San Diego, CA, March 15, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On April 1, 2013, the first squad of 12 recently separated young combat veterans will embark on a 45-day journey with Veterans 360. This support program of engagement, education, employment and healing will help veterans develop the professional and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in civilian life with a focus on peer support and team mentorship.
The 45-day program will include accommodation, transportation, an educational refresher course, employment connections and more. It will take part in two phases and be lead by local educators, employers and healing partners. The first phase will expose these young veterans to basic education in certain civilian skills and will be done in a classroom setting or on the job. Phase two is more advanced. Veterans 360 will provide those in the program with the skills necessary in a vocational training environment for a specific position with a specific employer.
A holistic healing approach will be presented to address all the facets of entry into civilian life. Student veterans will be introduced to numerous therapeutic modalities such as a buddy system, mentorship, horticultural, equine, yoga, positive reinforcement, surfing, acupuncture, meditation, hypnosis, sailing and team events. Veterans 360 will also provide mentorship programs, civilian life skills education and family and PTS therapy.
The selection process is competitive. All 12 participants completed an online application, and were interviewed and evaluated by the Veterans 360 board of directors.
“Military service is very structured, and upon separation, without work or family, that structure often slips away,” Rick Collins, founder and executive director of Veterans 360 said. “Whether service work, class-work or therapeutic activities, we will engage our squad members during their time with us. We will provide our veterans with a reason to get out of bed, clear scheduling so they can plan with a sense of purpose and personal empowerment upon completion.”
If you want to sponsor a squad member, or a specific line item such as accommodation, transportation or education, call the office at 858-461-4946. Go to http://www.vets360.org to learn more about Veterans 360 and how you can get involved as a sponsor with the 12 for 12 program.