The News Virginian August 25, 2018 www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/local/waynesboro-vet-s-nonprofit-earns-grant-to-help-fellow-warriors/article_8a70cf9a-a8b7-11e8-bbda-03895679dd17.html By REBECCA J. BARNABI firstname.lastname@example.org | (540) 932-3568 WAYNESBORO — Capt. Sean Gobin was in the U.S. Marines until 2012. After two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, Gobin said he hiked all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail to get the troubling experiences he had on the battlefield out of his system. “And it ended up being an incredibly therapeutic and cathartic experience,” Gobin, who lives in Waynesboro, said. The following year, Gobin founded Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit with a mission to get struggling war veterans in touch with the great outdoors. Now Gobin's nonprofit organization has received a $20,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. According to Gobin, combat veteran Earl Shaffer told a friend in 1948 he was going to “walk off the war,” and four months later
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation has announced that it will award $457,182 to 23 organizations as part of its spring session of Capacity Building grants. Capacity Building Grants are DVNF’s way of touching the lives of veterans through organizational partners throughout the country. These partners address critical needs of veterans in their respective communities including Whether through addressing the needs of homeless veterans with housing and shelter or providing programs and services to treat PTSD, or anything in between, these 23 organizations were selected because of the impact of the work they do for veterans. “Each one of these organizations helps to tackle challenges faced by our veterans, and none of them do it the same way,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj. Ret.). “We would like to congratulate and thank each one of these organizations for their commitment
Our Vision Every veteran has made sacrifices, and so many continue to face unimaginable difficulty for years after their service ends. DVNF works to meet their needs in unique ways, and our vision for the future is to provide hope for our heroes. Every veteran who is working to overcome mental and emotional challenges must do so in their own way. Some cope with this through outdoor recreation, some find peace through art or working with their hands, and others just need a community to share their experiences with. That's why DVNF's programs are unique, and that we work to enhance programs in veterans' communities throughout the country. We also work to meet the needs of our homeless and low-income veterans who are struggling to make ends meet, or need gainful employment. See why our work is so important, and where
DVNF's Health & Comfort program provides veterans with vital necessities, like clothing, personal care items, and health and hygiene supplies, but it also provides something else - hope. Maurice told us that he served in Vietnam, "deep in the jungle," as he said, from 1969-1970. It's truly unbelievable the amount of hell one person can experience in just 13 short months. Maurice's voice begins to fade a bit as he confesses that this single year of his life has impacted him since then. "I'm still trying to find my way back home." This quote is a brutal reality, and the horrors of war our men and women face aren't limited to their combat experience. The trauma they face often lasts for years, just like Maurice. PTSD affects the mind, body and spirit of veterans, and can be so difficult to
"We served, but right now, you're helping us." DVNF's Resource Fair hosted veterans in the DC Metro region, giving them a chance to come see all the services that are available to them in the area from government agencies and nonprofits. But to many, it meant more than just seeing what's out there. For some, this was an opportunity to experience a warmth and welcoming they haven't felt in a long time. For others, this was a chance to meet new people who have had similar experiences and understand their pain. Watch this powerful video, and see why it's so important to reach out and help our veterans.
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