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Veteran's PATH

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Veteran’s PATH enables returning veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation, and a safe community.

Target demographics: returning veterans that have served since 1990

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 veterans

Geographic areas served: California, Tennessee and Colorado with National aspirations

Programs: providing programs that combine outdoor adventure, mindfulness & meditation skills, and strong, supportive veteran communities.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Angela C-Y

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran's PATH has been an integral part of my healing. As a veteran with many deployments in combat zones, it has been difficult to integrate these war experiences with my life here at home. The programs provided by Veteran's PATH bring together resources and community to give me the support I need. It's truly transformative.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The anchor program has absolutely been pivotal in my life. I cannot thank Veteran's PATH enough for its impact.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am SO incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a woman in this year's Anchor Program (2018).
Veteran's PATH gave me useful tools for self-care and healing; meditation (both walking and sitting), art therapy, nature experiences and sensory awareness activities. Participating with other Veteran Females was incredible because I felt completely understood like never before! I also enjoyed the platform of Schoology which was a way of organizing ourselves in between sessions, and our practices. Our private group on this platform could all talk to each other via a discussion board. It was another modality of connection and support.
I have an amazing network and community of wonderful women who I call sisters. I know we will be good support and friends forever. We have agreed to keep in touch via Social Media, planned activities and trips and Veteran's PATH One-Day events.
I am so incredibly grateful and would recommend this program to any veteran who needs support. I learned to cultivate peace, grace and self-compassion through The Anchor Program. What a priceless gift. Thank you for allowing me to participate.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Veterans Path's exceptional efforts to bring mindfulness and compassion to veterans in a supportive and caring setting offers respect and gratitude to a generation of vets who have not been as respected and supported as they deserve

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran’s Path has changed the way I live my live. Before Veteran’s Path I struggled greatly with PTSD and depression. I was angry all the time and unable to cope with stressful events. After Veteran’s Path (and now as a continuing member) I have learned a new way to cope – with breath and compassion for myself and for others. This program is unlike any other program I’ve been in. For one, the teachers are completely committed to every single veteran that joins the program. For second, there is a never-ending circle of support available to every person that comes to be a part of this program. My battle with PTSD is not over – but the resources and guidance and support provided by Veteran’s Path has made my path clearer and brighter and the load much lighter. I encourage anyone that cares about our veterans to donate to this non-profit, so they can expand their circle even wider.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Path has been pivotal in helping me find purpose after my 12 years in the military. If it was not for veterans Path, I would not have come to understand my PTSD or my anxiety. I have learned coping mechanisms and practices that I continue to use. My only complaint is that I have not gotten do do a Veterans Path event in so long because I truly miss it. Wonderful staff that facilitate veterans getting together. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had to partake in Veterans Path.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've attended veterans path on two separate occasions. Chris and Lee were so patient and comforting. I truly enjoyed the calmness in the environment. This helped me with my anxiety and my PTSD symptoms. If I lived closer I would have attended a lot more events. But with a 1.5 hour commute, my only wish is that there was a veterans path closer to me.

1 R Warren L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have supported VP for several years, met a good number of vets in the VP programs and joined in one of their one day events. As a retired Air Force veteran, I am sure that VP has built unique programs that help veterans help themselves and build a vet community that they can count on as they rebuild their lives and engage with their family and friends.

1 Courtenay D. R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Veteran's PATH is a positive and supportive community for veterans!

2 Maria W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran's Path is such a great resource for Veterans. It's a nice way to meet new people, relax, and learn positive coping skills for the many emotional challenges that some of us may face. They are eager to ensure participation by helping to provide transportation to events along with hosting all events free of charge to veterans and one guest per veteran. I had so much fun doing activities I've never done like tandem cycling, kayaking, and meditating. Plan on attending another event soon!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring, compassion and community. This sums up (for me) where the greatness lies in this amazing organization. I am a Veteran and also a certified therapist so I originally went to see how I could participate and support my fellow veterans. Along the way I found self healing that I wasn't aware I needed. They helped me get back into my mindfulness practice and exposed me to more beneficial techniques. They are supportive and allow you to discover what you need from the program.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Veterans Path very sceptical of what meditation and mindfulness could actually do for me. I had been through some meditation with counselors in the past and just thought "well maybe I'm just not the right person for that type of thing, it's only for hippies". I work in the health and fitness industry and recently have been exploring more of a wellness approach to life and in working with my demons. I served two combat tours as an infantry machinegunner in the Marine Corps and suffer PTS and TBI along with other disabilities. I got to a point where I thought there's gotta be a better way than what I'm doing now!

I went to my first one day with quite a bit of anxiety and uncertainty. But I allowed myself to be open because of my interactions before with the vet leaders and facilitators that invited me. By the end of the event I felt that camaraderie I had lost when I left the corps. I had a warmth and energy I hadn't had in so long. Sincevthat first retreat I have been back to each event, learning and growing and developing a love for not only healing myself but also paying it forward to help veterans suffering like me. I can't necessarily say Veterans Path saved my life, but it most certainly is healing my soul!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The leadership at this organization has an astounding and evident care for the veterans served by their transformational work. This desire to serve and help those who fought for freedom is evident through their programs which are crafted using evidence-based techniques and built to help each person work through his/her unique journey to find a new PATH following service.

The organization is transparent whether with financials or sharing their vision. Veteran's PATH uses approaches which are not readily available and augment existing programs through other government and non-governmental agencies. Their desire for collaboration is based out of a genuine desire to stay true to their mission to serve more veterans. Their work has already produced successes, which are embodied in the spirit, heart, and life of renewed veterans.

This organization is a jewel, and as they expand their footprint, individual lives will not only be changed; but family and community and societal lives as well. I have enjoyed my experience with Veteran's PATH and would recommend this organization to veterans, donors, volunteers and anyone who has a need, a dollar or a heart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first experience with Veterans Path was a 5-day retreat. I was not the happiest person when the retreat started. I was very angry and sad. With the emotions I had, I was still accepted by the leaders. The meditation, mindfulness exercises, and comraderie was what I needed at that moment. Each veterans path event I feel like I continue to grow and am aware of my emotions. This is a great organization. My life has changed because of it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran's Path has been a transformational experience for me. The leaders, facilitators, and camaraderie have made each retreat I've attended quite memorable and practically life saving. It only took a one-day retreat for me to take this journey with Veteran's Path to another level- my first experience of transcendental meditation, mindfulness based training and sensory awareness with Veteran' Path has forever changed my perspective on living, breathing and being fully alive. The tools I've learned from this organization will forever guide me in my healing process and I will forever be grateful. I've learned to value myself, respect myself and take care of myself in ways that I never knew I can do. Veteran's Path helped me wake up, so to speak. And I hope this organization will continue to grow and spread the seeds of love, gratitude and the meaning of what it means to be here and be fully present in all that we do. Thank you, VP. With love, CJA

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran' PATH has helped me tremendously. I'm so glad that they have something for women veterans. By them teaching me meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing, I'm able to use these techniques practically everyday. I'm able to use the handouts and books they provide and even call and speak to staff when I need. And they keep in touch with you.

1 Matt118

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran's Path has provided me with a community of veterans who are willing to walk through difficulty together. This has meant that when things were light and upbeat in my own life I had the opportunity to support others in my community, purpose. It has also meant that when I am low I have friends to call and visit to get out of my own head. I can't help but notice that I am learning a deeper type of friendship through this organization. Beyond this, Veteran's Path has nurtured me to be able to accept the difficult truths of my life and begin to adjust and care for my life in a way to make it both healthy and uniquely mine. This has been accomplished both through mindfulness techniques and having the opportunity to take the time out of a busy life to ask, what am I doing with this precious life? And, making real connections with those in my community because we actually share about the difficulties and triumphs in our lives.

These somewhat heavy ideas are balanced with hikes, Frisbee, water rafting, climbing, etc. that bring a light hearted togetherness and sense of comraderie that so many vets, including myself, long for after their service has ended. We remember how to laugh together.

I cannot say enough about the founders. They have never criticized or told me what I should be doing, but constantly point back to the part of me that understands goodness so that I can be my own guide. While busy, they have both always been available, even outside of events, to connect.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran's PATH has now become part of my live.
One out standing element that sets this organization apart from others is they are there for you and they continue to be there for you. Many organizations provide services once and that is the end of it. This is not the case with Veteran’s PATH, they encourage and welcome you to come and join them often.
The love and compassion these people have are tremendous.
I am extremely thankful for what Veteran’s PATH offers and for what they have brought into my life. I honestly look forward to each and every event I am able to attend. I come home feeling nourished and loved.
I am a women veteran that served over 11 years in the Army and Army National Guard, over 20 years ago.
I did not consider myself a veteran and never spoke of my experiences while in service much. I did not trust the VA and carried many scares; I was suffering in silence, as so many others have expressed it. This has been quite a long journey, thankfully one I do not have to walk alone any longer.
I appreciate and have tremendous gratitude for Veteran’s PATH and because of this organization I have a much brighter future.
SSG Army

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Path has helped me to realize the power of a breath. The way in which they lead you through meditation is both gentle and concise. Mindfulness and sensory awareness has never felt more accessible to me and for that I'm truly thankful. The tools being provided have helped me through some turbulent times.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Veteran who served for 28 years on Active Duty at home and in numerous deployed locations. I’ve always been interested in the power of resiliency and mindfulness in our day to day lives in very purposeful, powerful service to our Nation. The gifts, skills and tools that Veteran’s PATH brings to us is transforming; the journey with them truly brings peace, acceptance, transformation and honor as we return into our communities. I want to see these gifts reach more and more Veterans.

2 Jamie116

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is very helpful and effective. Just in the short time I have had with Veterans Path, I am already learning things about mindfulness and meditation. The people that work in this organization are so nice and calming. You feel welcomed and accepted the second you walk in.