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.

 

 

Veteran Homestead

I WILL ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST.

I WILL NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT.

I WILL NEVER QUIT.

I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE.

Veteran Homestead, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Fitchburg, MA.   The organization was founded by CEO Leslie Lightfoot in 1993 in Leominster, MA.   It has since expanded into various facilities in New England and Puerto Rico.   Our mission is to provide medical, psychological, and spiritual care to Veterans who are diagnosed with a terminal illness, elderly, disabled, or otherwise in need.   We provide these services without regard to race, religion, or sexual orientation.   All of our programs are drug and alcohol free and every effort is made to help those seeking abstinence. 

Please take a moment and visit the Veteran Homestead webpage.Veteran Homestead  It is very impressive to see the work and progress that Leslie and her staff have accomplished.   You can get to Veteran’s Homestead by clicking on the American Flag graphic above or by clicking here: http://www.veteranhomestead.org/

Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center

Hope for the future is what the Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) is all about. The loss of a limb, a disfiguring burn, a traumatic brain injury, or an emotional scar due to post-traumatic stress are all life changing events that affect both the Veteran and his or her family. The idea of not being a whole person or having your loved ones perceive you as someone much different than you were can leave emotional and psychological scars that dwarf the physical. Our focus will be on education, physical, occupational, and emotional therapy with an emphasis on family counseling along with the life and recreational skills that are so often taken for granted. The NVTRC will address rehabilitation and community reintegration, restoring the whole person to a life in which he or she can live and interact with friends and family in a healthier and more functional manner. Some of the highlights of the NVTRC program are:

  •  Tuition & fees at Mount Wachusett Community College  (MWCC) at no cost to the veteran or their spouse. (VA   benefits and scholarships will be used if available)
  • Physical, occupational, and massage therapy
  • Fitness center, and other MWCC facilities available to the Veteran and their family at no cost
  • Assistance with Child Care services
  • Focus on individual capabilities to maximize potential and aid in successful community reintegration
  • Recreational skill development through various sports, activities, and projects
  • Refinement of all daily living skills in order to achieve
  • Strengthen family bonds through individual & family therapy

The NVTRC is situated on ten acres donated by Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) in Gardner, Massachusetts. There is an indoor swimming pool, jogging track, weight/exercise room, gymnasium, trout pond, and a variety of other amenities designed to prepare the residents for a life in which his or her disability will be less of a burden. These services would be both difficult and expensive to provide if not for our partnership with the College. All of these facilities are in place at MWCC and their departments of physical therapy and human services will be invaluable in providing the therapists necessary for the project. The onsite Therapy Center has a therapy pool and spa, a Wii/exercise room, a PT/Massage therapy room, a common area and a small business office. The clients are housed in separate units located on the NVTRC grounds. These housing units are approximately 1200 sq ft with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and living/dining room and are fully handicapped accessible. This arrangement will allow the clients to practice their daily living skills and provide privacy for both the Veteran and his or her family.

The Veteran is a unique type of client. These men and women have been trained to overcome adversity, to trust their leaders as well as the men and women who fight beside them. Their warrior mentality, confidence, and dedication will be powerful weapons against the depression, anxiety, and emotional turmoil that will be their constant enemy. The success that will follow will be a victory for all, as each Veteran takes pride in their accomplishments.

When you review Veteran Homestead’s experience and history of success in serving the Veteran community, the excellent educational opportunities available at Mount Wachusett Community College, what you shall see is an outstanding facility serving our nation’s heroes that cannot be matched anywhere else in the country. We also strongly believe that this program can and should be duplicated in other states. Coming from a state that has lead the way in Veteran care, this is certainly a possibility that we are more than willing to promote. Through compassion, care, and achievement, we are putting the words “support our troops” into action.

Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center is just one of six locations!  See below

The Hero Homestead

The Hero Homestead – Leominster, MA

Armistice Homestead

Armistice Homestead – Leominster, MA

The Victory Farm - New Hampshire

The Victory Farm – New Hampshire

 

 

 

 

 

Hacienda de Veteranos - Caguas, Puerto Rico

Hacienda de Veteranos – Caguas, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran Hospice Homestead - Fitchburg, MA

Veteran Hospice Homestead – Fitchburg, MA

Veteran Homestead - Benefit Wines

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