Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

“Healing those who serve”

I have to say as a new member of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing that it is one of the best things that has happened to me in a while. I am an avid largemouth bass guy, I’ve never fly fished before and I haven’t fished for trout since I was 15. Well, fly fishing is a blast, I’m liking it a lot. I have also picked up fly tying. I like tying flies too. My flies look as good as anything you can find!

Fly fishing and tying flies, hanging out with other Veterans that are dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war. Our time together is fun, often quiet and peaceful, sometimes like a family, a little louder. Like laughing together telling stories at the campfire, or meals. The peace and serenity is amazing. Until you set the hook!

The local chapter of PHWFF meets:

2nd Tuesday of each month at the New Patriot Veterans Outreach, 10 Wachusett St., Fitchburg, MA

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4th Monday at 100 West St., Leominster, MA

All Veterans and Active Duty are welcome to come on down. Join us.

Here are a few photos of us. Last summer in Maine and last weekend at Carbelas. And I would like to publicly thank Carbelas in Berlin for being such awesome hosts and sponsors.

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War is Politics for Everyone BUT the Warrior

War is politics for everyone but the warrior.

War is politics for everyone but the warrior.

One of the greatest frustrations modern Veterans deal with—and, for that matter, Veterans of every generation—is the mind-numbing political debate concerning the mission they’ve been handed. Regardless of a warrior’s political beliefs (or lack thereof), they eventually develop a disdain for those politicians, pundits, academics, media-members, students, and normal citizens who claim to speak for them. Do you know why? Because those who fight don’t have the luxury of a stateside debate on what they’re doing.

The warrior is in the arena risking his ass. It’s that simple.

For your average citizen, discussing war—whether it’s our current one or past ones—is as casual as discussing who’s going to the Super Bowl. They rarely have anything at stake. They don’t have to give it any thought afterwards.

For the warrior, the conflict never ends. Even if you come home from deployment physically intact, it will always be with you. Not everyone who goes to war has PTSD. Not everyone who goes to war has the same experience. But you will always remember it. It will always be a deeply personal part of your life.

It wasn’t a game. It wasn’t a political argument that you could walk away from. It wasn’t your reputation on the line—it was your Sisters, Brothers and YOUR life on the line.

War is politics for everyone but the warrior.

08.23-24.13 Dorchester, MA – Stand Down

Massachusetts Stand Down

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MASSACHUSETTS STAND DOWN
August 23 – 24, 2013
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides FREE SERVICES to homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.

Registration Hours: Friday August 23th 8a-4p and Saturday August 24th 8a-12p

Free Services at Stand Down 2013 Include:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • VA Boston Healthcare Registration
  • Medical Services
  • Eye Glasses
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Housing Services
  • Oral Health and Dental Screening
  • Employment Services
  • Legal Assistance
  •  Haircuts
  • Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
  • RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
  • Mass Health
  • Social Work Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Foot Care

*This is a partial list of services provided

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!! logo

Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information contact:
Volunteers of America Massachusetts at (617) 522-8086

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes

 

 

Transforming Post Traumatic Stress into Post Traumatic Growth

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. Our mission objective is to offer support services to Warriors and Warrior families challenged by Combat Trauma and post-deployment reintegration issues. We offer Battle Buddy workshops, family awareness training, online community support, one-on-one coaching services, as well as retreats for Warriors to decompress from battle and understand the tools available for them to adapt their military skills to civilian society.

“Warriors truly want to feel normal, they want to be like they were and what you would like them to be again, but that is impossible; they have changed forever. Help them to help themselves by understanding what they have been through, what horrors they have experienced and how they long to be loved and accepted for who they’ve now become.”

from The Warrior’s Guide to Insanity, Sgt. Andy Brandi, U.S.M.C.

Returning home after combat is an extremely difficult transition.  The brutalities of war can leave physical wounds as well as mental and emotional ones.  If avoided, these invisible wounds of war can show up in our lives as chronic physical pain, insomnia, depression, domestic violence, or substance abuse.

HH4Heroes offers a stigma-free opportunity to begin the healing process, which is crucial for Warriors and their families to reintegrate themselves after battle. By calming our mind, healing our body, and expressing our feelings, we begin to feel in control of our lives once again.  A renewed sense of freedom and joy can result, instead of the trauma from war defining our lives and limiting our ability to be happy.

Harvesting Happiness & Harvesting Happiness for Heroes provides positive psychology coaching tools to facilitate greater well-being. This communication is provided for education and inspiration. This communication does not constitute mental health treatment nor is it indicative of a private therapeutic relationship. Individuals desiring help for trauma, addiction and abuse related issues or other psychological concerns should seek out a mental health professional.

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes services and/or products are not a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis and/or treatment. Participation in all HH4H programs is voluntary and does not replace, supersede or conflict with guidance and/or treatment from a medical professional.  The Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK, provides immediate life-saving help to veterans and their loved ones.

 

 

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to New England-area Service Members, Veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury. We offer clinical and community education on these “invisible wounds of war” and conduct research in the understanding and treatment of post traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is the first program of its kind in the nation.  The Home Base Program:

Phone: (617) 724-5202

 

  • http://www.massgeneral.org/
  • http://www.redsoxfoundation.org/
  • http://www.homebaseprogram.org/