Healthy Veteran Highlights • December 2022


Dear Friends,

In the Psalms, David expresses “My heart overflows with a good theme.”  This well summarizes how we feel at the National Center for Healthy Veterans.  The theme is driven by GRATITUDE for the overflow of blessings to Valor Farm as so many around America have helped us help Veterans over this past year. 

Some of the reasons for thankfulness include a  several Patriots who chose not to take their lives, two who are no longer homeless, a Patriot who used the opportunity to regain wellness and clarify purpose prior to reentering military service, a number who  have found faith and renewed purpose in living, a Veteran family who avoided certain divorce through NCHV staff love and guidance, tens of indigent veterans who received direct help (over $10K in financial assistance from NCHV) and referral service, a compassionate NCHV Staff who have poured hundreds of hours into our residential and transient Veteran population, an amazing Army of Volunteers (over 700 contributing over 10,000 hours) who have greatly accelerated our progress, a first Veteran Village houses 7 Veterans now with 12 more houses available in next three months ; Farm, Ranch, and Construction operations which all contribute to our overall NCHV Mission and healing environment, and finally direct financial support and gifts-in-kind from generous donors which have been overwhelming. 

More personally, listen to a couple of quotes from Valor Farm Patriots:

In the Media Section, listen to the powerful testimony of a Valor Farm Veteran who has grown from a Wounded Warrior to a Healthy Veteran.  In Plays of the Day, you will hear additional praise items across Valor Farm activities.  Diving Deeper explains how you can help us help Veterans as this year draws to a close.  Prayer Points focuses on key needs within the Veteran community, and beyond.

Yes, so much to be grateful for!  We give thanks to God “who surrounds us with favor as with a shield.”  And we give thanks to EACH of YOU who have been part of this noble mission to Return Healthy Veterans to America. 

From our Valor Farm Team to Your Home, may you have a very blessed Christmas.


Robert F. Dees
Major General, U.S. Army, Retired
NCHV President & CEO

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    YOUR encouragement and generosity
    have made these amazing things happen at Valor Farm. 
    We certainly welcome and need your further support on behalf of Returning Healthy Veterans to America!

    Join our Healthy Veterans Community!

    Plays of the Day

    Veterans Day 2022:

    • Amazing gathering of Veterans and Supporters – 550 in attendance, despite tornado watch and rain downpour
    • Meaningful Veteran Commemoration Ceremony
    • Entertaining Country Western Concert
    Dr. Tim Lee:
    • Amazing life story – Vietnam double amputee
    • Inspirational message about hope & faith
    • Multiple faith decisions

    Danny Griego:

    • Talented Top #10 Billboard Performer
    • Great friend of Valor Farm
    • Awesome concert with dancing in the arena

    Meet The Team

    Larry and Paulette Bailey

    Larry and Paulette Bailey’s connection to Valor Farm was through the Monument Terrace Veterans group in downtown, Lynchburg, Va.  An announcement was made about Veterans Day November 2020, with Oliver North to speak at Valor Farm. The farm visit itself and Colonel North‘s speech gave us the inspiration to continue our journey through today.

    To back up a little, Larry is an Air Force Veteran, and both are retired from the nuclear industry, have two daughters, Kimberly, a 22 year retired Army veteran, and Heather a Lynchburg Firefighter, Paramedic. Their new volunteering adventure started at Victory Junction, (A Serious Fun Camp for Chronically ill children), Randleman, North Carolina. Volunteering for about 8 years.  Larry worked with children in Archery, Horse Barn, and Boating/Fishing. Paulette worked with children in Art and Crafts, Wood Shop.  The years were inspiring and rewarding as they worked with children and parents from all over the United States.  Then COVID hit. The camp closed and they started volunteering at the Salvation Army, Lynchburg, working in the kitchen, preparing food, and serving the residents.  They were able to begin bringing Salvation Army leftover food scraps to feed the Valor Farm hog population.  In the course of their selfless volunteer activities, they were recognized as the April 2022 Volunteers of the Month for Share Greater Lynchburg.

    According to Larry and Paulette, “volunteering at the National Center for Healthy Veterans has been an inspirational journey.  Not only volunteering for painting, construction, inventorying, Saturday volunteering, gathering eggs, and fixing slop for the hogs; but also to interact with the veterans , staff, and other volunteers.  While volunteering at the farm, Larry has been going through an illness, and we view Valor Farm as very therapeutic and emotionally supportive for us as well.”

    The Valor Farm Family is now privileged to have Larry and Paulette Bailey on our team as volunteer coordinators.  We salute their selfless service to many!

    Diving Deeper

    Joyful Giving
    We are grateful for the many joyful givers (“… for God loves a cheerful giver.”) that have blessed our NCHV efforts this year.  We pray that God will guide your end-of-year giving and give you true JOY in the process. 
    There are many ways you can help us help Veterans.  Our nation’s Veterans have written a blank check for their lives on behalf of every American – the 1% of our population defending the other 99%.  May each of us heed the call to provide help, hope, and healing for our Veterans and put them back into America as healthy family members, entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, and societal role models.  America needs her Veterans more than ever before!

    Please consider the following ways to donate to the National Center for Healthy Veterans:

    Healthy Veterans Website at

    TEXT “NCHV” to 719-445-8383

    • Check or Donor Advised Fund (DAF) grant payable to:
      Stone Ridge Foundation (dba National Center for Healthy Veterans),
      sent to P.O. Box 74, Altavista, VA 24517 
    *** Call NCHV @ 888-317-4677 //

    Stone Ridge Foundation (dba: National Center for Healthy Veterans)
    is a tax-exempt 501c3 with Federal Tax ID # 84-2852661

    Prayer Points

    • Together we uplift the people of Ukraine in this tragic hour. May God guide you, protect you, and hide you under the shelter of His wings as the destruction passes by.
    • Pray that the work of the National Center for Healthy Veterans would rapidly advance to provide help, hope, and healing for our nation’s Veterans and their families.
    • Join us in praising God for the beauty of His Creation at Valor Farm — horses, rivers, cattle, valleys, chickens, the fruit of the land, the beauty of the fields, the wonder of His Creation. 
    • Join us in praising God for the amazing Army of NCHV volunteers, a multitude of generous supporters, and faithful staff.
    • Pray that God would steady the hand of the 22 Veterans a day that are considering ending their lives. 
    • Without mentioning specifics, pray for the many Veterans and their families in our midst who have financial issues, health crises, relational dysfunction, and suffer from mental and emotional challenges. May God bring wellness to Veterans throughout the land
    • Pray that God will provide laborers and resources to “Return Healthy Veterans to America,”  and may these Healthy Veterans provide unique contributions to America as role models, parents, educators, coaches, business professionals, and societal influencers. 

    In The Media


    NCHV Calendar
    Weekly Schedule & Upcoming Events
    • Mon-Fri: Daily Devotions with Staff, Patriots, Volunteers, and Friends of Valor Farm
    • Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. Scheduled Tours
      please contact if interested.
      Thursdays: Community Campfire at Valor Farm 6pm
      Come join us for fellowship!
    • December 8, 2022 • Governor and First Lady Youngkin host NCHV Staff in recognition of the Spirit of Virginia Award.

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