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Guest Blog: Finding Restoration and Hope

The Healing Warriors Program team understands that managing pain, and the anxiety of Post Traumatic Stress, is critical for restoration of quality of life. For this reason, we work in partnership with the veteran’s medical team to provide an integrative approach to healing, one that includes restoration, wellness and hope. (more…)

Guest Blog: 3 Beneficial Activities for PTSD

Life with PTSD can be tricky. You have to learn to cope with the symptoms and learn new tactics for feeling better. While treatment is a very important part of living with PTSD, there are a few things you can do to improve your quality of life at home such as form a routine. Every human being does better if they cultivate a routine to follow. This is especially true for those with mental illness. The orderly existence prevents triggers for a number of disorders, including PTSD. So, if you have PTSD, you may want to consider a few of these activities to work into your daily schedule. (more…)

Impact Report – DVNF & HERL

DVNF grant funding to the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) has helped veterans in many ways. Whether it’s through job training for veterans in a high-demand manufacturing field, or developing new technologies to support disabled veterans, a difference is truly being made through this partnership. (more…)

September is Suicide Prevention Month – Spread the Word!

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Data has revealed that on average, approximately 22 veterans a day commit suicide. It’s a national crisis, and one that we need to do more to fight. Some research has shown that the military and veteran suicide rate is 50 percent higher than that of civilians, which is as sad as it is alarming. But there is something I can do, and there is something you can do to help save the lives of these veterans. (more…)

It’s Not Just About the Fishing

  Photo: Ed Kashi Plans do not always work out. For some Veterans this deviation from the plan is often the result of an unforecasted, traumatic event that leaves many wondering, “What am I going to do now?” The Veterans that make their way to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs find that the multifaceted nature of fly fishing helps in answering that question. (more…)

DVNF’s Impact in 2015

In 2015, DVNF was able to positively affect thousands of veterans through our programs. How much of an impact? Take a look… (more…)

Guest Blog: Tips for Veterans to Become Entrepreneurs

  Contributed by: Amy Ridgway Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program Traditionally, the first step an entrepreneur would take is to conduct extensive research and build a concrete business plan complete with all the details of running a business. Although this method teaches a comprehensive way to help entrepreneurs envision issues and a concrete method for developing the business plan for investors, the fact remains that at least 9 out of 10 startups will fail. (more…)

Guest Blog: Supporting Veterans with Mental Health Issues

Contributor: Helios Warriors, Marsha Bennett, Executive Director & Gulf War Veteran The statistics concerning veterans with mental health issues are startling. According to the National Center for PTSD, between 11 and 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress and nearly 20% of soldiers involved in these wars have experienced a traumatic brain injury. These issues are certainly not new to those who have served in the armed forces. Veterans from every conflict throughout history have suffered from symptoms ranging from sleep disturbances, apathy, exaggerated startle response and personality changes to extreme anger and suicidal thoughts. An alarming 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to a 2011 VA statistic. (more…)

Signs of PTSD and What to Do Next

“Stay busy, stay focused on what’s up ahead. Keep going. No matter what, don’t think. Don’t talk about it. Can’t sleep. Brain is a spinning top that turns and jumps, try to quiet it and the invisible hand hits the reset button, round and round we go again. Drink. Drugs. Anything to numb it out. Can’t deal with your BS right now. Avoid That! No point going there. No, pull back. Push those guys away. Nobody needs me in their lives, I’m too messed up. The world is better off without me. I can’t turn my brain off. Can’t sleep. Avoid. Push them away…” (more…)

A Long Road Back to Normal

The following is a conversation that took place with a homeless veteran we met at a stand down event last year. His true account goes to show just how long the road back to normal can be for too many veterans. “The government needs to do more to help homeless vets. I should know. I was one of them.” (more…)