Healing Warriors Program is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the Elevations Credit Union Foundation. These funds will be used to provide non-narcotic therapy for Post Traumatic Stress and assist with mental health.
Healing Warriors Program provides a 6-session PTSD treatment series as well as a 6-session Sleep Improvement series. Both of these support mental health wellness goals.
“At a time when we are losing 22 service members a day to suicide, we must take quick action and provide non-narcotic care options for our veterans,” says Healing Warriors Program Executive Director and co-founder, Ana Yelen, “This grant from the Elevations Credit Union Foundation will enable care services to support our veterans.”
Healing Warriors Program is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF). These funds will be used to provide non-narcotic therapy sessions at no charge to disabled and at-risk service members who are in need of care for Post-Traumatic Stress, pain management and sleep issues.
This grant program supports Healing Warriors Program’s goal to improve quality of life of Veterans by providing non-narcotic care options for alleviating pain, reducing anxiety, managing stress and improving sleep. In addition to Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy and Healing Touch therapy, Healing Warriors Program will provide materials to support home care including guided imagery, meditation CDs and other educational resources.
“At a time when our service members are enduring the sustained impacts of pain and post-traumatic stress, and with the prevalence of narcotic usage and their ramifications, it is critically important to offer non-narcotic options of care for our veterans,” says Healing Warriors Program Executive Director and co-founder, Ana Yelen, “This grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation will enable care services to support the veteran’s journey towards restoration of quality of life.”
Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt.Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said, “Managing the stress that takes hold of so many veterans after combat is easier said than done, and that’s why the Healing Warriors Program is so important. If or when traditional therapies fail or fall short of a desired outcome, it’s essential that veterans have other options that work best for them, and we hope this grant gives more veterans that opportunity to heal.”
Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.
DVNF achieves this mission by:
Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
· Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans
Healing Warriors Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the Colorado front range and southern Wyoming providing non-narcotic therapy options for pain and Post Traumatic Stress for Service members and their families.
Formed in 2012, Healing Warriors Program has provided thousands of sessions to active duty, reserve and veteran service members and their spouses, partners, parents and adult children. Our clients regularly tell us what a difference our clinic team and services have made in their lives, from pain relief and Post Traumatic Stress relief, to restoration of hope and quality of life.
Veteran clients of Healing Warriors Program have the unique opportunity to participate in a Photography 8-week workshop program at no charge.
Beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015
1pm – 3pm
Learn 2D design and elements of design, such as: contrast, texture, line, balance, perspective, light, landscape, portraiture and body.
Each workshop member will complete in a portfolio, have their best shots mounted and participate in gallery and event exhibits of their work, including the Castaway and Cabanas Island Soiree at the Island at Water Valley on July 5th.
Participants should have email, access to the internet, a camera/phone or digital camera, and a willingness to laugh, learn and end up with a spectacular portfolio of their work! If needed, equipment can be loaned.
This workshop and exhibit are made possible by a Change Leader Community Grant from Colorado Creative Industries CCI. Register by Calling Healing Warriors Program at 970-776-VETS (8387).
Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy, Healing Touch and Massage Therapists are donating their services in gratitude to our men and women who have served in our military. We will provide free 30-minute sessions to service members and their immediate family members. Therapies offered are especially targeted for pain, Post-Traumatic Stress, sleep disorders, and more. For more information and to schedule, please call 970-776-VETS.
Who: Service Members and their families Date: Saturday, 3/14/15 Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
*Call to setup your time in advance by calling 970-776-VETS (8387), of first-come, first-served. Where: VFW Post 1
841 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
For more information and to setup an appointment, call us at 970-776-VETS (8387).
You are invited to our Healing Warriors Program Clinic Open House!
Stop by for food, drink and a tour of our new clinic offices at the Stuart Professional Park at the intersection of Lemay and Stuart Street. We are in building 4 which is the clock tower building. We’ll be toasting to our new clinic space and to Sue Walker, our extraordinary Clinic Director, who is moving to California in the next few weeks!
Visit with our team and see our shiny, new clinic offices while enjoying food, drink and good company.
For more information, please call the clinic at: 970-776-VETS (8387)
In only its second year, Healing Warriors Program is starting to turn heads in the corporate community and among veteran service organizations with an interest in helping wounded, ill or injured veterans.
The 2nd annual Healing Our Heroes gala, September 29 at the Lamar Street Center in Arvada, to benefit service members dealing with pain, post traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury, helps to offset the cost of the organization’s proven therapies acupuncture, cranial sacral and healing touch.
“What we are doing here is foundational,” said Ana Yelen, executive director of Healing Warriors. “By helping current and former service members and their families cope with the root causes of pain, they are more receptive to other critical therapies. We are assisting true healing.”
Along side antique cars and motorcycles, vintage paraphernalia from an era of soda fountains and full service gas stations, music from the Tania Katz Ensemble and the entertaining auction antics of emcee Doug Tisdale, mayor of Cherry Hills Village, the event was not short on fun, but very serious about educating more than 125 guests on the importance of the “integrative” therapies Healing Warriors Program provides.
Brian Gliba, founder of Project Wounded Egos and guest speaker for the gala, suffered multiple traumatic injuries while serving in Iraq that left him in a wheelchair for more than a year with serious thoughts of suicide. He said commonly prescribed therapies like medication and talk therapies were not working for him until he learned to manage physical pain through treatments like those provided at Healing Warriors Program and it is crucial for medical practitioners, psychiatrists, and psychologists to accept and integrate these alternative treatments.
“I wish it were mandatory for all doctors to go through an alternative treatment class as part of their protocols,” Gliba said. “I know times are changing, but still too many doctors stay away from the alternative treatments, like it is going to hurt you.”
Gliba said he found a new path through photography and teaching others, but he was fortunate that another veteran reached out to him when he was at his lowest point and he credits the intervention with saving his life. He said the process starts with veterans helping other veterans, but the professionals need to accept that maybe they don’t have all the answers.
“Not every therapy is going to help everyone,” Gliba said. “But every therapy will help someone.”
Healing Warriors Program provides Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy and Healing Touch to the Active Duty and Veteran service member community, for assistance with pain management and PTSD symptoms. The Northern Colorado Healing Warriors Program clinic is located at Spring Creek Medical Park, 2001 S. Shields St, Bld L Fort Collins, CO 80526. They are working on additional clinics in the Denver metro area.
Recently our executive director and co-founder, Ana Pallés Yelen visited a hospice cohort team operating under We Honor Our Veterans Program to discuss the mission of Healing Warriors Program.
She thanked the hospice team for their hard work and dedication to our service members and echoed the sentiments from Optum Health Care Chaplain Dale Eudy that they are very likely the last to thank our service members for their service.
The following summarizes her presentation:
We collect data pre- and post treatment, which we use as part of the client record and fold into the treatment plan – we want to provide care that is most effective for the client. Our practitioner team works a multi-prong approach and will shift if they find that they aren’t achieving optimum results with a particular strategy. This has been very successful for some of our most compromised clients. We have clients who are extremely acute and we work closely with their doctors, many of whom send them to our clinic to support their therapy. We are integrative in our care strategy not alternative.
We include the Service Member’s Partners, Parents, Siblings and Children over 18 in our entitlement of service. We do this because we know that we can exponentially assist the Service Member if we also assist their immediate family. And military service often runs in families. While working with older veterans, there may be other service members in the extended family who would be entitled to services based on their own military service and for whom this would be very helpful.
Quality of life is critical. We provide education and training for self-care and are working on some internship programs for wellness lifestyle. Our primary goal is to ratchet down the pain and the post traumatic stress symptoms – usually anxiety and sleep issues. Once we get that out of the way, we work with our clients on self-help so that they can restore their sense of self-empowerment over how they feel day to day. For our service members, who tend to be so self-sufficient, service-oriented and accomplished, discovering their path back to who they are is key. HWP simply offers a way to make their individual path more visible by alleviating the obstacle and “noise” of pain and PTS.
We are excited to announce that The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen team in downtown Fort Collins has chosen Healing Warriors Program as one of their benefit charities for their Grand Opening festivities! On Thursday, June 26th, come out for your chance to win great prizes and indulge in some delicious food & beverages! The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen features classic comfort foods and an environment reminiscent of hunting, fishing and ski lodges. The Lodge also serves up exceptional cocktails and a selection of draft beers to complement the menu. With fabulous food, drinks, grand opening prizes, and the opportunity to support your very own Healing Warriors Program clinic, it’s a wonderful time to come out and celebrate summer! Join us on Thursday, June 26th from 6-10pm!
We had a good time at Rollin’ with the Troops last weekend in Lakewood. Sadly, the weather turned ugly early and that limited the number of visitors who stayed for the whole event, but we are happy for all the work Dani and Brad Hammond did to help benefit Healing Warriors Program.
The Hammonds started Rollin’ With the Troops three years ago, even before Healing Warriors Program was founded. They wanted to do something to recognize the hard work and sacrifices of our service members, and to benefit veterans with “invisible wounds” at the same time.
“Our main focus is to advocate for invisible wounds, because that is where our hardest issues lie and that is where our heart lies,” Dani said.
“We have found the guys with invisible wounds don’t get nearly as much attention as they need,” she said.
Dani, whose husband Brad was an infantry soldier deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, said they also advocate for the caregiver taking care of these veterans. It’s the couple’s desire to help the caregiver that allowed Healing Warriors Program to benefit from this fun and educational annual event for the second year.
Dani and Brad also share our goals and desires to open a new clinic in the Lakewood area and that’s why they will continue to be friends to Healing Warriors Program.
“We are working with Healing Warriors Program because we are trying to help them get a new clinic in Lakewood,” Dani said. “We think it is a gateway to the Bailey-Conifer area and the Springs where many of the veterans are hanging out.”
We also want to thank Mile-High Traffic Control, Tokyo Joes, all the pinup gils and other sponsors for their help with the event.
Next week, Healing Warriors Program is back up in Fort Collins at The Lodge – Sasquatch Kitchen Grand Opening Event. Join us at your favorite new watering hole and have a chance to win prizes, food, & beverages. A portion of proceeds from this event benefits Healing Warriors Program.