San Francisco, CA, March 21, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Coming Home Project today announced a special retreat for Student Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that will take place March 28 to 31 near Yosemite National Park. Attending the retreat will be women and men veterans from around the USA. The Coming Home Project is a nationally recognized program that offers free, confidential group support and stress management retreats for veterans and families and their professional service providers.
Headed up by Dr. Joseph Bobrow, a psychologist and zen teacher, the retreat will include a multidisciplinary support team of previous war veterans, psychotherapists and interfaith leaders who help facilitate peer-driven support groups in which veterans can share stories and experiences.
According to Dr. Bobrow, “We put this special program together because we know that student veterans face a unique set of challenges. The headlines in the news today demonstrate the need to reduce isolation, connect with self and with peers, and learn stress management tools that assist veterans to re-integrate effectively back into civilian life. We offer our programs in beautiful settings with the goals of veterans coming together, sharing struggles and making breakthroughs in an atmosphere of mutual support, safety and trust. Our programs achieve these goals.”
Other transformative elements of the March retreat include – learning new skills such as mindfulness and yoga for reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing well-being; improving communications; expressing what cannot be spoken through arts such as journaling and drawing; enjoying invigorating outdoor recreational activities in a scenic, peaceful setting; and transforming the unseen injuries of war.
According to Bob Rodriguez, one of the veterans who participated in a Coming Home Project retreat, “When I returned from my tour in Iraq, I was in my own little world of distrust, anger, and sadness. I didn't know how to come back from war and become a part of my family again. My relationship with my wife was strained not only by money and health concerns, but by how I had changed. The Coming Home Project brought us back from the edge. The retreat we attended helped my wife...sort of know the 'new me'. During family holidays, I am reminded even more of how lucky I am that Coming Home Project helped me reconnect with my wife and kids.”
Said Angel Harris, another Coming Home Project veteran participant, "When I returned home from my tour in Afghanistan I isolated myself and my son for over 6 years. I was exhausted from pretending to be normal. My PTSD went undiagnosed because I could not ask for help. It was after returning from my first Coming Home Project retreat that I realized I was not alone. The extended weekend had been therapeutic without being therapy for me and my son. It was with CHP's support and the support of the other veterans and their families that I could finally reach out and ask for help."
About The Coming Home Project
The Coming Home™ Project is a non-profit organization devoted, since 2006, to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers. We are an experienced team of psychotherapists, veterans and interfaith leaders committed to alleviating the unseen wounds of war. Our nationally recognized, evidence-based programs address the emotional, social, moral, and spiritual injuries and the family challenges experienced during all stages of deployment, especially reintegration. The free programs to support and assist veterans are supported by individual donations and organizations. Learn more at www.cominghomeproject.net.
Dr. Joseph Bobrow