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Ron Self: How to End Veteran Suicide

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One of DVNF’s 2016 grant recipients, Veterans Healing Veterans From the Inside Out, sent us this video. This is their founder, Ron Self, an incarcerated veteran, who is determined to make a difference for veterans in crisis. He gives us this TED Talk from inside San Quentin

His powerful story of his failed suicide attempt, the feelings that veterans have when they return home from combat or upon their exit from the military, and the difficulty they all face, and why some like him end up in prison in the first place, gives you some insight into how hard it is for so many veterans to decompress. Read more >>

Guest Blog: Honoring a Military Family

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After reading They Marched Into Sunlight, a powerful book about two days during the Vietnam War, written by Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist David Maraniss, Robin Becker, Artistic Director of Robin Becker Dance, felt compelled to create an evening-length dance.

Deeply moved by the integrity, honor, and commitment of both those who fought the war, and those who fought against it, Robin Becker embarked upon the creation of this dance hoping that the universal language of the body would reflect and offer the same sense of healing that David’s words evoked in her. Read more >>

Guest Blog: Finding Restoration and Hope

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The Healing Warriors Program team understands that managing pain, and the anxiety of Post Traumatic Stress, is critical for restoration of quality of life. For this reason, we work in partnership with the veteran’s medical team to provide an integrative approach to healing, one that includes restoration, wellness and hope. Read more >>

Guest Blog: 3 Beneficial Activities for PTSD

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Life with PTSD can be tricky. You have to learn to cope with the symptoms and learn new tactics for feeling better. While treatment is a very important part of living with PTSD, there are a few things you can do to improve your quality of life at home such as form a routine. Read more >>

September is Suicide Prevention Month – Spread the Word!

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September is Suicide Prevention Month. Data has revealed that on average, approximately 22 veterans a day commit suicide. It’s a national crisis, and one that we need to do more to fight.

Some research has shown that the military and veteran suicide rate is 50 percent higher than that of civilians, which is as sad as it is alarming. Read more >>

It’s Not Just About the Fishing

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Photo: Ed Kashi

Plans do not always work out. For some Veterans this deviation from the plan is often the result of an unforecasted, traumatic event that leaves many wondering, “What am I going to do now?” The Veterans that make their way to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs find that the multifaceted nature of fly fishing helps in answering that question. Read more >>

Ani Art Academies Offering Free Courses for Veterans

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Ani America Studio

We are actively recruiting apprentices for Ani Art Academy America, a school dedicated to teaching realistic drawing and oil painting techniques to veterans with physical and mental disabilities. Classes are beginning now and we will continue admitting apprentices monthly until we fill our 21 easels. Read more >>

New electric lift helps Hearts and Hooves

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The new electric lift helps safely transport the clients of Hearts and Hooves from chair to horse

Craig O’Neill , KTHV

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) — UntilH&H_image July 12, if a wheelchair-bound child or adult with a disability hoped to get on a horse, it took three to four volunteers at Hearts and Hooves. Read more >>

Guest Blog: Healing Through Horses

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What I’ve Learned from My Horses about Supporting Vets with PTSD

By: Shannon Knapp, Executive Director of Heart of Horse Sense
Equine Therapy and Services for Veterans, Their Families, and Caregivers

What do you mean, horses? What do horses have to do with PTSD? Read more >>



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