Waynesboro vet’s nonprofit earns grant to help fellow warriors

The News Virginian August 25, 2018 By REBECCA J. BARNABI | (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

By the warrior community, for the warrior community

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Warriors at Ease Disabled veterans as well as ill, injured or wounded service members are finding health and healing through yoga and meditation. Thanks to our worldwide network of over 800 yoga and meditation teachers and partners such at the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), Warriors at Ease is sharing evidence-based, trauma-sensitive mind-body practices with over 16,000 service members, veterans, and their families in the U.S. and abroad annually. Yoga and meditation can serve as an effective approach to addressing the wounds of war and Military Sexual Trauma, healing service-connected injuries, and supporting the overall well-being of active duty service members and veterans. Scientific research shows that these practices can offer relief from symptoms of PTSD, TBI, and Moral Injury, as well as reduce chronic pain, improve sleep quality, improve stress management, enhance resiliency, increase mental focus, improve interpersonal communication

Tackling Health and Wellness for Veterans

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Implementing Health and Wellness to combat the ongoing battles in mental health for our troops At Augusta Warrior Project, we pride ourselves in our abilities to connect local veterans with the services needed. This includes VA benefits, education, employment and housing assistance, and using our networks to remain dynamic for any needed assistance for those veterans right here in our community. One area we would like to expand is a health and wellness program that will facilitate positive lifestyles veterans can use to enrich their daily lives and hopefully prove to be a solution to the ever-growing depression and suicide rates within the veteran community. Everyone should be made aware of the mental health needs of the veteran population. Being in the military comes with great pride, it takes someone out of what may be perceived as an insignificant existence

Meditation and Veterans

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By James Pond, US Marine Corps Veteran Executive Director, Veteran’s PATH The mission statement at Veteran’s PATH is that we “enable returning veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation, and a safe community. Through practical tools of meditation and mindfulness, physical and outdoor experiences, and a community of camaraderie, veterans rediscover peace, acceptance, transformation, and honor in a new journey forward.” The question that often arises for many is – what is mediation and mindfulness? John Kabat Zinn had an iconic answer stating, “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” For me, a simpler explanation is that mindfulness is “knowing what is happening while it’s happening.” So many of us, particularly veterans, live our lives on ‘autopilot’ without the ability to be in the moment and

American Indian Veterans Supported by Veterans Center

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The Rocky Boy Veterans Center plays a vital role in the lives of American Indian Veterans on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation as the only Veteran service provider on the reservation. The Veteran population consists of a range of age groups of Veterans who have served during the Korean War to OEF/OIF Veterans as well during periods of Peacetime and Service Members who continue to serve the Nation today. The goals of the Rocky Boy Veterans Center are to ensure Rocky Boy Veterans and Service Members receive the care and benefits they have earned through their service to this country and the Chippewa-Cree people; and to advance and develop the Rocky Boy Veteran community, ultimately furthering the advancement of the ChippewaCree people. Rocky Boy, Montana is located in the heart of the Bears Paw Mountains. Because it is a highly