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Formed in 2006-2007, the organization is a peace based organization for
members of the military who have served in the war, we are focusing on the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts, however, this foundation is to help all war veterans . We
believe the best way to support our troops is to bring them home now and take care of them when they get here.
For Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans
The step after this is training for different functions. Work that Veterans did before is not
normal anymore. That will have to change. New skills must be acquired as Veteran’s re-
adjust. Everybody seems to be very eager to complete this change and become
completely functional again. But the core of this is this love that you can see, love that you
can feel, and love that you can touch.
Other classes will be offered to the Veterans at no charge to discover their skills: what they
have become, what they will become, what they are today. But before they left for the war,
they left as one person and came back another. They need to find that other person in
order to function again, so it will be part of all the series of education, wellness, therapy,
workshops, step by step to work out through PTSD - through the suffering, through the
trauma - others will be done hand on hand, between all of us.
The center will be open to all the Veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan to start
with. Most of the teachers will be here to support them and help them out will also be
veterans. In other words, it will be Veterans working with Veterans. There will be some
programs for Vietnam Veterans, but that will have to be decided as to how that will
function. This is now open to all the veterans coming back from the Middle East.
The center will function in such a way that the core of the organization will be totally
voluntary. The volunteering will be done mainly by the Veterans themselves. To have the
center to feel like home, they will have to build it. In other words, not to build stone by
stone buildings, but to build it with their spirit, with their goal, with what they want to see
come out of this project. It will be their project.
We will start it with a board of Veterans who very much want to help others and
themselves and their families in this process. They are very highly motivated. I have met
them. The support is coming from across the country right now because I’ve been
speaking of the project nationally. It’s a good time to show everyone in this country how
serious this is. Our streets are already filled with homeless (percent?) Veterans from
Vietnam and this is not acceptable.
We need to do something. We are their family. We are responsible for them and we
need recognize this and do something about it right now. Each community in this country
should be able to donate time and money to help them rebuild their lives.
We accepted this war. It’s time to bring closure to it as best we can or we know the rest.
So let’s do it. These Veterans will decide after speaking in depth with Veteran’s in need
how long and what sort of support, care, rehabilitation that this person will need.
This will be based on many things from being able to work or not, the degree of trauma
and suffering, the severity of injuries and ability to function as a civilian, i.e. can this
Veteran normally sit a restaurant table without having a flashback or physical pain? This
type of discovery will enable us to determine the length of time each Veteran will stay.
Our program will offer from probably a few weeks where the Veteran can go through
therapy and a self confidence program to bringing back the self esteem. If the Veteran
needs an extended stay, then he/she will share in the task to build the center and stay as
long as needed.
We will be there for them. We are not going to turn them out on the street, if they can’t
function. With job training and therapy, they will be able to better help themselves and
their families. They will be closer to becoming the person they want to be and regain their
place as a family member.
We will have some very basic living arrangements for them. When I say basic, I mean it
won’t be as strict as a monastery or not as deluxe as a three star hotel, but somewhere in
between. We will provide just what people need to go about their day. In other words, the
lodging will be comprised of a bed, a couple of drawers; a desk maybe, of course showers
– but just the basics. We don’t want it to be too comfortable so that people think they are
home forever. The program will be designed to have them work out their own challenges
and by doing this we will remind them that this is a halfway house; it is one step for them to
collect their soul, get their life together. The next step is something else.
I hope we will have enough room for the families and I think within certain limitations, we
should have places for families. I see a condo style arrangement, but then again, we will
have to have few and then we will grow from there into something that will function very
well. I think it is important that we have a center that is totally self-sustained by the
veterans themselves, from the water that we are going to use, to the food that we are
going to eat, to the building that we are going to live in. Those buildings should be built
partly anyway by them. And this is why this project is going to be their project.
I have chosen domes because of energy savings, efficiency and sturdiness. The domes
are built with kits. The pieces are triangular and are very easy to build. We need
muscles and a crane to build our domes. That is all we need! The rest will come
together. We will have people who come from all walks of life, so it will be an excellent
time to put their skills to work for the center. These particular domes are amazing
because they are fireproof and earthquake proof. After Hurricane Andrew, one of the
domes were gone, but the dome remained. I don’t think it is going to float, but the rest of
it is just amazing. The “A-Dome”, as they are called in Alaska, can be entirely heated with
one fireplace. There is a dome in Twenty-Nine Palms in the California high desert that
can be entirely cooled with one fan or swamp cooler.
Solar and Wind Power
We need to have solar power and/or wind power, even water power if available. We need
to be totally self-sustained and ecologically correct. We need to have regular electricity
as a back-up only and to use water from the city as a back-up only. We need to function
with the earth again, completely from the roots. Growing our own food and living with
harmony with the earth. Many people have never been introduced to the earth. So this
is the start, really. The beginning of it all is connection between the earth and spirit.
For electricity, some of the triangles can be replaced by windows and there is filtered light
through every part of the house. So, it’s the best thing there is. The domes can be very
large or small. The price is very affordable. You can build a large 4,000 sq feet dome that
would cost close to $40,000. I have the information – not sure if it is precise anymore, but
I have all of that on hand.
We will have an arts and crafts workshop and there may be Veterans who like to weave
baskets and create various crafts. The art created by Veterans could be put into an art
shop, put on consignment, or sold in a gift shop at the center to provide funding to run the
center and/or pocket money for the veterans themselves. Some have lost everything and
they will need help to regain their self- esteem.
On weekends, we can sell crops – the extras to the farmers markets. We can make
clothing, we can tie die, build chairs, etc. We will come up with ideas along the way. We
can sell eggs, chickens, flowers, fruit, host events, concerts, and even a small restaurant.
The opportunities are wide open. There are many, many possibilities.
I have been speaking since my son’s death across the country. I always bring to the
audiences the fact of caring for each other and caring for the veterans, and when I say
this I am focusing on the mothers.
The first view I have is of rows of vegetables and people planting them.
It’s very quiet. There is a peaceful feel to it. We can see orchards and a pond, water where
wildlife is close and fish are kept. There is a meadow where I can see goats and sheep. On
the side there is a quite large chicken coop. I can see people attending to that giving food
to the chicken in fact.
People are going to that place are at peace. Everything is peaceful. The buildings are
profiled a little farther out. They look a little different than what you are used to seeing.
There are domes and I walk inside the tallest, largest dome. This likes like a commune
living area where people can gather together and drink coffee, tea, speak, read just relax if
they want to be close together.
I can see some smaller domes where there are computers. Some people are just plain
writing, others are meditating. There is a peaceful room at the end of the hallway. You
could describe it as a chapel, but it is not. It’s a peace room. This is where anyone can be
and focus on their own inner peace, their goal. No one fights. You can actually touch
Across the park there will be some ponds surrounded by greenery. People are walking on
the flower bed and I realize that they are all veterans. They have decided to join the center
and will stay for some time. A few of them will live there permanently.
Farther out, there is a building by itself that is like a classroom, but much larger. This is
where workshops and therapy sessions will be held. I see quite a lot of people around. I
can see men, women, and children. I can hear them laugh. It is a peaceful place.
A little farther out, there is another field where you can see animals, like ponies and
horses. Everything is very green and we can see very far out. There are some woods.
There are people walking around. Some are growing the grass; others are picking the fruit
trees. There is a little lake where water is taken for the center, from irrigation to potable
Another place on the right side there are people working with a crane and erecting another
building, another dome. This one is quite large with four floors and a garage underneath.
Next to it are smaller buildings as well. There is lodging for people coming in.
The center has to be larger. Some of the families will be living here because they have no
where else to go anymore. It’s life being renewed. The school has been changed.
The workshops are different now. Everyone understands the other. People who used to
be medics are now planting vegetables and caring for rose bushes. Another person who
was a construction worker now cares for horses.
There is a separate building that will be called the Wellness Building. We will not provide
medical care of any kind, but we’re going to have a staff on call and an MD and a nurse,
but for first aide. All the care that will be given to the Veterans will be palliative care,
therapy care, monitoring, and care. That’s what we have to have and that’s what we will
offer to build self confidence, self power, understanding and renewed growth.
Everyone here cares for the next person, carrying his universal.
People have to relearn that and that is what we are doing here. From working, to thinking;
being able to live within the peace, project peace and pass it on; and teach peace once we