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justjane

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Review for FALLEN WARRIORS FOUNDATION, Lake Oswego, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As the wife of a Viet Nam vet, I began to accompany my husband on the annual Fallen Warrior Foundation retreats in 1999 after he had hit the wall struggling to manage his PTSD. He had reached the point of feeling that there were few, if any, options left. After our first experience it became immediately apparent that what we learned was going to be highly beneficial to him, to our family, our marriage, and to me. I have attended 8 of the past 11 retreats. Three with my husband and five after his death several years ago. I return year after year because I, as a "veteran wife," feel the need to support and be supported by a wonderful group of caring and compassionate people. In an era when everything seems to be on double fast forward, it is remarkable how beneficial it is to receive instruction on how to slow down, shut up, sit quietly, breathe...how to create a different relationship with our thoughts and that which sends us spinning. My being a part of this particular veteran community is a privledge. I am honored by the legacy that my husband left to me.

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

the people and the setting.

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

Angels and Bodhisatvas

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

in the long run, feasibly bring an end to war. Short term: provide a soft place to fall for every veteran with combat experience.

Ways to make it better...

it had rained only once every hour.

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

burn-out for Colleen and Jack.

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

Although the annual retreat is facilitated by a Viet Nam vet who became a Buddhist monk, this event is IN NO WAY DRIVEN BY RELIGION.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & I received instruction on meditation and mindful living.