Healthy Veteran Highlights • June 2023


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

We sincerely wish you a blessed and relaxing Independence Day holiday with family and friends.  As well, we invite you to join us in honoring great American Patriots who have secured our “Independence” as a Nation. Our Founding Fathers and godly leaders in every walk of life — folks like schoolteachers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, tradesmen and women, health care providers, coaches, pastors and faithful church workers, and even parents of teenagers!  And we must add our current military and Veterans across America.  Selfless Servants, great Americans in every walk of life who have fought the good fight to ensure today’s freedoms — we honor them on America’s birthday, recognizing that “Freedom is not Free.”  …read more in Diving Deeper.

June 2023 is also “PTSD Awareness Month.”  In layman’s terms, PTSD is a normal response to abnormal, traumatic events in one’s life.  PTSD has existed over the history of warfare, variously called shell shock, soldier’s heart, battlefield malaise, and most currently PTSD.  PTSD is also prevalent in non-military populations, again a response to trauma.  The National Center for Healthy Veterans (NCHV) helps veterans navigate PTSD on a daily basis; achieving greater emotional regulation, becoming more aware of potential triggers, and engaging in wellness practices which reduce the severity of PTSD in one’s life.  As well, NCHV has a Licensed Professional Counselor, Rebecca Bell (see Meet The Team) who utilizes certain counseling therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and others.  Rebecca will provide more detail regarding PTSD in our next newsletter.  

Here’s a preview of the content below:

  • Plays of the Day – New personnel, Ranch and Horse Operations, Market Update
  • Meet the Team – Incoming Licensed Professional Counselor Rebecca Bell
  • Diving Deeper – Independence Day Reflection by Bob Dees
  • In The Media – From a Patriots Mother’s Heart, a Patriot Graduate’s Reflections
  • Prayer Points – Massing God’s artillery on behalf of Veterans, America, and the world.

These are exciting days at the National Center for Healthy Veterans.  We are quickly achieving Excellence of Veteran Care that equals the Excellent of Infrastructure which we have developed over the past two years – and it is happening as God and generous donors are helping us bring the right expertise onto our team. 

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and tangible support!

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and tangible support!

Blessings to each of you,

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

    New Personnel:
    We are excited about the new staff who have joined us this last month!
    • Sherry – Community Center Manager
    • Joann – Healthy Veterans Market Manager
    • Sarah – Ranch Hand
    • Ayla – Ranch Hand
    • TJ – Farm Hand
    Ranch and Horse Operations:
    • We are providing lessons for veterans that are participating in the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program through Semper Fi Fund
    • We will be hosting various colt-starting demos and events this fall
    • The indoor arena has begun a remodeling. We are adding a boardwalk around our arena for visitors to observe lessons, demonstrations, and events.
    • We are offering group lessons at various times during the month. Contact Jacob Corwin for more information if you would like to be a part of that.
    Market Update:
    • Our new market manager is making some exciting changes!
    • New hours are 10 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday.
    • Come see our new adjusted prices, including a 25% off special on all meat products.
    • Stop by to see the new things added this week!
    • Our first round of Healthy Veterans Honey this last month sold out in 3 hours. We can’t wait for next year!

    In The Media

    Meet The Team

    Meet Rebecca Bell, NCHV Licensed Professional Counselor

    Who I am
    I come from a military family where my father served 21 years in the Navy and two of my brothers served in the Army. My sister and I both served in the Air Force. I worked in the Logistics War Planning department for most of my career. I served primarily in Michigan and Idaho and separated from the military after seven years.

    My Background
    I am a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Alaska with over 6 years of experience as a therapist and faith-based disaster and crisis response chaplain. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, compassion fatigue and grief and loss.

    What brought me to Valor Farms
    I found out about Valor Farms through friends of General Dees, as I was looking for a local position as a therapist. After visiting and hearing about the vision, I knew this is where God would have me serve at this time in my life.

    Diving Deeper

    Independence Day Reflection by Bob Dees

    I have prayerfully considered what to share with you on yet another Independence Day.  I fear that for many of us, Independence Day often feels like another “Groundhog Day” – more hotdogs, more fireworks, perhaps more beer or cigars.  On the more constructive side, Independence Day often represents more family, more patriotism, more national pride, and more reflection on the origins and meaning of this special day.  As with any birthday, it is an opportunity for the honored one and others to celebrate, to affirm, to reflect, to recommit.  So it is today, with our beloved America as the center of attention – “the honored one.”

    Romans 13:7 says in part “Pay to all what is due them; … respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor…”

    Hence, let us simply render “Honor to Whom Honor is Due” on this 247th Birthday of the United States of America.

    Remembering that “Freedom is Not Free,” we honor the Veterans who have purchased our Freedom “over there” with their very lives and service, the forbears of the military who guard our liberties today.  Have you ever asked, “Where would we be without our Veterans?”  What if on 6 June 1944 (Normandy) the brave soldiers crossing the beach had said “It’s too wet, too windy – let’s go tomorrow.” Or what if the Patriots at Valley Forge defending new American liberties to speak, worship, assemble without being subjected to the point of a bayonet had thought it inconvenient to walk on unshorn, bloody feet in miles of snow and ice? Gratefully we do not have to ask “what if.” Our Veterans have always been there – character, competence, commitment to the very sacrifice of their lives. Yes, no greater love hath a man than he give his life for a friend – that’s our Veterans.  By extension I add other uniformed public servants to the honor roll of those who have insured our domestic and international freedoms, along with their devoted families who often suffer in silence.  Today we honor them all.  God Bless Them!

    In A Broader Sense, there are other “Veterans” to honor who have secured our “Independence” as a Nation:  Our Founding Fathers and godly leaders in every walk of life. Folks like school teachers, entrepreneurs, health care providers, coaches, pastors and faithful church workers, and even parents of teenagers!  Selfless Servants, great Americans in every walk of life who have fought the good fight to ensure today’s freedoms — we also honor you on America’s birthday.

    Where would we be without these great Americans?  Gratefully we don’t have to ask!

    We ARE the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave because of those who have walked a dangerous path on behalf of our current freedoms.  This is a profound truth – may each of us pause to reflect and be grateful. May we guide younger generations to do the same.

    On this significant day, we also render honor to the God who breathed life into the heart and soul of America. He is the true Founding Father of these United States.  Without a personal relationship with our God through His Son Jesus, we remain in captivity eternally.  Hence, on this Independence Day, may we rightly rejoice in the liberty, the freedoms, which Christ purchased for us on the Cross.

    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm
    and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1, NASB

    Just as freedom is not free in a physical sense, spiritual freedom likewise has the cost of “standing firm,” fighting the good fight of faith, and leaning into Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  He is our Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer; the Strong Tower to whom we can run. May each of us be Guardians of the spiritual freedoms which Jesus purchased for us. Greater love has no man. Honor to whom honor is due.

    Where would we be without Jesus?  Gratefully we don’t have to ask!

    Prayer Points

    • We are grateful to the very generous donors who dedicated houses in Village One this week. May the legacy of these honored family members inspire each of us.
    • 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
    • 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. 
    • 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 role models. 
    Blue Color denotes new prayer additions.


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