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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To serve those who served our country, by offering this compassionate and welcoming retreat, where any story is heard without judgment and hearts are healed

Results: VJH USA is newly formed, although the work has been going on since 1989. Hundreds of vets have experienced emotional healing through Vets Journey Home since its inception.

Target demographics: All military veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: dozens of Veterans

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: free weekend retreats to heal emotional wounds and trauma.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jim J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a weekend working with Vets Journey Home at the urging of one of my employees, a veteran herself who also volunteers with them.
In a nutshell, they do great and difficult work in helping vets come to terms with their service. I am proud to support them in their efforts helping our vets heal.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to participate in the AMAZING program that VJH has created for bring Veterans out of the shadows of past traumas to a new existence with personal validation and more hope for their future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group works miracles! Recommended for any prior military with personal conflicts from any source.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My daughter is an Army Veteran. She served in Afghanistan as a young woman and later went to Iraq. VJH has helped her in ways I never could. Indeed, as parents, partners, friends, family never could...we can’t help the way our Vets need to be helped. VJH can. And indeed HAS. This organization, unlike so many others, is the real deal. My daughter now dedicates a great deal of her time helping other Vets with VJH.
I am incredibly grateful, humbled and proud of such an amazing organization that can help so genuinely those who have served our country so completely. Thank you, VJH, with all my heart ♥️.

1 Anita V.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Marine Corps Veteran. I’ve had PTSD/Depression for many years. I was blessed with the opportunity to come to a retreat for veterans last year. I learned how important it is to care for myself.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our good friend came back from multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. She had a number of very heavy issues that were weighing on her as she tried to re-assimilate into civilian life.

Vets Journey Home provided an extremely effective group setting in which she and other like her could talk about and hopefully process their issues. I would strongly recommend them to any other vets working through the transition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a veteran, Vets Journey Home helped me process the transition from war time to peace time. It was instrumental in my ability to find peace. I continue to staff weekends to this day as a way to give back and continue my own healing path.

2 Jason M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best Veteran deep trauma recovery groups in existence. Every thing they offer is completely free to veterans. I found healing through them and often refer veterans to them

2 quark12

Client Served

Rating: 5

After 40 years I was finally able to honor the time I spent in the USAF. The damage the war did to the troops and the civilians was horrendous. Vets Journey Home, Wi. provided the opportunity to integrate my military experience. They also provided an opportunity to pay it forward by my being a volunteer for additional weekends. Thanks Wisconsin.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On a Vets Journey Home, any military trauma can be welcomed, witnessed and released by a competent staff, primarily volunteers, who support, encourage and witness a participants experience. The trauma need not be only combat experience, any military trauma can have negative effects and can be released.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have staffed these weekend trainings for Vets who never felt they had been welcomed home. I can attest to the power and the joy that the experience releases. I have seen Vets open doors to their hearts that had been locked since their service. I remember a Vet who spoke of his bomb sniffing dog. He had worked with this dog for a year in Vietnam. The dog had saved his and others lives. He tried to get the dog released and bring home with him. It wasn't possible. A few month's after he left the service, he learned that the dog had perished in an explosion. The experience had torn him up for years. The VJH home experience allowed him for the first time to touch that pain and begin the process of healing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience. I’ve received more positive therapy and improvement in one weekend with VJH than years at the VA. We learned about deprograming and Our illness, not just medication. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, professional and epithemic. You spend the weekend with fellow Brothers and Sisters understanding you’re not alone in your pain or illness. More Veterans should be aware of this program. I highly recommend VJH

1 Michael William J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Greetings to all,I first went to vets journeyhome i was a participant in there after I staff may be about five times it’s been a wild couple years but it helped me gain another inch walked in down and walked out with my head high.
Michael W.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of such devoted volunteers who truly 'walk the talk" and do so quietly and without great fanfare. The program I attended affected me deeply and continues to help me, almost a year later. Unlike any other similar program, the volunteers are still there to reach out to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program far exceeded any expectations I might have had. The program is literally life changing. Stuck for years, I was thinking this was just how it was going to have to be--- no way out, no way around it. Suck it up. Live with. Why can't you just yourself?? Then I participated in a weekend program.... everything has changed. I mean everything.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Veterans of any gender, combat or peacetime, are welcome. What organization lives by that?
The retreats offered by VJH offer unparalleled opportunities for veterans to work on service related issues and, unfortunately, service related trauma. VJH does a great job at a low cost.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a grass-roots charity to support--look no further. VJH does a great job helping vets and family members feel honored for serving and for sacrifices associated with military service. I have staffed retreats on two occasions now. The attendees have been both male and female vets, and some have served in combat zones, some have not. The "work" that takes place is based on processes designed to help vets deal with problematic life issues--service related or not. The aim here is to be of help as these service men and women navigate life's challenges. Vets attend for free. We welcome your support. In addition to staffing, i have also made financial donations.

1 Ofer Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of staffing a weekend with Vets Journey Home. The transformation that the workshop leaders facilitated for the vets was incredible. In my judgment, the experience probably benefited those vets more than 10+ years in therapy. The leaders and staff, all of whom volunteee their time, are the most positive and giving human beings I had the pleasure of meeting. The vets were able to process deep traumas from their service, in a safe and supportive environment. This organization truly helps to bring our wounded soldiers home, by hearing and validating their experiences at war. What an honorable mission - to serve those who served us and help them reintegrate to society. I left the weekend with my heart full, knowing I’ll be back to volunteer my time again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve dealt with my issues for over 37 years. I’ve been to the VA 5 times and was helped quite a bit. However, unknown to me, I was still carrying baggage from my military experiences that was affecting my confidence and ability to enjoy life. I was invited to a Vtes Journey Home weekend and attended. Due to the caring nature of staff and the environment we were in, I was able to release so much that was bogging me down over the years that I came away with so much relief I still feel better. It never goes away, but I know I hold my head higher and have renewed confidence in areas where previously I was doubting myself.

The military is the only organization I know of where a good successful mission still means good guys die. The military trains you to accept that. But when you go through a tough time, you’re still human and have to deal with tough consequences. We’re not called GI (government issue) for nothing. Vets need an organization like Vets Journey Home so they can release they’re inner demons and still be loved and accepted by fellow vets and civilians who care and bridge the gap to leading a fairly normal civilian life.

I thank God for my healing through Vets Journey Home. I’ve become a better person not bogged down by the demons of tough military experiences.

1 Kim W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Vets Journey Home as another step in my healing. I am so glad I did this. The work was hard and very emotional but it helped me continue on my path to wellness and was a necessary part. The staff are super supportive and the work is group setting with individual stories and work to challenge and overcome the obstacles that have kept me in a dark space for so very long. I was lost and VJH helped me find my way home through healing.

1 Robert B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to release 36 years of built up shame and guilt for my life experiences in Vietnam. I was in conflict with religious beliefs at the age of 23, and what I committed to do for the service of my country. Two facilitators and a peer group and I let go of my past and how I felt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was invited to a VJH weekend by a Friend who had also attended. I was dealing with grief and anger from the loss of my son several years earlier. I had tried different sources for grief support and therapy but I was still angry and hurting. Upon arriving that weekend, there was only one other male participant who was to be my room-mate. When I turned to greet him, it was if the years slipped away. He was a shipmate that served with me on the same Submarine 33 years earlier. Not only was he a shipmate, but a friend that I would actually socialize with and get closet to. It really helped to make the weekend special. On dealing with my BOULDER or BLOCK as they may call it, I was also blessed to have a certified grief counselor on staff that weekend. They helped me to see I could still converse with my son, and that I could talk with him anytime. They helped me to let out the tears I was also afraid to show in front of my wife, and to see my feelings were normal and important to talk about in dealing with my son. It was a true healing weekend and I am forever grateful to have experienced what Vets Journey Home does for Veterans.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I went to the VJH weekend not knowing what to expect, hoping to deal with issues of anger and resentment. But finding out the my grief over losing my twenty-one year old son from an overdose of drugs was causing me more problems than I knew. Good and caring people helped bring me through some of the hardest parts of acceptance in this area.
One of the most amazing things was walking into the registration area and finding out that my room-mate for the weekend was also a Shipmate from my Navy days who I had not seen in 32 years! It was more than a coincidence, it was unbelievable. We were not just shipmates we were good friends too! So the re-connection was instant and although it brought back a ton of memories most of them were great and there was a good deal of healing on the weekend. I learned a number of things about my grief, I learned how to look at my relationship with my son in a different light. Just because he wasn't here in the physical sense didn't mean he didn't exist to me anymore. He lives on in my memories and in my heart forever. The staff was caring, competent and really interested in helping. I was asked to go into the weekend with an open mind, that's what I did. I didn't judge what may happen I just tried to allow it and see where it took me. I shared this all in excitement with my wife when I got home, and took it slow in explaining how to connect with our son in a different way. It was a great lesson that I am grateful for and I would love to experience this again to deal with other boulders or blocks that may hamper me from living my life to the fullest. Thank You Vets Journey Home. I appreciate what you do! - JD

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This past weekend, I was given an extraordinary opportunity to heal and learn about my damage...yes, I healthily accept it as such, leaves room for growth. Vets Journey Home afforded me so very many things, most importantly there are actually 2 bullet points

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The retreat experience can not be fully explained because it is completely individual for each vet. What every major issue is standing in the way of success this program can help to move it. The staff are both veterans and civilians, from this point forward I will never say civilians don't get it. These people were there to listen and support veterans like I have never experienced before. If you allow the teachings they offer to assist you amazing healing can take place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was partnered with Vets Journey Home with a Wellness Retreat for Veterans, I had seen some great transformations during that retreat. Vets Journey Home truly has the veterans interest at heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Keep up the great work. This organization has helped me with understanding myself more.

2 Jenny111

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Clint and a volunteer with VJH!! It is an amazing experience and organization no matter which way you decide to do it!! I would recommend VJH to anyway!! It has helped my husband and I in many ways!! Great job VJH!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Vietnam Vet, and barely stayed out of trouble. My Vietnam experience was totally ingrained in, and drove me. I had no emotion or 'Heart'. I trusted nobody.
I went to Northern Wisconsin for a 'free' Vets Retreat , and found myself in a building with Veterans, and 'civilians'...civilians? Whoa! No way.!
I shared just enough to get to the point of, no 'backing out'. But no one had 'judged me' - strange.
That weekend the Staff had found a way for me to trust; and - open my Heart.
Now, when I staff a Vets Journey Retreat, I allow my Heart to do as much as possible.
No one would have enough money to pay, for me to do Heart Work.
Humbly,
Jimy Hering

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Client Served

Rating: 5

VJH is an awesome program that helped me get over a bridge that I thought was impossible to cross. I aM deeply thankful for the program and the continued support I receive from not only the program, but also from the other Vets that faced similar experices. I recommend VJH to any soldier or couples that are facing challenges after returning home from deployment or that have had any significant experience in the military that needs focus and healing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've just completed the weekend of Vet's Journey Home in Wisconsin.
I had no idea what to expect from the werkend.
I learned of VJH by way of another non profit I'm pat of the past 9 years as of Nov '16.
This past weekend we were given the opportunity to write a farewell letter to a fellow service member who had 'fallen' in service.
Mine was mostly a peace time experience and I had not known a fellow fallen solder.

Immediately I realized I was the man that had not returned home.
My body is intact but my truest life ended 43 years ago. My letter was to myself and the life still back at tech school.
Mine is about MSA (military sexual assult aka MST or, military sexual trauma ).
My letter expressed the great loss I'd come to know after much counseling. My letter ended with me saying to mysrlf; I Cannot leave you at tech school...I Will find a way to bring you (me) home.
The VA offers many forms of treatment. One offering was medication. I've chosen other forms of treatment...inner personal healing work.
I CANNOT say enough or too much about my experience this past weekend with VJH.
I now know I have purpose...Purpose in helpng others toward their healing.
Please consider your own steps toward healing by looking at my invitation to take your Vets Journey Home weekend ecperience.
Be well.
JonnC .

4 Robin166

Board Member

Rating: 5

VJH changed my life for the better in 2009. Since that time, I have remained affiliated with VJH. VJH is a true non-profit. No one gets paid. We are all volunteers and there is no charge for Veterans to attend our weekends. We truly rely on donations to continue to make our organization successful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Vets Journey Home is a true nonprofit where all of the money raised goes towards supporting and assisting our Vets...that means that none of the staff members get paid as they are volunteers! The experience of the retreat for the vets is life changing. I have staffed the event and what takes place over the few days makes a difference in the life of the vets who attend. Welcome home Vets!

2 Little John

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a truly wonderful experience I've had being able to staff two of the VJH weekends. So heartening to see the vets be welcomed into such a caring group. The transformations I've seen have been a true gift and I'm honored to have been there for them. I look forward to the next time!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Vets Journey Home in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania since 2008. I have been amazed at the wonderful healing work done by the Volunteers in this organization. There are no paid staff in this organization; all funds are used to support the programming to offer free healing weekends to Veterans. If you want to support Veterans, consider donating or volunteering with VJH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program changed my life by giving me the support and skills to manage my return to civilian life after from combat trauma. The lasting impact has affected all the people around me in a positive way, and now I volunteer so that I give back some of the life-affirming gifts I received. This organization is 100% staffed by volunteers, both vet's and civilians, that truly understand trauma, and create a safe place to begin the journey home.

2 Lin_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

10 plus years as a volunteer with this organization. The staff are 100 % committed to helping our vets and what is very important is this: In addition to helping our vets release their trauma and truly COME HOME, no one is paid to serve on the weekend retreats. This means that ALL the donations go directly to our vets - to provide them a free weekend that is safe and all encompassing - dedicated to healing the wounds of war.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with men, women, and children who have experienced trauma and PTSD for 25 years. For the last six years I have been involved in working with veterans and then I met others who were involved with Vets Journey Home . I am now an instructor and can speak to the well established practices and dedication of the staff to help our veterans come home. An atmosphere of total acceptance and respect for the vets and their stories is the foundation for this exceptional program. VJH-USA has deepened my life, both personally and professionally. It truly is a beacon for many to come home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love VJH. Helps heal our Veterans wounds. Nothing like it. I've been involved since early 2012. No one is paid. It is an ALL Volunteer organization. Every dollar goes to support our Veterans. Thank you to the men and women who give their time and service to help our Veterans. More importantly, thank you to all our Veterans who come and share their experiences with us. The Beautiful thing is most of the Veterans that come through our program. Come back and volunteer to help their fellow Veteran's in their Healing process. Again, I love Vets Journey Home. Mike Hanson

PS Inside Joke: Colonel, I'm still waiting for my check.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Vietnam combat veteran. I heard about this program from a veteran friend who benefited greatly from his weekend. The program was totally free. The instructors and staff were all volunteers, about 20 for our 9 veterans. Their process,program, allowed me to share my experiences that I had never shared with anyone. I have never met such a dedicated, understanding group of people that "get it". I witnessed, not only my own personal transformation, but everyone there shared amazing stories of sacrifice and pain. It was a great healing experience for us all. I highly recommend this program for any veteran dealing with service related trauma.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VJH...this no cost retreat for a well deserved group... Our Vets...
A safe, non judging environment filled with a family of civilians and veterans, a genuinely caring group that has set aside their weekend to be with you. I say this from my heart...I feel honored to be part of this family.
You come to a weekend of uncertainty, with silent and heavy burdens you carried home from your time given to our country ,for all of us....
..I can only say...if you come ...you will leave with a lightness and healing you may think you could never feel again.... Please do this for yourself....
Ps... And thanks to those of you who have, my life has been blessed at each retreat I could be part of... I will forever be grateful....