2 weeks ago today I met a horse for the first time. Not that I haven't seen, been in close proximity to, or even hung out with numerous horses before; but this was the first time I let myself actually pay attention to them. I didn't actually need to talk to them to learn what they had to teach me. They have a way letting you know what's up and where you need to be really quick. If you had told me 15 days ago that the next day I would find myself believing that things could get better, I would have laughed at you. Best case scenario is that I'd smile, nod, and in my head ignored the rest of the conversation. What really happened, I believe, is that parts of me began to believe that healing was possible. Eva has created a one of a kind program that gives you no choice but to heal in one way or another. Between the brotherhood, the support staff being combat veterans/Warrior Camp alumni, the providers being the best of the best, and those giant living breathing reflections of ourselves, something really magical takes place. I have been far too close to the edge to not completely understand how so many veterans end up taking their own lives. Please, find a way to believe these reviews and attend a Warrior Camp. If one isn't available soon then promise your loved ones that you'll stick around until the next one. I'm not going to promise you unicorn farts and pixy dust, but I will guarantee that you will come out of it with a belief that things can be different. You'll also know exactly what small steps every day you can take to make your life the best it can be. I can also guarantee that it won't be easy, but it will be worth every tear.Warriors fight. That's what we're good at. Let Warrior Camp give you the tools to be victorious.
This amazing group of dedicated and caring people has put together a program that completely encompasses the participant in care which addresses not only PTSD and experienced trauma but also military moral injury which has been described as a wound to the soul. The experience, knowledge and dedication of this group, along with the multiple modalities used, treats the whole person with the goal of making the participant whole again.
When warriors come home, sometimes a part of themselves stays stuck over “there”. This program connects people to people and people to horses through shared military experiences. For many it recreates there sense of being connected and then the horses do the rest. The therapeutic staff uses a holistic approach and state of the art EMDR techniques. Basically, we use all the tools in the tool bag to promote transformation. Dr. Martha Herb, LPC, RADM (ret)
I am a veteran, retired military chaplain and counselor. I specialize in trauma counseling. I have experienced many warrior transition and warrior healing experiences over the years. Never have I come across and event that so powerfully impacts warriors in my life. The healing that takes places through the community, teachings, therapy and interactions with the horses is unparalleled! Eva Usadi has created a program that really needs to be replicated throughout our country. The VA should use this as a model program to save countless lives. I would MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND this program to any warrior that is struggling!
The TRR Team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping veterans overcome military moral injury. I am a clinical social worker, addictions therapist, and first responder who works primarily in the field of trauma recovery. I was very impressed with the Train the Trainer: Herd, Tribe, Team class I recently completed. TRR utilizes an amazing combination of equine-assisted group work, EMDR therapy, somatic awareness, indigenous healing practice, yoga, and other interventions that promote healing and growth at a deep experiential level. I look forward to more educational opportunities with TRR. Sending love and gratitude!
Have attended many programs in my quest to heal from Vietnam trauma. TRR helped me experience more healing than any other program. I had experienced all but three of the modalities they use. I went because I had not experienced EMDR and it turned out to be the biggest piece I was missing. I believe the healing experience was highlighted for me by the explanation and flow of all the pieces of this beautiful weeklong experience.
I work at one of the host sites for TRR and have attended 2 different weekend trainings of theirs as a horse professional in the Therapeutic realm. I can tell you that the professionalism and structure of what TRR executes is beautifully balanced with authentic heart and compassion. There is intention in the different aspects of the program to pay attention to and honor the body, mind and spirit of the individuals. Within these natural fluid safe spaces that are provided and held for the vet TRR provides a chance and a place for true healing. Whether it is subtle moments or big expressions there is care and attention within the team to allow individualized need of internal shift within the structure.
Let me be clear....if the team providing the space or executing the program is not authentic, compassionate, skilled and lead by the heart these fluid spaces for personal individualized healing may not even be recognized or may be stunted.
As a horse woman TRR has opened my heart even further to the healing power of horses and has added fuel to my fire of wanting to advocate for the sentient being of the horse while being able to help people find peace.
TRR’s team of humans and horses are exemplary. This is an organization that truly makes me proud to be a part of the professional world of healing with horses.
An amazing organization doing incredibly important work helping veterans overcome ptsd and trauma. It is a pleasure to work with them creating video content. I have learned so much in the process.
My team and I have been advising TRR with their internet marketing since Sept 2019 and from the start the passion that Eva has for this program is immeasurable. We are confident in the success from this program based on the stories we hear and the volunteers we work with.
Without a doubt TRR and its Warrior Camp save lives.
I started life as a plain vanilla, ass in the grass Grunt in Viet Nam
1971. In between wars I spent almost 4 years as a Washington DC Police
Officer. While not necessarily suicidal, and resisting Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder as a diagnosis simply because I do not feel it addresses
the core issues of "Trigger Pullers and First Responders!" I feel it
is difficult if not impossible to replicate, let alone understand and
or,empathize with the stress plus, life and death decision making
regardless if you're an ER Doctor, a Beat Cop or a Grunt going through a
door in Afghanistan. All military missions are important. There is a
difference between reacting to threats and actively seeking humans to
kill on a daily basis. In many respects the "Trigger Puller" whether
she is a pilot or, he's an 18 year old fresh out of high school without
whiskers, each goes through a decision making process not experienced by
most of the US population. While I feel the idea of "Moral Injury" is
far closer than PTSD, I've chatted up a couple friends who've"Seen the
Elephant" and "Culpability" feels a more apt description. Whether or not
one calls in the airstrike, the artillery mission, drops the bomb,
pulls the lanyard or
the trigger you're wearing the uniform and walking
through that village that has been hit. Their eyes say it all! You
don't care, at the time... The eyes of both the living and the dead
along with the sights, sounds, and smells don't go away with medication.
PTSD can come from falling off a ladder, I suspect it's very a human
response to near death experiences. It's very different than a heavily
armed group of teenagers planning, preparing and carrying out ambushes
to kill every heavily armed teenagers from the opposing side. Win, lose
or draw, those activities tend to alter one's views of life and death.
"Warrior Camp" brings together folks
that banged up other humans and are trying to make peace with that.
We're all different however; there's a "Crossing the Rubicon" feeling
folks experience when they are actively engaged in seeking other humans
to do harm to! Warrior Camp felt far different than the previous
PTSD/Counseling I experienced to date. With many different traumas
under the PTSD diagnosis combined with treating war Veterans (in many
instances) as a single entity. Daily life outside "the wire" is
different from life inside the wire. The Horses know that
instinctively, its a strange moment when you're standing with a big
powerful animal that was as concerned with what I might do to him as I
was concerned with what he might do to me. That was a small epiphany
that opened up the rest of Camp.
I strongly urge any Trigger Puller or First Responder looking down the
rabbit hole to get a hold of TRR, ASAP!! The rest of y'all, please give
what you can. Recent events are having catastrophic results on First
Responders, They're going to need a lot of help!!
Eva and the team over at TRR are truly amazing. They are so invested in helping each and every Vet and first responder that comes to their programs. If you are looking to support a non profit organization, or be a part of a movement that is saving and changing lives, TRR is the right place.
You were not born a monster man.
In the morning I would cuss my shaking hand.
My wife and children walked on an eggshell
My inner world was a living hell.
The best thing I ever did was try to take my life.
My addiction cut my soul like a dull knife. control your temper slow your roll.
life on life’s terms has taken it’s toll.
In a small group I told my story, keeping in the details for they can be gory.
speak the truth about my feelings. Surrender, raise the flag high on the pole.
no longer will at 12 gauge travel through my soul.
came to believe in a power greater than myself, no longer do I reach for the bottom shelf.
made a decision to turn over my will
Easing my heart and allowing my mind to be still.
In all the pain I took my inventory starting a new chapter to this life story.
THANK YOU TRR. Your work is amazing and truly life saving.
I am the wife of a brave Warrior that recently completed TRR. He has learned so much and I am so thankful for this program. Certainly there is plenty of work yet to do, but I feel he's been given more tools through this program than any other program he's been through previously. We are both excited and hopeful for the future!
Volunteered after attending as a participant. Wanted to give back after recieving so much. Combat is a whole body, whole person experience that can only be processed through a whole body, whole person approach. If you need help, this is a great place to find it
Providing volunteer clinical services to the TRR Warriors and witnessing their healing was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. The program owes its transformative impact to living together in community with other Veterans, the immersion experience of one uninterrupted week with a singular focus on healing, the blend of five treatment modalities, and clinical and administrative staff devoted to full, respectful, and caring communication, support, and service to the Warriors. What did I witness during my time in the program? The Courage to step into the unknown and face the unspeakable. The capacity to Trust. Extraordinary healing. The Renewal of Hope. Resiliency and Awe. Transformation. A newfound sense of Purpose. Gratitude. To varying degrees, in everyone. Thank you, Eva, for your vision and dedication, and for the privilege of serving the Warriors. -MBloch, EMDR Therapist
As an EMDR Therapist I have been honored to witness miraculous transformation and healing in my private practice. However, the experience of witnessing the transformation using five therapeutic modalities working together was awesome and unbelievable. I am honored that Eva Usadi invited me to assist. The team consisted of EMDR Therapists, Egala Equine Therapists, Narrative Medicine, Yoga, and Spiritual Healing and Sweatlodge. The Support Staff made sure that no one wanted for anything. The key members are, of course, the Hero’s who participated. I can not recommend TRR Warrior Camp highly enough. If you know of a Veteran, First Responder, active duty military member in need of healing, refer them to TRR’s Warrior Camp. A big thank you to Eva.
TTR Warrior Camp October 2019 participant. I was an Army Combat Photographer in Afghanistan in 2002-03. I was expecting a week of time spent with other Combat Veterans and maybe an introduction to EMDR. What I took out of that week was life changing. The whole body approach- yoga, Equine group & individual therapy, Narrative Medicine writing, Sweat Lodge education - was such a different and amazing experience. I allowed myself to be open to change and it happened. After 19 years, 10 in traditional VA treatment, I am finally able to take photos again after only 1 week at Warrior Camp. Something that I never thought I would do with excitement again. Thank you to Eva and her team.
Much of my work as a clinician has been with Active Duty Military or Veterans. I learned of TRR Warrior Camp several years ago when Eva Usadi made a presentation at an EMDR Conference that I attended. I was very moved by what she presented and committed that I wanted to be a part of this project. I recently volunteered to be a part of one of the Warrior Camps in New York as one of three EMDR therapists. In the past, I have had good success with treating active duty military with EMDR but I was very impressed with the different modalities, each of which are effective, evidenced based treatments on their own and used in the treatment of PTSD, Depression and other diagnoses that are related to or born out of traumatic experiences. The unique combination of the different modalities are simply amazing. This program is life changing. One veteran shared with me that after participating in the Warrior Camp for the week that he felt for the first time in a very long time he finally felt as if he had just “come home.” This program changes lives! I hope to return and be a part of this project again.
These clinicians get it. Combat is a whole body, whole person experience that can only be processed through a whole body, whole person approach. I would give these people a million dollars if I could. Everyone in the clinical psych world who has even a passing interest in trauma should be paying attention to what this program is doing.
This nonprofit takes a truly holistic (spiritual, mental, emotional and physical) approach to healing complex trauma and moral injury. The providers and volunteers bring expertise to their healing and create a space for the warriors to do some transformational shifting and be in good relationship with themselves and others.
Inner peace, unity, balance, solidarity in struggle, breath, strength and resiliency gained through nature and human connected experiences. The best healing program I have attended. Healing rooted in indigenous wisdom has brought me all I was earning for and so much more. Recommend to anyone in a heartbeat.
TRR’s Warrior Camp helped me with developing appropriate resilience to and working through trauma I experienced in combat. The program helped save at least one life that I know of. I believe that this program should be made more readily available to war fighters dealing with trauma.
Thank you, Frank!
I had been told about the therapy types used by TRR and I hadn’t given it a chance. A friend that had been thru one of TRR’s programs got me a connected with them. I attended Warrior Camp. It was very helpful to me personally and inspired me. They should be able to host their program regularly. What they are doing is effective.
I am truly blessed for having taken part in TRR's WarriorCamp! I cannot say enough about Eva, the entire staff, and the complete program. It saved my life....as a combat medic I suffered in silence with PTSD for a long period. Miraculously, I was guided to contact Eva, and the rest is history...I now know a peace and serenity that most veterans seek, and unfortunately, few find. I owe my life, and my promising future to these wonderful people and this program. Sincerely, Dr. Richard Kantwill
I have lived two lives. One, extraordinarily beautiful, the other I would not wish on the Devil. I cracked, then shattered, in Viet Nam in 1969. I felt safer with Death than Life. Self-destruction was my only discipline. Yet, somehow, intuitively, Life insisted on being present. War slowly, slowly, slowly gave way to Survival Arts. It was more than 40 years before I began to speak about my war. Giving voice to war was a primal experience, a birth. I began to write. I tried dance, I still work with theatre. I know the power of song, of comedy. I died two deaths in 1969. One was self the other comaradarie. TRR gives me both. Yoga both. Horses both. Writing both. Sweat lodge both. Communal dining both. Survival Arts start with intuition. Try a retreat. Try meditation. Try trusting again. Try TRR.
I came to know this fine group of individuals when we made a film together. Inspired by there purpose and approach I spent several days witnessing the love, skill, and compassion with which they heal. The men and women of the armed services have done so much for us, I wish we did more for them upon return. It’s touching to know that a group such as this is out there doing what they can. I hope they continue to grow and get the support they need to help as many as possible.
TRR is an exceptional program that provided stronger treatment methods than other similar programs that I've encountered.
TRR's Warrior Camp is an exceptional program. I had the privilege to work with the TRR staff to assist in telling their story and highlighting their work in Equine Therapy for a promotional video. Warrior Camp is run by an amazing group of people that are dedicated to healing veteran trauma. I sincerely hope they can continue to expand the Warrior Camp program to help more veterans and break the vicious cycle of PTSD. Onward TRR!
I attended a fundraiser several years ago and met Eva Usadi, founder of TRR. She showed a film at that event describing the innovative and highly successful therapeutic techniques TRR utilizes to treat deep wounds of veterans and first responders. I immediately reached out to Eva to see how I could help, and as a real estate agent I'm proud to be working with TRR to help locate a permanent home within the State of New York. Realizing this dream will pave the way for TRR to spread its wings and expand its outreach significantly in a time when such help is so desperately needed. I have witnessed firsthand the commitment and integrity of Eva Usadi and the volunteers helping to support TRR's important endeavors. I invite others to support this very important organization however you can. Recommend it to veterans and first responders in need. Contribute funds if you're able so that more veterans can attend. Pledge support for a TRR permanent home with funding, supplies or service. Commit to making a difference.
I was a first responder at the WTC on 9/11 and the days and weeks after took a huge toll on me physically and mentally . I was blaming myself for other peoples actions and inactions . I was holding onto a lot of pain that had begun to manifest itself physically in my body . Pain that I had been experiencing for years . During one of my therapy sessions the pain melted away (it almost seemed like magic).
The staff was such a professional , talented and caring group of people . They treated the Warriors with such care and professionalism and at the same time like family. It will not soon be forgotten.
Not long after I got home when I would pass friends in the super market they would say hello and ask what is different with me . I knew it was Warrior camp, it is a life changer.
Just my opinion I think it has a huge positive impact on the staff as well and that is good too.
TRR was an absolute life-changer for me. A great group of volunteers and fellow warriors. I highly recommend this program.
TRR's Warrior Camp is an absolutely amazing program. I've had the honor and privilege of helping out at 2 Warrior Camp programs as a support staff. I saw first hand how the amazing combination of therapeutic modalities and activities has helped to transform the lives of active duty men and women and veterans alike. Through interactions, conversations and observations of program participants, I witnessed a tremendous amount of growth, reflection, and an opening up of the mind and spirit. At the end of the program it truly was as if a huge cloud had been lifted off shoulders, and there was a contagious sense of hope for the future. The staff are amazing and dedicated individuals, the food is amazing, and the facilities fantastic. My mom, Eva, has created an amazing and effective treatment program with proven results. I am very proud of her, and I hope her program can not only get the funding they need and deserve, but that our veterans and active duty soldiers get the care and support that they deserve. This should be a national program and I hope one day it is. I am incredibly grateful for being able to experience this work.
Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. and the Warrior Camp program provides evidence based services to our veterans and active duty military. The combination of yoga, EMDR, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Narrative Writing in a supportive environment creates the safety for participants to go to "the belly of the beast" and heal moral injury in a profound and safe way. The team is composed of experienced and talented professionals who care deeply and provide top notch services. I am grateful to be able to be a part of the program.
I just got back from Warrior Camp which is hosted by Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. I was one of the EMDR therapists. I had one of the best experiences of my career. The program is incredibly well designed, the other professionals I worked with were fantastic and experienced, and the community of warriors was movingly supportive of each other. It was wonderful to witness these men and women step up for themselves and each other. I would describe what I witnessed in the warriors as profound and sustainable change. I plan to volunteer to do it again in the future.
When I recieved my service dog Falcon I was blessed to have such a companion as him to help me through my struggles. He was there for me and has been by my side through all my pain and heartache. Though he was there to help me, I never truly found myself in this world after I left the military. I felt lost and closed from the world. Until I came to TRR. They helped me find something inside me that I lost years ago. The love and compassion for others. Even with Falcon I had a hard time loving him and getting close to him, let alone, allowing him to help me in some cases. Through TRR they showed me the doors I needed to open and go through in order to be open to the world one more time and not be afraid to be a new me.
After I left TRR to continue my career in training service dogs for disabled veterans I lost my girlfriend to a tragic car accident. I felt I got too close and shouldn't open myself up to another person again or get close to people. I refrained and remembered everything I learned from TRR and how much they helped and how hard I worked. I never wanted to be that person again, so I took a deep breath and kept pushing on.
I have to give a huge thank you to 3 specific people. First, Eva Usadi, you opened your arms and told me you loved me the first time we met. I never replied and was confused on how someone could love me when they don't even know me, let alone be there for me. You showed me that you cared and no matter what were going to be there for me. I can never repay the help you gave me and other veterans! You are a true inspiration to us all and I am beyond humble to call you my friend. Second, Renata, you were beyond the best help I could've recieved while at TRR in Utah. You truly guided me to a new me and showed me a future me that I was excited to be. Thank you so much! Third, all the veterans and staff at TRR, you all hold a special place in my heart that I truly am thankful for. Thank you so much for being my friends and spending your own time and money in caring for us veterans when no one will help us.
To future veterans, you find yourself lost or feel forgotten. Go to TRR! They will show you love and compassion toward you and show you a path that you never saw was there. Eva will never give up on you, just give it a try! Oh, and the horses are awesome too make sure to give them extra love for me!
I was in a very dark and angry place prior to attending the program. During the program I found a piece of me that I forgot was still there and am completely grateful to the hard work the staff did just to help me become a better person. Love is what I lost but now I have it back and use it daily to anyone I meet.
My knowledge & experience of TRR comes from knowing and consulting with Eva Usadi & one of her Board members, Fr. Sean Levine. Anyone who works with these wonderfully brilliant and compassionate clinicians and great human beings recognizes their passion for helping warriors, men & women, heal from combat PTSD & particularly from Moral Injury, the greatest demoralizer of our veterans.
The program they have designed is designed with genuine love and concern: they are not satisfied unless the veteran is offered the best possible chance to heal-a gift of a week out of time to experience the healing that comes from living in a therapeutic community family, with the greatest healing of all, the natural limbic communication of the horse, accepting the warrior just as he/she is and in the process giving the veteran the opportunity to accept him/her self and yet be be prepared to go out into the world to live, where suicide is not an option and a love for the self and truth abide.
I have had the honor to be part of the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy team in the arena for 4 TRR programs and have witnessed how over and over warriors experience profound healing. Most times warriors come into the program with what seems no hope but leave full of life, hope and a sense of not being alone. I recommend this program with all my heart because I have seen the real transformation and know there is another way for warriors who are struggling.
Alejandra Lara, Equine Specialist
I had an experience during equine therapy that made a large, lasting impact on my life. I was "just being" with a horse and I started crying. I was thinking how evil I was compared to this beautiful, innocent horse. My therapist asked me why I was crying and told her. She responded something along the lines of "do you think this horse would be acting this calm near you if you were truly evil? Do you think the horse wouldn't be able to sense that?" All my experience with all the horses up to that point had proven to me that horses would be able to sense that. It was the first time I had "proof" that I wasn't evil and that I could possibly get redemption for the harm I have caused in the world.
I Had the Honor and privilege of cooking for 2 warrior Camp programs . One was in Vermont and the other in Utah. I saw first hand this amazing combination of therapies and classes help transform Active service Men and woman and Vets who were at risk. I felt that at the duration of this program that I saw a huge lifting of Spirits and Hope . The Staff was great and at the end I felt like I had made some friends and great connections. Eva has created an effective treatment plan and I hope she can not only get funding but help her Program Grow to a National level. I am incredibly grateful to be apart of this.
I am glad that T and R,R is available for veterans to refocus their minds and find a place of comfort by working with horses. Animals have a special ability to sooth the uneven souls. Caring for animals is an important step towards caring for yourself.
My experience with TRR is as a clinician who works with Trauma. I know Eva Usadi, the dynamic woman who started this program which has helped save so many lives. As a trauma therapist I know that people can get their lives back and thrive and Eva has found a way to work with the most traumatized people; veterans who have served their country and struggle to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.
I applaud her work and the success the program has had. We need more programs like this to serve veterans and active military personnel who have served their country and deserve a chance to live and thrive. TRR gives them that opportunity. Bravo!
I served my country with passion and vigor until my injuries left me on the side line dealing with my injuries and dealing with the VA, I was able to turn to and looked for some outside help and was able to find this program with a focus on unresolved conditions of which I am well aware of as having PTSD , along with chronic pain inability to sleep and stress. The help I received at camp in North Carolina was an eye opener to the type of care we require to deal with the complexity of which these conditions have left some many of us in. I was an 8404 combat Medic and having been in charge of the care of our Men and Women I find this organization to be a blessing for so many and with many more whom will benefit from this program of help and understanding. I would enjoy someday passing on some of the help I have received, Thanks so much to the staff and facilitators of this much needed programs.
James M Styer ( Ohio )
8404 Navy-Marine combat medic
Preventive Med, Educational PO
Surg Tech, Optical Tech
ICU COU Tec , Ambulance PM
sworn defender and protector.
This helped me begin to understand me. I am a Vietnam and Afghanistan veteran. Thank you warrior camp.
The work done at the Warrior Camp was life changing; not just for me, but for my family as well. When I can sleep during the night and give open hugs and love without challenge, this is a gift. I have spread the word to many other veterans that this will help them, I pray there is more and more funding for those that need these services.
My experience with TRR's Warrior Camp was REMARKABLE to say the least!! It has forever changed my life! I can honestly say more work was accomplished and more healing was reached in just 7 days then in the 12 years I've been seeking help and battling my internal demons! This camp taught me things to TAKE WITH ME to continue healing my mind, body, and soul/spirit. The way in which it was presented to me was far from overwhelming...simple modalities that MADE SENSE and with a TEAM in which was dedicated to EACH INDIVIDUAL, making us each feel like who we were and what we said MATTERED. Through simple changes in diet and lifestyle stein g to our bodies, we began to transform in front of one another...it was beautiful to witness and hard to believe how much my eyes were opened. The facilitation of the program was beyond reproach and I was honored to attend.
Great experience for people who have experienced trauma
The staff and volunteers were very professional and helpful during our treatment
I participated in the warrior camp at a very trying time of my life . The resources put at my disposal were very advanced and effective. Each day great progress was made by the whole crew and the energy and encouragement carried us through many months after. The resources recommended in my hometown also proved pivotally beneficial. I found the project very carefully calibrated to the veteran's unique needs and sensibilities. Bravo to Eva Usady and her crackerjack crew.
It changed my life! It allowed me to start doing things again.
I participate in Warrior Camp last year at the National Abilities Center in Park City, UT. This was a great expeorence for me. I've been able to take the tools I was give during this retreat and apply them to my daily life. Warriors Camp was a wonder expeorence and I recommend it highly to anyone living with PTSD.
I am a combat vet and very appreciative of all the wonderful care and mental health services trr has donated there time to me. I no longer feel suicidal thank you
Unbelievable experience !!! I find it hard to put into words how much this week has helped me. If your a veteran & you have issues - YOU NEED TO GO HERE !!!
I have been to PTSD treatment & It didn't have this effect!
Thanks for the Life Changing Event!!!
I was invited to teach yoga at TRR's Warrior Camp. TRR's Warrior Camp offers four different treatment modalities (EMDR, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Yoga and Narrative Writing) to help active military and veterans with combat trauma, combat-related PTSD, moral injury, MST and suicide prevention.
In only seven days, I witnessed transformation in each of the Warriors (participants). When the Warriors arrived, they arrived with emotional/psychological suffering and physical discomfort. Many of the Warriors reported that they had not slept well in a long time. They told stories of being abandoned by the system that was supposed to support them and many of them felt angry and hopeless.
Within three days of treatment, I could see a change in the Warriors. On the third day of Warrior Camp, some of the Warriors reported having had a good night's sleep! Where there had been once hushed conversation, the shared-meals now included laughter, playfulness and even joy. In yoga class, the Warriors became physically stronger, more flexible and balanced. In our evening classes, there was a sense of quite peace and serenity.
One of the most transformative moments for me was in witnessing a strong connection among the Warriors and staff. While sitting around a camp fire when someone suggested playing a game (two truths and a lie) - each of the Warriors shared but even more important - they were truly laughing - without holding back. It was healing, magical and beautiful.
By the end of the Warrior Camp, every participant had exhibited substantial transformation from how they arrived. I was humbled and honored to have witnessed their healing and to have been invited to share in this profoundly uplifting opportunity.
As a military service member, I am greatly appreciative of TRR's efforts to provide treatment to members of my military branch who struggle with the effects of combat-related PTSD. TRR is demonstrates a deep commitment to helping our returning service members.
A staff of caring, experienced and nurturing individuals lies within the teams at TRR.
For over 40 years my father has lived with ptsd and the many ailments it can cause. After 1 week working with TRR, he returned in such a confident and resilient manner.
He described his experience as one of the best in his life. He felt accepted, cared for, and finally understood. He says the team helped him to "let go" of things he never knew he could. He took so much from TRRs team and has put these skills into daily practice.
He smiles so much more.
And we, as a family, are so grateful.
TRR is a wonderful organization providing caring resources by experienced professionals for individuals effected by trauma.
A proud veteran's daughter.
Before I attended this program, I could not find an available therapist who offered Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and I was really nervous about doing it, too. I wanted to get better though. I was at a standstill with talking about my problems and I felt as though I needed a different form of therapy, which even my psychotherapist recommended to me. Now, having experienced EMDR, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), and Restorative Yoga, for 7 days, I feel like a brand new person! Seriously. I returned home remembering my breath control when I feel anxious and when I walk up to my horse, I notice my body more and have a better relationship with them all. I don't want to give away the details of the program, because that's something an Alumni is able to learn. Now, this program is no walk in the park - it was difficult, mentally and emotionally, for me, BUT, trust me, if I can do it, you can do it! The staff are exceptional at what they know to do for you and are highly trained. Thank you Warrior Camp for an intense and yet, life-changing week. It's a week in my life that I won't forget (and I forget many things)!
Trauma and Resiliency Services has been a wonderful resources for our veterans in the northeast region. They have not only provided direct service to veterans, but have served as a host organization for our fellows.
As a Viet Nam combat veteran who has volunteered as the equine specialist, I have witnessed the remarkable life changing affects that Warrior Camp offers to those that have said "this is my last chance to get my life back". Other veterans have told me that this program has saved their life. I am a believer that Warrior Camp works!!!!!!!!
There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talents to those in need. My great respect for our veterans has brought me to decide to volunteer with the Warrior Camp program. The committed staff brings a level of expertise that greatly benefit these military men & women. They enter their program week broken, discouraged and sceptical that change is possible. They leave with new connections, and hope for a healthy future. Thank you to all those who continue to sustain Warrior Camp and for allowing me to be a part.
I Volunteered for the North Carolina Camp this summer. My intention was to give my time and experience to these men and women who have been halted by the war and the lack of support in their treatment services. My hope to help them finally resolve their traumatic memories. Volunteering for The Warrior Camp this summer has reignited My vision and expectation. It was truly life changing. I've been an EMDR Practitioner since 2007. My hopes with providing EMDR was to help the thousands of men and women returning from WAR. I have, however, run in to so many barriers to be able to support them. They often seek the treatment through the VA as they are entitled to do, however, It is described as overwhelming and many just give up with the system. I have worked in the crisis field in my community and weekly see the effects of the war, many of the vets refusing services from the VA.
This Camp is amazing, the modalities of Yoga-reconnect with your body, the importance of breathe, of being in the moment. Eagala -Equine assisted therapy- the work with horses mirroring the work to support our healing. EMDR the healing of specific memories. Seeing my assigned clients heal right before my eyes. Allowing them to relax to the point of wanting to sleep immediately after our session , something many have struggled with for years. The glee many of them expressed with writing their stories with the Writing coach was very endearing.
It is my hope that the program continues to grow, continues to heal many of these lovely beings. I would volunteer as many times as I can. It was the most amazing experience Ive had professionally.
I volunteer for TRR because I firmly believe in their mission and the benefits they provide those who have experienced trauma. TRR offers a unique program-the warrior camps provide those who have suffered trauma an opportunity to heal through the practice of yoga and animal therapy. I am passionate about the benefits of yoga and have chosen to give the gift of my time to TRR.
Nothing else like Warrior Camp exists! It is truly unique. As a Chaplain and a veteran of four tours in combat, I have always been the one to whom people turn for help. Someone once asked me, "to whom do you turn?" I offered a answer that sounded great, but it wasn't really true. I had no one. I nearly did not make it through my fourth combat tour; about 3/4 of the way through, I hit severe burnout from extended compassion fatigue and war trauma. I returned home tired and numb and I found myself in a deep struggle to stay "afloat" at my new duty station. It was at this point that I made the unprecedented move to do one thing to take care of myself. My week at Warrior Camp changed my life forever; it was truly a pivotal experience. The combination of modalities--morning/evening yoga, EMDR Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and supportive community--approached my war trauma, moral injuries, and burnout from multiple angles, which really helped me because my personal issues were multifaceted and required a cohesive yet diverse bundle of healing modes. To this day, a year and a half later, I regularly draw upon my Warrior Camp experience: all I have to do is close my eyes. Rather than seeing the faces of the war dead and suicides that used to instantly rise from the depths of my soul's deepest pain, guilt, shame, and sorrow, I now see Warrior Camp. The peace of yoga, the relief of EMDR trauma work, the restored connection with myself and with others given to me by the horses I worked with in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and the acceptance of my veteran community--these memories now rise to my consciousness from a place of deep healing. I can't say enough. There's no way to commend adequately this nonprofit to any reader. It is awesome, it is one-of-a-kind, and it is powerfully effective. As one who has experienced its benefits, I can't think of a better way to support war veterans than by supporting TRR and Warrior Camp.
I came to the Warrior Camp project hoping to share information and learn new ways to help the veterans that I work with. I shared in an amazing healing process, which was infinitely more than I thought was possible in one week. It is a compassionate way of effectively dealing with PTSD, Operational Stress Injury, Moral Injury, Soldiers' Heart, ... or whatever else one wants to call it. I thank Eva Usadi for putting this project together and for working so hard to keep it funded. I have a great respect for all the staff, volunteers and warriors. Thank you for letting me be a small part of this.
My experience of being an EMDR Therapist at Summer 2015 NC Warrior Camp has changed me indelibly as a professional and as a person. The model of treatment and support that Eva Usadi has developed in this program is nothing short of ground-breaking and the remarkable treatment outcomes are the indisputable evidence. I have been a practicing trauma therapist and EMDR practitioner for over 30 years and have, for the first time in my career experienced something that has allowed me to fully connect with the depth and breadth of meaningful trauma recovery work in a way that has realigned my approach to treatment. I am grateful to have been a part of the therapeutic team at this summer's program, and my hat is off to Eva for her vision and her passionate commitment. The world is a better place because of it.
I volunteered at Warrior Camp in North Carolina. It was a life changing experience for the Warriors and the staff. Eva has designed an amazing program that helps veterans find healing and produces dramatic changes in only a week. At least one veteran said it saved his life. Everyone went home in a much better place. I was blessed to be a part of the healing.
Trauma and Resiliency Resources runs an excellent short-term residential program for warriors that incorporates multiple modalities of therapy and treatment for trauma related issues. The staff is generous and well trained, the facility and setting are amazing, and Warrior Camp gets real results! I would highly recommend this program to any warrior who is struggling with any type of mental or behavioral health issue related to trauma.