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Patriot Application

Becoming a Patriot at Valor Farm is a straight-forward process that begins with referral by the veteran themself, a family member or friend, or a trusted partner such as a Veterans support organization, the VA or state Veteran services agency, a church, or a campus guidance counsellor. Upon referral, a member of the Valor Farm Client Care Council (CCC) will contact the veteran or referrer within 24 hours to conduct an initial telephone interview and initiate the application process. Upon receipt of the application, the CCC conducts a screening, including a background check, records review, and an interview.

Residential Program

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The NCHV Patriot Curriculum centers on holistic veteran health through four foundational values: dignified work, community living, technical training, and a wellness culture that guides the Veteran, or Patriot, on their journey to health. Within the  Curriculum, Patriots create their own Personal Development Plan to improve their comprehensive fitness, develop or improve life skills and prepare for transition to a civilian career. In addition to fostering deep emotional growth, the Curriculum provides opportunity for reconciliation – with faith, family, and friends – that is essential to lasting recovery.

 

The journey for resident Patriots begins with an onboarding period that includes familiarization with Valor Farm, its work, living, and recreational areas; an individual assessment; and creation of the holistic Personal Development Plan. The onboarding period is followed by three trimesters focusing on Resilience (Trimester 1), Trauma Recovery (Trimester 2), and Reentry (Trimester 3). The program ends with a transition preparation period during which the Patriots learn how to maintain balance in their new environments and the support available to them as NCHV graduates. They also conduct an outbound assessment of the outcome of their Personal Development Plan and receive assistance transitioning to new employment and living arrangements.

 

The daily routine at Valor Farm in Altavista, Virginia, centers on a predictable and peaceful rhythm of work, play, learning, and healing that includes inspirational devotions and physical training, farm, ranch, and construction work, classes, counseling, Bible study, personal development, and camaraderie. Success includes physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational wellness as evaluated by best-practice assessment tools, staff and mentor observation, and ongoing self-assessment. 

The NCHV centers on the Patriot Curriculum and its four foundational values: dignified work, community living, technical training, and a wellness culture that guides the Veteran, or Patriot, on their journey to health. Within the  Curriculum, Patriots create their own Personal Development Plan to improve their comprehensive fitness, develop or improve life skills and prepare for transition to a civilian career. In addition to fostering deep emotional growth, the Curriculum provides opportunity for reconciliation – with faith, family, and friends – that is essential to lasting recovery.

 

The journey for resident Patriots begins with an onboarding period that includes familiarization with the farm, its work, living, and recreational areas, an individual assessment, and creation of the holistic Personal Development Plan. The onboarding period is followed by three trimesters focusing on Resilience (Trimester 1), Trauma Recovery (Trimester 2), and Reentry (Trimester 3). The program ends with a transition preparation period during which the Patriots learn how to maintain balance in their new environments and the support available to them as graduates. They also conduct an outbound assessment of the outcome of their Personal Development Plan and receive assistance transitioning to new employment and living arrangements.

 

The daily routine at Valor Farm in Altavista, Virginia, centers on a predictable and peaceful rhythm of work, play, learning, and healing that includes inspirational devotions and physical training, farm, ranch, and construction work, classes, counseling, Bible study, personal development, and camaraderie. Success includes physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational wellness as evaluated by best-practice assessment tools, staff and mentor observation, and ongoing self-assessment. 

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Our Innovative Program

The National Center for Healthy Veterans takes a faith-based, holistic approach to “Returning Healthy Veterans to America” in the natural healing environment of Valor Farm. Our Patriots live and perform dignified work in community while participating in resilience, trauma recovery, and career preparation programs. We employ a variety of experiential and technology-based programs that support the  Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Emotional, and Relational healing for America’s Veterans and their families.

Nine Month Residential Program

The nine month residential program at NCHV is a golden opportunity to “get unstuck,” to move past trauma and transition challenges into a lifetime of personal and professional contribution and success.  After a significant week of orientation and assessment, Valor Farm “Patriots” move through three 12 week “trimesters” which sequentially focus on resilience, trauma recovery, and career preparation. Concurrently Patriots take electives based on personal needs and interests — ranging across equine therapy, financial literacy, family relationships, topical Bible studies, nutrition, sleep management, pain management, and many others.  Assisted by mentors, each Patriot constructs a Personal Development Plan which tracks individual goals and progress.  The desired outcomes from the community living, dignified work, technical training, and overall wellness culture include successful professional transition, healthy work-life balance, wholesome family relationships, expanded inner resources including a relevant faith, positive contribution to society, and service as a mentor to others.  The NCHV will continue to be a resource and encouragement to our Patriot graduates.

During their time at Valor Farm, Patriots live in individual tiny homes (or a larger family tiny home) within a Patriot Community Village.  Each village consists of 20 tiny homes and a Village Community Center where Patriots cook and share meals, enjoy fitness and recreational activities, participate in classes and special events, and grow stronger together.  As well, Patriots together engage in meaningful work on the farm (or in the local community) which is aligned with their interests and capabilities. Nine 

NCHV Residential Curriculum (36 Weeks)

Health and Welfare
House Warming
PMSER Assessments
Orientations
Program
• Work
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Preparing for the Storms of Life
Weathering the Storms
Bouncing Back
Navigating Adversity

 

REBOOT Trauma Recovery
Recovering from Personal Trauma
Restoration of Identity in Christ


Career Preparation
Job Search Skills
Resume Preparation
Interview and Communications Training
Potential Internship
Transition Preparation

Final Transition Planning
Job
• Family
• Finances
PMSER Assessments
Admin Outprocessing
GRADUATION

• Employment, Internship, or Additional Training Opportunity
• Periodic Pulse Checks from NCHV
• Continued Data Collection
• Alumni Community
• Refresher Opportunities
• Giving Back

Health and Welfare
House Warming
PMSER Assessments
Orientations
Program
• Work
Admin In processing

Preparing for the Storms of Life
Weathering the Storms
Bouncing Back
Navigating Adversity

REBOOT Trauma Recovery
Recovering from Personal Trauma
Restoration of Identity in Christ

Transition Preparation
Career Preparation

Final Transition Planning
Job
• Family
• Finances
PMSER Assessments
Admin Outprocessing
GRADUATION

• Employment, Internship, or Additional Training Opportunity
• Periodic Pulse Checks from NCHV
• Continued Data Collection
• Alumni Community
• Refresher Opportunities
• Giving Back

Patriot Application

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Do you or a Veteran you know need help? 
Please call us or contact us through the form below. Our Patriot Program team will contact you within 24 hours.

                    If this is a medical emergency, please call 911, or for 24 hour crisis support, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 and press 1.

Patriot Acceptance Process Overview

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NCHV is now accepting applications for Patriots in our nine month residential program. We encourage you to identify Veterans who would benefit from our program.  The process begins with referral from a trusted private or government entity, followed by an application (including background checks) which the NCHV Client Care Council reviews to determine whether to accept the Veteran into our program or refer them to an organization better suited to meet their needs.  Currently, we do not accept Veterans with active addictions.

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In the last stage of the program Patriots learn about post graduation support and how to maintain balance in their new environments. They also conduct an outbound assessment of the outcome of their PDP and receive assistance transitioning to new employment and living arrangements.

Key Activities or Objectives:

  • Outbound Assessments
  • Graduate Support Programs
  • Graduation

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NCHV partners with the best in industry and the best educators to help veterans develop the skills they need to transition successfully to civilian employment at ZERO cost to them.

Key Activities or Objectives:

  • Transition Preparation
  • Career Preparation

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A nationally renowned, faith-based trauma healing course designed to help veterans of all eras and their families recover from the spiritual and moral wounds of war.

Key Activities or Objectives:

  • Less Pain, Anger, Fatigue, Anxiety, and Depression.
  • More Forgiveness and Meaning
  • Better Social Participation and Connectedness
  • Quality of Life

“The hospital fixed my body, but REBOOT fixed my soul. REBOOT sought out and resued the man I once was.”

Trauma Healing For Everyone

This one-of-a-kind course teaches you how to build bounce, weather the storm, and bounce back without getting stuck. This course is widely used in church and academic settings to build personal resilience.

Key Activities or Objectives:

  • Preparing for the Storms of Life
  • Weathering the Storms
  • Bouncing Back
  • Navigating Adversity

“We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Resilience: Learning to Bounce

The Patriot onboarding period includes familiarization with the farm, its work, living, and recreational areas, an individual assessment, and the creation of the holistic Personal Development Plan.

Key Activities or Objectives:

  • Onboard & Familiarization
  • Inbound Assessments
  • Personal Development Plan

Returning Healthy Veterans to America