Returning Healthy Veterans to America

The National Center for Healthy Veterans (NCHV) facility in Altavista is fundamentally reshaping veterans care in America, mobilizing the full capabilities of America’s private sector.  America’s Veterans are an Untapped National Treasure! The purpose of the NCHV is to “Return Healthy Veterans to America.”

WE TRAIN OUR NATION'S PATRIOTS TO THRIVE IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAUMA.

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At NCHV we take a faith-based, holistic approach to “Returning Healthy Veterans to America” in the natural healing environment of Valor Farm near Altavista, Virginia. Our Patriots – as we call the Veterans who participate in our programs – live and perform dignified work in community while participating in resilience, trauma recovery, and career preparation programs. As the nation’s premier faith-based program for veterans, we employ a variety of experiential and technology-based approaches that support the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational healing for America’s veterans and their families.  

Who We Serve

Veterans At Risk

The National Center for Healthy Veterans serves at-risk veterans, who we call Patriots, who are willing to invest nine months at Valor Farm for a “reset and restart.” We expect them to commit to change, be willing to work toward re-optimizing their daily performance, and to restore family and other relationships. Our Veterans must be able to live, learn, work, and train in a rural farm environment. 

How We Serve

Life at Valor Farm

The nine month NCHV residential program is a golden opportunity to “get unstuck,” to move past trauma and transition challenges into a lifetime of personal and professional contribution and success. More than other mental health or suicide prevention programs for veterans, NCHV treats the whole person; body, mind and soul. After orientation and assessment, Valor Farm “Patriots” move through three 12 week “trimesters” which sequentially focus on resilience, trauma recovery, and career preparation. Concurrently Patriots take electives based on personal needs and interests — equine therapy, financial literacy, family relationships, topical Bible studies, nutrition, sleep management, pain management, and many others. 

Assisted by mentors, each NCHV Patriot constructs a Personal Development Plan which tracks individual goals and progress.  The desired outcomes from community living, dignified work, technical training, and overall wellness culture include successful professional transition, healthy work-life balance, wholesome family relationships, expanded inner resources including a relevant faith, positive contribution to society, and service as a mentor to others. 

During their time at Valor Farm, Patriots live in individual tiny homes within a Patriot Community Village.  Each village consists of 20 tiny homes and a Village Community Center where Patriots cook and share meals, enjoy fitness and recreational activities, participate in classes and special events, and grow stronger together.

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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