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Review for Starfish Foundation Inc, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Role:  Client Served & We were participants in the program provided for veterans & veterans & their spouses.