter, happier, more at peace. As I continue to meet veterans and active military enduring the trauma of war, and of sexual harassment and assault, I am so thankful that I have this program that I can recommend to them to help in their healing.

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

witnessing the healing of warriors wounded from their military experience, in every weekend that I have staffed.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to get the word out even more to veterans, veterans organizations, and to make people understand how important it is that we make it okay for people to seek out emotional healing experiences.

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

the ability to assist fellow veterans truly become "all they can be" by reclaiming their joy and releasing their pain in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

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

all caring individuals who made the time and effort to "be present" the entire weekend and who made the commitment to continue that support even outside of the weekend.

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

hire some graduates and staff of the program to get the word out to all the veterans groups of this work, how and why it is so important and how to make it "okay" to seek out emotional healing.

Ways to make it better...

I could have staffed more weekends.

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

Trying to train new instructors while keeping the cost low enough so that those veterans who want to attend can do so

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

This program is not offered anywhere else. Over the many years tha tit has been going on, it has helped so many vets reclaim their lives. It truly provides a "Welcome Home"

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 14, 2010

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March 14, 2010

My role was two-fold: I was on the staff as well as being there to observe and write about the Vets Journey Home. I have been to other retreats/weekends for veterans and families and this was unique in many ways. Because the group was so small -- 8 partipants and about a dozen staff members -- there was an intimacy that helped establish an atmostphere of safety and trust that is crucial if there is to be kind of opening up and healing over a short space of time. All the veterans were dealing with issues relating to trauma and therefore, so were their spouses. Patricia Clason is obviously highly skilled in her work, and it became apparent almost immediately, that the particpants were in good hands. She set the tone of safety and trust, of strong boundaries and structure from the beginning and was consistent throughout the weekend. For this community, who all struggle with trust and safety issues, this was crucial. Facilitator Judge Mattocks' skill, wisdom and compassion was evident throughout, as he helped the particpants through some difficult and painful process work. All the staff members showed a level of caring and compassion that was palpable, and the particpants seemed to feel it throughout the weekend. Because the process work is so intense and can be so depleting, it was very important that there be times of refueling and restoring. Mealtime was one of those times. The food was not only delicious but was prepared with love by staff volunteers. For the veterans who have experienced the ripple effects of trauma and a sense of being betrayed and not being cared about, this was important and meaningful. Mealtime provided an opportunity for laughter and letting down, for staff and participants to get to know and enjoy each other. The weather made it difficult to have time outdoors to walk, rest and restore. More time in the fresh air would have been good.

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

Knowing that I can recommend this organization and program to other veterans and their families. Also, the use of ceremony during the weekend was a powerful and healing tool, experienced not only by the participants but the staff, including me.

Ways to make it better...

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

In terms of the structure of the weekend, I would have Friday night be a shorter, earlier night, after people have had a busy week, have traveled and are tired.

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

The people: their dedication and level of commitment and their kindness.

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

Willing to be honest. And they were so courageous. Their honesty and courage have inspired me.

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

Pay for veterans and their families to travel from all over the country and participate. It could pay for weekend retreats where the accomodations are comfortable, restful and nurturing.

Ways to make it better...

I had known a little more about the process work in advance. Most of the staff volunteers were experienced but it would have helped to know a little more about what to expect.

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

Probably funding.

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

It needs to stay "small" in terms of small groups of participants. It needs to stay personal, intimate, "hands-on".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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