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FALLEN WARRIORS FOUNDATION
March 31, 2010

I would personally like to thank the Fallen Warriors Foundation for the incredibly emotional and healing effects I experienced at their annual retreat. I did two tours in Viet Nam, the last as a crewman on a Marine CH-46 helicopter in I Corps. I had carried the guilt and shame for 40 years and in a 4 day week-end an emotional log jam was broken and I had a new perspective. I regained some of my self respect and could understand better why I felt the way I did about myself. Claude AnShin Thomas, Jack Esteys, Colleen O'Callaghan and the 25 or so Vets and supporters changed my life and I can't thank them enough. The first thing I noticed when I entered the hall of meditation was a table filled with kleenex and note pads and I used a lot of both in my stay. For the first time in my life I broke down and bawled like a baby and then was encouraged to explore why I felt the way I did. It gave me new courage but not enough to return and finish what I need to do. I have never been through such an emotionally stressed experience in my life and it has scared me. I need to know that I can go back and face it again because it is the only healing I've known. I can't say enough about the Fallen Warriors Foundation and the work they do.

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

that it is as real as it gets. I felt comfortable once there with all of the others around me. It was a great relief to share experiences and relate to others, for the first time, knowing that they had been there and could understand how I felt.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I attended a meditation retreat featuring Claude AnShin Thomas.