I returned from Iraq angry and crazy. The drugs didn't always help, and I was assigned a counselor who didn't have a clue what I was going through. Crap at work from my immature and useless female company commander didn't help. After a visit to the CHP (female vets only--what a relief!!), I was more relaxed, more able to handle her BS and my workload, and things at home were a lot easier on my husband too. To discover that you are not alone in your personal hell-on-earth, to know that there are veterans (sad to say, but true) worse off than you who have the courage to leave their homes and travel, in spite of their fear and emotional turmoil, to a place which CAN (for me, not MIGHT, but CAN) help, went a long way toward helping me move forward and leave the nightmare behind. If you are a vet, do this! If you are considering donating, donate! Every penny and hour you give helps combat vets like me who need to see the good people can do, instead of the horrible ways people treat each other on a daily basis (over there).
I participated in a Coming Home Project retreat a few years back. It was a retreat for service providers. I had an absolutely amazing experience. The staff was incredibly welcoming and supportive. I left there with a renewed and more positive sense of self, and more confidence in treating others. I have since referred Veterans and providers alike to their retreats, and will continue to do so.
I attended with my husband. As a military spouse, it was nice to spend time with others, sharing our stories and experiences and making new connections. This is a wonderful program and I hope others will benefit from it as much as I have for years to come.
I was fortunate to attend a retreat for professionals. As a mental health professional, serving active duty, veterans and their loved ones, I had exhausted myself trying to care for everyone else - forgetting my own oxygen mask. The retreat reminded me that self-care is a MUST if I wanted to continue to be helpful to others. I attended the retreat over 2 years ago and I still use some of the self-care techniques taught there. I also connected with other professionals in the field and continue those supportive relationships as well. The Coming Home Project is an amazing organization.
I went to a Coming Home project 3 years ago. I have made wonderful connections with new friends. We have maintained a tight relationship since then. I have invited them into my personal life and trusted them with my family. This is a big step in reintegrating into society after coming back from the war. Being a Marine, I always long for the camaraderie that I felt in the Corps. This retreat has satisfied just that.
I attended the female veteran retreat in California. I enjoyed every minute of the retreat and enjoyed the company of the females that I met. Unfortunately I have not kept in touch as I feel my psychological wounds are much deeper than one could have ever imagined. Had it not been for the coming home project I don't think I would have been able to identify my wounds from war and active duty. There are many more women who bear the same wounds and through this wonderful program are now seeking help to slowly close those festering wounds. I am honored to have been able to participate in this program and I recommended it to my sister in law. When my brother in law came back from iraq they attended the family retreat in San Antonio. I hope to one day be able to volunteer my time to this outstanding program that is helping to change the lives of my brothers and sisters in uniform.
The Coming Home Project does exactly as it's title says. It helps veterans interact and communicate with a group of volunteers when they have come home. we learn so much about "adjusting to life back home" but we also learn about ourselves. I haven't been on an event since 2008 when we went rafting, but I remember that I had the time of my life. I also keep in touch with a lot of the veterans that I met while I was there. We formed a bond so quick because we learned that almost everyone has the same battles Coming Home... Thank You So Much Dr. Bobrow.
I enjoyed the opportunity to receive the guideance from the staff at The Coming Home Project for my sister and I. We grew more closer as siblings and I received a better understanding as to how I should help her continue to integrate back into society. This program is very benefical to soldiers and family members.
This is an awesome program and helped me get in contact with other vets and made me realize I am not the only one who feels the way I do. It helped me realize who I am and gave me a relaxing weekend that I desperately needed
Myself, my husband who is a Veteran and our then 1 year old son attended a retreat a few years ago. It bought to light several things that troubled us and in the end we went home with more knowledge,support and new friends. I would reccomend this to any active duty or Veteran who is struggling with what is going on in their lives after combat and their families to attend to get a better grasp of things that went on.
After a extremely difficult year after separating from service, this retreat provided that foundation for me going forward. I look back at everything I went through before this retreat and I thank God for the calm that was provided. I felt human again.
I went there with an open heart and mind. I found myself feeling like I was missing something spiritually. Being surrounded by nature, the walks, the events, and the people all combined eventually helped me find what I was looking for. It was an amazing experience and would recommend it to any veteran in a heart beat. I feel exponentially better about myself and my life and am looking forward to the new path I am going on because of the experiences there at the retreat. I want to thank all the staff of The Coming Home Project.
This is an incredible and much needed organization. It was at these retreats that I learned my husband had PTSD...from the classes that were offered describing it. We were surrounded by counselors who specialize in helping veterans and their families for 3/4 days. I came away feeling more whole, more able to cope, and with a greater understanding of myself and my spouse. My children never want to leave. They are surrounded by counselors who specialize in working with children. I don't have words to express how grateful I am for this organization.
Absolutely wonderful group of people who are providing services that are badly needed. The volunteers and staff were so accepting and supportive that my family has been profoundly affected.
excellent retreat. I met new friends and learned to to deal with my issues and be able to discuss them with my wife.
I attended one of the CHP retreats for service providers of OEF/OIF Veterans and found the experience wonderfully rejuvenating. I still have many of the materials that I received at the retreat and practice some of the exercises that were taught there as ways to stay grounded, directed, and continually rejuvenated in the work we do with combat Veterans.
Working with the professionals at the Coming Home Project was a thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial process. The folks involved were not only competent, but also empathetic. They understood my difficult schedule and did everything they could to accomodate me. Further, I found it very therapeutic to dicuss the issues affecting our family through their interview process.
It was awesome for me and the family the groups meditation the atmosphere they go above and beyond to take care ofus vets and families the staff awesome and surroundings were wonderful
This is an extremely thoughtful, well-run organization that greatly benefits the people it serves. The leaders and volunteers are concerned, intelligent people who know how to, and have the desire to, share their gifts.
-Great Counseling -Was able to share stuff that was hidden for years -We went kayaking -I felt free and safe -The group therapies was great and helpful to me -I finally sought help after talking to one of the women there... it was something that I never wanted to do but I did it and it helped -I experienced Chi Gong and it helped me to relax and I was able walk(I've been in a wheel chair for over six months) -The place was great, peaceful and beautiful -I was stress free -Hearing all of the other womens' stories helped me...to be strong, to share my stories, to comfort others as others comforted me -I keep in touch with most of the women that attended the Oct. 2009 Womens' Retreat -This is the best thing that ever happened to me and will be for anyone else that attends -There were no thoughts of war anymore...just peace and freedom from war and death -This is the best experience I've ever had -This organization was very well organized