Warrior Transition?

Warriors throughout history have found it challenging to put down the sword and return to their families. Legend has it that large stone Cairns built in many parts of the world originated with a warrior ritual. Warriors leaving for battle would each choose a stone and stack them in a pile. When they returned from battle they would remove their stone. The stones remaining became a permanent tribute to the warriors lost. We have neglected ancient rituals but the desire to honor our fallen comrades and find the strength to pick up our stone and move forward remains as critical to a warrior as it always has been.

The Freedom and Honor team understands the weight each warrior carries and honors the journey.

 
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  • Workshop – SoCal Pre-Registration Now Open!

    Posted on Mar 26, 2014

    Pre-Registration Now Open to all Veterans at NO COST. Hands-On training designed by Veterans for Veterans. It is completely unlike any other program - team exercises, video presentations, and more... all designed to give you new situational awareness and help you successfully reintegrate.

  • Workshop – New York State (Ft. Drum)

    Posted on Jan 10, 2014

    **Update: Ft. Drum, June 13-15 2014** This is a HIGH value, NO cost, hands-on training. It was helped designed by Veterans for Veterans. It is completely unlike any other program - Camaraderie, team activities, individual exercises, video presentations, and more... all designed to give you new situational awareness, help you turn "off" the combat readiness switch and give you tools to come home.

  • A few words about trauma (PTS)

    Posted on Apr 16, 2014

    Trauma can be caused by a wide variety of events but there are a few common characteristics. Trauma can cause a dramatic shift in a person’s familiar ideas about the world and cause confusion or insecurity. When faced with threatening situations, (traumatic events) one common human response is to become hyper-vigilant. This critical survival skill

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  • Alumni talk about their experiences!

    Posted on Feb 15, 2014

    Check out this video to see what Alumni are saying about going through the workshop. It’s a bit long but it is worth the watch. New video coming soon!  

  • Amvets Warrior Transition Workshop – Upcoming Workshops for Veterans

    Posted on Jan 21, 2014

    At some point or another we’ve all seen someone in the military struggle with transitioning back into civilian life. This workshop was designed by veterans and for veterans to help you get through that struggle. If you expect to lay down on a comfy couch to talk about your feelings, This ISN’T the workshop for

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  • Turning off the switch… Combat Readiness.

    Posted on Nov 27, 2013

    In the military we are trained to do one thing before anything else, we are taught to be ready to do anything to complete the mission. At first most people don’t actually know what that means. As time goes by and usually during our first deployment, we realize what it really means to be ready

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  • It’s known by many names… Soldiers Heart, Combat Stress, PTSD

    Posted on Oct 11, 2013

    PTSD. Shell Shock. Battle Fatigue. Exhaustion. No matter how you phrase it, it has been experienced throughout time and been recognized as disabling. It is an unfortunate effect of any severe stress situation, however it is most commonly associated with war time engagement. Serving in battle is highly stressful. The effects devastating, and often times

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Message to Military Organizations

Studies conducted by The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research show that, among those veterans who were evaluated and determined to show signs of mental anguish, approximately 63% (283,000) struggling with reintegration issues will not seek mental health assistance due to the stigma and career consequences. In addition, it has been well documented that active duty military readiness and retention is severely impacted by these concerns. According to published studies by Colonel Charles Hoge, M.D., Director, Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, active duty troops expressed the following concerns that affect their decision to receive mental health care:

Perceived Barriers to Seeking Mental Health Services Among Soldiers and Marines
65% "I would be seen as weak."
63% "My unit leadership might treat me differently."
59% "Members of my unit might have less confidence in me."
51% "My leaders would blame me for the problem."
50% "It would harm my career."

As such, it has become critical that alternative sources of support are available.

AMVETS Warrior Transition Programs conducted by the Freedom & Honor team is a training and education provider for personnel of the U.S. military (veterans, active duty, Reserve and Guard), with a focus on those struggling with combat stress and readjustment issues resulting from one or more deployments to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and other foreign military operations. These programs were designed by training experts and combat veterans. The flagship program is a 3-day hands-on reintegration training program using paradigm shift methodologies proven effective in dealing with trauma. To date through workshops and support to Yellow Ribbon events, more than 60,000 hours of training have been provided to more than 7,000 returning veterans.

 
Upcoming Events
Workshop – New York State (Ft. Drum)
June 13 2014
**Update: Ft. Drum, June 13-15 2014** This is a HIGH value, NO cost, hands-on training. It was helped designed by Veterans for Veterans. It is completely unlike any other program - Camaraderie, team activities, individual exercises, video presentations, and more... all designed to give you new situational awareness, help you turn "off" the combat readiness switch and give you tools to come home.
Location
Oswegathchie Camp, NY, New York
Workshop – SoCal Pre-Registration Now Open!
Summer 2014
Pre-Registration Now Open to all Veterans at NO COST. Hands-On training designed by Veterans for Veterans. It is completely unlike any other program - team exercises, video presentations, and more... all designed to give you new situational awareness and help you successfully reintegrate.
Location
Southern California TBD, California

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