Healthy Veteran Highlights • May 2022


Dear Friends of NCHV and Valor Farm,

Welcome to the May edition of our Healthy Veterans Newsletter.  After my short introduction, we’ll have some fun Plays of the Day, featuring another one of our hardworking staff in Meet the TeamDive Deeper with a Memorial Day reflection, provide a few Media Highlights, and close with Prayer Points and highlight a few Upcoming Events

It is also fitting in the month of MAY to honor our Mothers, Military Spouses, and the Women in our midst collectively. Here is an excerpt from my Mother’s Day Message to the women on our staff:

This Mother’s Day I honor the Mothers in our NCHV and Valor Farm family, both near and far.  Your grace, your intellect, your intuition, and most of all your unique ability to love others into their highest self is a priceless gift to all of those in your embrace.  As well, I know many of you who are not mothers actually “mother” many others with the same love and grace.

On yesterday’s Volunteer Saturday, we had a baseball team come to assist with farm chores.  I relayed the story about playing High School Football in Texas with thousands in the stands, yet amazingly I could always hear my Mother’s voice cheering.  I suspect you have had similar experiences realizing how your Mom has always been on your team.  Yes, our Mom’s, living or deceased, are very special to each of us.  I honor them and I honor each of you today.

So let’s dive in!  Enjoy the many facets of “Returning Healthy Veterans to America.”

With gratitude, respect, and blessings,

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

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    Plays of the Day


    • Volunteers and staff shared in food, music, games, and the Resurrection Story the Saturday before Easter. They hid over 300 Easter eggs and the children scrambledd to find the most to win prizes. Fun was had by all.
    • Loud applause!  Larry and Paulette Bailey are tireless workers at Valor Farm and in the entire community, including Volunteer Recognition from Greater Lynchburg.


    • Since February, 34 piglets have been born. Plus 6 sows are pregnant again and due in 2 and half months.
    • We received a donation of 500 new chickens from Lancaster, PA which will live in our brand new Amish chicken coup.
    • Our first crop is producing greens and approximately 1000 pounds of potatoes.


    • During our last Volunteer weekend we had a tremendous turnout of our Volunteers to help with Phase 1 of landscaping and installation of SOD around the First Tiny Homes and Community Center.
    • Our new partners, New Leaf Farm and Bass SOD Farm did a fantastic job of providing us with Trees, Shrubs, Plants and SOD.
    • Phase 2 will begin next week as we prepare to put more SOD down to complete the Landscaping around the Community Center.
    • A new stone sign was built and we are currently working toward completion.
    • Volunteers from Lynchburg Rotary and LU helped plant trees and shrubs to help beautify the front of our new offices.
    • We are also partnering with local Master Gardeners to help provide locally grown perennials and annuals

    While we work and study hard at Valor Farm, it is great to see Veteran Adam Lawson catch a big ‘un in the Big Otter River which surrounds much of Valor Farm.  Always great to see such a big smile on our Veteran’s faces!

    Meet The Team

    Will Hamm 

    Will Hamm is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. Originally from Vermont, he has completed three tours of deployment. He is a hard-working, dedicated, loyal man. Coworkers and volunteers say that he is willing to listen, to teach, and help in any capacity with a positive and personable attitude. While he is an efficient perfectionist, he is receptive of other’s opinions and a pleasure to work with.  He is very knowledgeable in a variety of areas, organized, and a forward thinker. Passionate about serving and assisting others that are struggling, he is excited to be a part of our mission to help his fellow veterans. Twenty-two years of service, a BS in Psychology, and MA in Human Resources Counseling-Military Resilience combined with his extensive construction experience make him a perfect member of the NCHV team. It is an honor and privilege to work alongside him every day!

    Diving Deeper

    [NOTE:  While we recognize that Memorial Day is focused on honoring our fallen comrades of times past, we at the National Center for Healthy Veterans also seek to honor and serve our living Veterans.  The following message will do both.]
    “Where Would We Be Without Them?”
    On this Memorial Day 2022, we must ask ourselves a very important question: “Where would we be without our Veterans?”  What if they had concluded it was too windy, too wet, and too uncomfortable to venture onto the beaches of Normandy in June 1944?  Gratefully, they didn’t ask such a self-serving question — they were there, they went across the beaches, and they unhinged an entire continent from an evil empire, they were “all in” … on behalf of future generations.  As a result of their efforts, and the continuing efforts of our troops and families of today, we remain the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave. 

    Dr. Ben Carson has often said “If you want to be free, you must be brave.”   America remains the Land of the Free because of our brave veterans who gave their very lives for the future of America.

    Perhaps a few mental snapshots will bring this sober remembrance into better focus for all of us:

    “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones,” the title of a song written by recently deceased Senator Oren Hatch, commemorates Arlington Cemetery and the countless rows of grave markers, representative of fields around the world where our nation’s noble warriors have been laid to rest.  At Arlington this Memorial Day weekend, every grave will have an American flag, carefully emplaced by many volunteers and fellow warriors, and overwatched by the measured foot beat of the U.S. 3d Infantry “Old Guard”– an act of utmost honor, appreciation, and reverence.

    Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
    “… It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 
    From the Apostle Paul, “The time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the race and I have kept the faith.”  On Memorial Day, we honor “the good fight” of each of our faithful fallen warriors.

    From the great Roman orator Cicero, “Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes fails to remember and honor them.”  May we honor those who fight, bleed, and die for us and future generations.  Our nation is at true peril when we fail to remember those who have made it all possible.
    For the family who has lost a loved one in the military, every day is Memorial Day.  Perhaps that should be true for all of us. The message on Memorial Day 2016 is simple:  We as a nation honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.  We pray for God’s abundant comfort for those loved one’s left behind, including those fellow warriors saddled with the guilt of survival.  We also thank, affirm and pray for those who serve today, along with their committed families. 

    Where would we be without them?  Gratefully, we don’t have to ask that question.  They have always been there for us. 

    Now … we must be there for them, America.

    In The Media

    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 a 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. 


    Memorial Day Events

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