We are excited to announce the Healing Warriors Program Free Monthly Pop Up Clinic in Longmont, Colorado in partnership with the Longs Peak VFW Post 2601.
Healing Warriors Program is a 501c3 nonprofit clinic providing non-narcotic care therapy for Pain and Post Traumatic Stress and is a registered VA vendor with Cheyenne and Denver VA. We are excited to partner with Longs Peak VFW Post 2601 which is working on expanding veteran services programs in the Longmont area.
The Longmont Free clinic will be open on the 3rd Saturday of the month and is held at the Longmont National Guard Armory Alpha Battery, 3rd of the 157th Field Artillery located at 1512 N. Main St., Longmont, CO 80501.
Clinic hours are 9 am to 1 pm. First come, first served. Treatments include Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy and Healing Touch therapy. Treatments are 30 minutes per treatment session. Service members may experience more than one type of treatment, time permitting.
We serve ALL service members of any era, any branch of service, and their spouse/partner/parent.
Please bring Proof of Military Service; a DD214 or military identification.
If you would like more information, please call the Healing Warriors Program Clinic at (970) 776- VETS (8387)
The Healing Warriors Program Colorado Springs free Monthly Pop-Up clinic providing non-narcotic therapy for Pain and Post Traumatic Stress is on the 4th Saturday of the month. The free clinic is open to all service members and their spouse/partner and parent (please bring proof of military service, i.e. DD214)
Therapy Services Offered:
Healing Touch Therapy
Time: 9am - 1pm
When: 4th Saturday of the month --
American Legion Post 209
3613 Jeannine Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Refreshments will be provided.
Please bring proof of service, i.e. Military I.D. or DD214.
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 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.
Ever since the 2009 Army Surgeon General’s Pain Task Force Overview, Findings, & Recommendations outlining a multi-disciplinary, multi-modal approach to pain management, the push has been building towards establishing integrative care units at area Veterans Administration medical centers. Integrative care is the melding of traditional western medicine with complementary care modalities such as Acupuncture, Healing Touch and more, coupled with education and training for self-care.
In a move to lower the use of opioid medication in the treatment of pain by blending complementary care modalities, education and new medical approaches, the VA launched the Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI), in Minneapolis, October of 2013. This comprehensive treatment initiative, designed to improve the quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of Veterans suffering from chronic pain, is showing results.
Take a look at slide 15 in their Pain Task Force Overview and Findings slide deck and note some of the therapies shown. You will recognize some of these therapies as those offered at Healing Warriors Program clinic. Healing Warriors Program provides complementary care therapies for our service members and their families, working in collaboration with the individual’s medical provider.
As a registered VA vendor, some of Healing Warriors Program’s clients are working through a treatment plan approved through their VA therapist. Each day we see the benefits of combining the complementary care therapies with the standard treatment models. The evidence is building that this combined approach is effective and supportive of an individual’s long term wellness goals.
The announcement last month of the early results of the OSI initiative, a multi-faceted approach to pain management, is very positive and includes a reduction in the use of medications. We are excited about this new direction towards more patient-centered care and improving quality of life for our service members.
Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Presented by Bonnie Thompson
When: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Fort Collins Vet Center
702 W. Drake Road,
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Learn to use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, to relieve pain, anxiety, PTSD symptoms and more. Open to Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and their family members at no charge.
EFT is an easy to use, effective self care tool that helps relieve pain, stress, and anxiety. It involves tapping on acupuncture points on the head and body and is easy to learn and do on your own.
In this interactive presentation, Bonnie Thompson will provide information about EFT and teach you how to do it. Please join us to learn and practice the basics of EFT in a supportive group environment.
The following is from the Psychology Today website:
One of the most passionate advocates of EFT is Ken Self of Boston, a veteran of 11 years in the Marine Corps who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and two more tours in Iraq. He had three issues that were crippling him emotionally, including being forced to shoot a child. “That came back to me night after night for years,” he told me recently. Before he started the therapy, he rated his anxiety levels as 8 on a scale of 10, but after tapping them out, they were reduced to 0, he said. “After tapping, you still have the emotion, but it doesn’t own you,” he said. “It’s not overwhelming. It’s just a memory.”
For more information on EFT, visit the Veterans’ Stress Project at www.stressproject.org.
Click here to read a recent letter Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan wrote to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs about using EFT for veterans with PTSD.
About Bonnie Thompson
Bonnie Thompson is passionate about sharing tools for self care that are easy to learn and use. She has used EFT personally and with clients for over seven years. Bonnie is a certified practitioner of Healing Touch and Body Code/Emotion Code. She serves clients in the Northern Colorado area at her Fort Collins office.
For questions or more information about this event or Healing Warriors Program services contact Sue Walker at 970-776-VETS(8387) or email@example.com.
Beginning in January 2014, Healing Warriors Program will offer monthly self help classes for service members and their families. One of the self care training sessions we are offering is on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping. Over the years, we have seen a number of people find relief and real healing by learning how to do this simple technique. We invite you to sign up for our newsletter or check our website often to find out about our upcoming programs.
Instructors are donating their time in gratitude to our Service members so the classes are offered at no charge.