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We train soldiers for war. Let's train them to come home, too.
Before soldiers are sent into combat, they're trained on how to function in an immensely dangerous environment. But they also need training on how to return from the battlefield to civilian life, says psychologist Hector Garcia. Applying the same principles used to prepare soldiers for war, Garcia is helping veterans suffering from PTSD get their lives back.
Pizza and Movie
Our movie night this month will feature the documentary Project 22 which addresses the reality that 22 Veterans end their lives by suicide every single day in our country. This is an epidemic we all need to be aware of if we are to bring healing to the countless who suffer.
We had a very important and emotional Inspire! event talking with Veterans about their experiences and struggles with re-entry. And we learned that there are things WE can do to make a difference!
VOTE and encourage others to VOTE- become informed and recognize that it is our elected officials who determine whether we go to war.
Become educated on the true cost of war and work to stop war from happening. We need to own our part of the problem.
Provide meeting space and dedicated social time for veterans to be in each others company. The Momentum Center is happy to host these opportunities!
Hold local government accountable for getting word out to the community about resources available to our veterans.
Encourage the Grand Haven Tribune to have a regular section for Veterans like they have in the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Have resources available at public events and when holding public events, ask Veterans organizations to bring resources.
Use Social Media to reach younger Veterans.
Hold a Veterans Resource Fair during the Coast Guard Festival. The Momentum Center will follow up with the agencies at the Inspire! event to see if they would like the Center to host such an offering.