Healthy Veteran Highlights • March 2023


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

Isn’t it fun to see Spring start to kick into gear?  The four new calves at Valor Farm and the numerous piggies cause us to marvel at new life and the growth which quickly turns them into mature animals.  Similarly, the arrival of new Patriots at Valor Farm brings an expectation of GROWTH and increasing maturity.  Just as lifting weights stresses our muscles to promote growth, the same is true in every other dimension of life as well – mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational.  It is often the challenges, the stressors, and the “tribulations” which cause the greatest growth; but it is important to have a Growth Mindset so we don’t miss the “cleverly disguised opportunity” to get better, wiser, and stronger through the challenges of life.

The Bible illustrates a growth mindset in a number of passages. Here is one:

And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseveranceand perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Romans 5:3-5, NASB

This is not just Biblical diatribe, it is a foundational principle which is critically relevant to the Veterans we serve, and actually to all of us who certainly need PERSEVERANCE, PROVEN CHARACTER, PATIENCE (as in James 1:2-4), and ultimately HOPE.  In technical jargon, this process is called “Post Traumatic Growth.”

As we observe the blooms and new life of Spring that will soon GROW into bounty, let us be reminded that our individual and collective challenges of life represent potent fertilizer that will allow each of us to bloom, to achieve our God given potential.

Plays of the Day” is always fun, this month focused on new piggies, calves, and Patriots at Valor Farm, along with another memorable house dedication.

In the “Media Section,” we’ve posted an update from Kate Monroe, our VetComm partner, along with a recent Wall Builders interview with Bob, and an excellent briefing by the VA about problem-solving related to mental health issues.

In “Meet the Team” we introduce Dale Grigg, a very talented, experienced, and wise leader to assist us with construction, master planning, and infrastructure development.

In “Diving Deeper” our Patriot Care Director, Tera Keating, addresses Mental Health Resources for Veterans, including our NCHV healing environment at Valor Farm.

“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.  We hope you will visit soon – you will find the life and growth pretty inspiring.

Grateful to each of you,

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

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    Plays of the Day

    Babies Galore!
    • New Piggies – 25 in last month! 
    • Baby Calves – 4 in 7 Days!  One of the calves was actually the offspring of one or earlier “Nanny” calves from a 2021 donation by the Stolfuss Family in Lancaster PA.  Great to see 2d Generation Calves joining the Valor Farm animal family.
    New Patriots
    • We welcome Sam from FL – moved into House #2 in Lancaster Village. 
    • We welcome Doug from FL – moved into House #8 in Lancaster Village
    House Dedication
    • Generous donor Ray Mirra joined us for the dedication of House # 1 to Louis Schipani,  his dear friend, mentor, and WWII Veteran.  These dedications are moving, memorializing the memory of great Veterans who have gone before.  Thanks again to Ray Mirra and the many other generous donors who are providing homes and healing for many Veterans of today.

    In The Media

    Meet The Team

    Dale Grigg
    Dale has 50 years of construction experience including contract administration, program management, project management, construction management, and quality control and quality assurance. His experience includes heavy highway and bridge construction; construction materials; road, bridge, and pavement design, site-civil and building construction. A large part of his experience includes a 35-year career with VDOT, and 28 years working directly within its Lynchburg District. Mr. Grigg’s experience also includes scheduling, budgeting, constructibility and value engineering reviews, dispute resolution, and negotiating. He has managed multiple Construction contracts and spent 12 years as District Construction Engineer for VDOT in Lynchburg. He has served as the Quality Assurance Manager (QAM) on six VDOT Design-Build contracts.

    Dale currently lives in Forest VA with his wife of 40 years, Ruth Ann. They have three children, a daughter currently in San Francisco CA, a son in Little Rock AK, and a son in Richmond VA. They have four grandchildren, all boys ranging from 4 – 10 years old: three in Richmond and one in Little Rock. Dale and Ruth Ann are long-time members of Heritage Baptist Church where both have served in various capacities over the years, with a highlight being a short-term mission trip to North Africa in 2018. Dale enjoys listening to music, both at home and at live venues, as well as outdoor activities including hiking and bicycling. He especially enjoys spending time with his family, including vacationing together at various North Carolina beaches most summers.

    Dale semi-retired in 2022 after consulting with MBP for the previous 14 years.  He joined the Valor Farm Team in January 2023 as a volunteer, with a focus on project management. Dale says “It is definitely a privilege to be part of the Valor Farm ministry serving God by helping to restore our veteran Patriots to healthy and productive lives.”

    Diving Deeper

    By Tera Keating, NCHV Patriot Care Director

    If you are a veteran, or you know a veteran, who is suffering with a mental health condition, please don’t suffer in silence. There are many dimensions of wellness in our day-to-day lives that play a part in how we feel. Mental health, just like physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational health; is one of the dimensions that needs to have periodic check-ups or in this case check-ins.  If you think you are experiencing symptoms that are affecting your overall mental health, please do a check-in with yourself or ask the veteran you know to do a check-in. 
    Below are some free self-assessments you can use:

    Finally, a reminder that the National Center for Healthy Veterans (NCHV) is a holistic solution of proven best practices to address physical, MENTAL, spiritual, emotional, and relational wellness.  For many veterans,  either residential at Valor Farm or engaged with NCHV in a number of ways, NCHV is the right formula of community, meaningful work, faith-based trauma recovery and life skills programs, and career preparation; all on the beautiful 339-acre Valor Farm healing platform.   Veteran referrals and more information can be achieved via the NCHV Website.


    Prayer Points

    • Domestically, our hearts break for the tragic shooting at the Nashville Christian school. May God allow those affected to grieve with Hope and may He comfort them in their distress.
    • Pray for the Patriots who are soon to graduate and those who have recently joined us that they all might continue to grow and prosper individually with their families and in their chosen professions.
    • Internationally, 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 role models. 
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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