We assert that war is both archetypal and wounding of everyone it touches. It changes every part of us--body, mind, heart, soul, spirit, relationships and communities. We believe that invisible wounds of military service such as PTSD are not a failure of character but proof of warrior's mortality and humanity.
The key concept of the We Serve Program, Vet Chats, is that active duty military, veterans and military family members are brought together in a space such as a church or other community and/or sacred space. These venues permit a deeper reflection on the personal element of healing and remind all participants of the presence of spirit and order of a higher power. Veterans have always banded together and formed organizations to support, educate and serve veterans and their families. In generations past, it was not uncommon to find these outposts in churches and other venues across the nation and the unspoken welcome was palatable. But today these places have become less-effective in reaching out to younger veterans.
Vet Chats will restore the bonding and camaraderie between fellow soldiers that comes from sitting at a common table and sharing stories along with the feeling of support from their squadron or platoon. The therapeutic benefits inherent in these types of gatherings which will include military family members will again be on offer to our youngest generation of warriors.
WHITE PAPER VET CHATS FUTURE LIFE WE SERVE PROGRAMS OCT 2019