I owe my life to Warrior Camp. I served in OIF 04-05-06 as a Combat medic. US Army. Needless to say my PTSD,ANXIETY,Depression was off the charts. Upon reading about Warrior Camp from the USA Today newspaper at the Denver VA Hospital. I attended the Jan2014 group in New Hampshire. Travel costs were all taken care of by Mr Stacey,G. Warrior Staff. So day 1 we rode to the camp in a Limo from the Boston airport,No Joke. I was in the back seat with 4 other Veterans. No One said a word the whole ride? Day2 we began Eqine therapy and EMDR and intro to yoga, At evening wrap up group I learned my 2 roomates first names. Day3 The Veterans shared what Branch of service they served. Day4 My group shared where they came from and how many combat deployments they had. Day5 we shared our information about our families and pets. Day6 Our group was working out with each other telling war stories sharing cell phone pics and joking around during free time, As well as sharing all our contact info with the whole group becoming a semi Dysfunctional functioning family. DAY7. Departure day, Everyone stood in front of the group and vented a lot of PTSD issues and wrote the demons on paper and cast them into the burning fire place. I threw in 8 bottles of psychotropic medications. And to this day have remained off all but 2 prescribed meds. Lots of tears were shed that day. Nobody wanted to leave Warrior Camp It was safe and warm there and everybody there "GETS IT" Understanding PTSD. The Founder of Warrior Camp Eva Usadi still after a year of attending the camp checks up on me just to see how I'm doing. She genuinely cares about all veterans and first responders that suffer the PTSD demons. for more Intel e-mail me at. SFCTAPIA@GMAIL.COM
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 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 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