Healthy Veteran Highlights • January 2024

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Dear Friends of the National Center for Healthy Veterans at Valor Farm,

While 2023 is now in our rear-view mirrors, we remain GRATEFUL for the many who helped and the many who healed.  Our entire team deeply appreciates the generous donors and ministry partners who have kept us in this fight for the very lives of our Veterans.  As well, I am extremely thankful for the many talented staff who joined our team this year, significantly enhancing our ability to operate, sustain, and fulfill our primary mission to “Return Healthy Veterans to America.”  This has been an amazing year!

Now as we peer through our windshields into 2024, we transition into a New Year of blessings, opportunity, and no doubt challenges.  In fact, our theme this month is TRANSITION – we see it in many ways – 2023 to 2024, Fall to Winter, old to NEW, Veterans moving from darkness to light, people moving into NEW seasons of life, and GROWTH which presents its own transition challenges and opportunities.

Isaiah conveys a confident expectation which mirrors our sentiments that God will guide and provide at this critical moment in time:

Behold, I am going to do something NEW,
Now it will spring up;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.

(Isaiah 43:19, NASB)
 

We are truly confident that God will continue to be a “Waymaker” on behalf of Veterans and 2024 will be a NEW and AMAZING year.

In “Diving Deeper” I will lay out some of the exciting strategic transitions underway at NCHV as we grow to meet current and future demands and maintain momentum into the heart of our seven-year master plan.

You will no doubt enjoy some more NCHV “Plays of the Day,” this month focused on our expanded Patriot population requiring multiple cohorts, a great start to the New Year with a Patriot baptism in our Big Otter River on January 1, and enhanced partnerships which enable greater visibility and resourcing of our critical mission to “Return Healthy Veterans to America.” 

In the “Media Section,” you will see our 2023 Impact Flipbook, our 2023 End of Year Video, and the powerful “Dark to Light” Video produced for NCHV by the Independent Business Owners Association International (IBOAI).

“Prayer Points” focuses on key needs within the Veteran community, and beyond. Prayer is really God’s artillery to soften up and break through the tough obstacles we all face.  Thank you in advance for your prayers on behalf of Veterans and our life-changing work with them.

We truly appreciate your partnership with us in so many ways. 

Gratefully to each of you,



Robert F. Dees
Major General, U.S. Army, Retired
President and CEO, National Center for Healthy Veterans

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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!

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    Meet The Team

    We are happy to welcome Tim and Ashley Cyphers to the NCHV team. Tim is our new Development Coordinator and Ashley is our new Donor Relations Coordinator. Tim and Ashley both grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia and met while attending college at Liberty University. They have 3 kids together, Peyton, Levi, and Ryann. They have lived and pastored in various churches across the United States, from Ohio, to North Carolina, to New Mexico. Ashley has worked in Real Estate, Marketing, and Transportation over the last 14 years, while Tim has been a Student Pastor, an Interim Pastor, a Worship Pastor, and even a Digital Ministry Pastor. Tim spent 12 years in the Army National Guard, lastly as the Battalion Chaplain for the 216th Combat Engineers, where he witnessed firsthand the invisible wounds carried by returning veterans. They are both honored and excited to be a part of what God is doing here and believe that NCHV is a testament to the transformative power of community, and a chance to give back to those who have given so much.

    Diving Deeper

    First, a note of GRATITUDE for all God has allowed us to accomplish from the beginning through 2023. This year will no doubt be another exciting time to engage with Veterans across America. We were privileged to see very tangible progress in each area this past year and move toward our vision with strategic intentionality and tactical relevance to each Veteran we encounter.  They are, after all, America’s Untapped National Treasures! 

    Click the button below to read about our milestones in 2023 and our continued strategic objectives for 2024 and beyond.

    Plays of the Day

    • Anthony, Chris, and Jeff have started working internships.
    • Our “Roscoe” Cohort recently graduated from Reboot Recovery, their second trimester of the Patriot Program.
    • One of our Patriots (Kevin) was recently baptized in Big Otter River. We are thankful for this testimony of healing, growth, and faith.
    • Chris Johnson recently completed his ServeSafe Food Handler course as part of his internship.
    • For the first time in NCHV history we have simultaneous cohorts with a total of 11 residential patriots currently in the program. We currently have served upwards of 25 family members and upwards of 3,500 people educated about veterans through local, regional, and national events spoken at by General Dees and our COO Brenda Swartz.
    • Pictures from our 2023 Veterans Day Event can be seen below.

    In The Media

    Prayer Points

    • Pray for wisdom and knowledge to work with our Veterans who are suffering with PTS/PTSD and other mental and emotional issues.
    • Pray that the work of the National Center for Healthy Veterans would continue to advance in the criteria needed to work with Veteran Families.
    • Pray for the NCHV Staff and volunteers; continued health and stamina. Pray for their families. Praise God for the men and women He sends to continue the work of “Returning Healthy Veterans to America.”
    • Join us in praising God for the beauty of His Creation — horses, rivers, cattle, valleys, chickens, the fruit of the land, the beauty of the fields, the wonder of His Creation. 

    Calendar

    Weekly NCHV Schedule

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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