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The mailbags aren't full yet, but we are encouraged when we hear from each of you. Thanks so much for this heartfelt letter. It keeps us moving forward in pursuit of our vision to save lives and facilitate healing for our wounded military and their families.

Hello Devorah and Kalvin,

Just now I discovered your website and have been gratified to read about your fund-raising efforts to create a healing retreat for Wounded Warriors. Your stories are very touching and inspirational; I write to congratulate you on your vision and wish you success in this sacred project. I regret that I am not in a position to help you financially; all I can send you at this point are prayers and hope.

As we know all too well, there are many wounded warriors among us. I am married to one. Stephen returned from Vietnam with a severed thumb, Purple Heart and a case of PTSD that was only diagnosed a couple years ago. We are fortunate that he received good counsel which enabled him to jump through the VA hurdles, obtaining a 100% disability rating. Many others are not so lucky.

The VA hospitals provide much needed medical care, but seem to have little to offer in the way of treatment for PTSD, which is why centers like the one you are trying to put in place are so needed and important.

When – not if – your retreat center is built, we would love to come and see it. Although we live in Minnesota, we have family in Colorado and visit as frequently as possible.

If you have an e-mail or snail mail list, I would appreciate it if you would please put us on it and keep us informed of your progress.

Wishing you success in your mission and sending gratitude for all that you’re doing.


This week has been busy with lots of desk work and it was great to get out into the local area to promote the vision. Every visit with local & national government and VA authorities yielded great advice, contacts, and excitement for the project. Here’s an overview of the day (May 23,2012) :

Senator Mark Udall's representatives were so excited about the project. They quickly grasped what this healing retreat will do for our wounded and their families and they believe that it is good for Colorado.

Talking with Senator Udall’s representatives was especially exciting because they really got the scope of the project. There is not to our knowledge a wellness retreat center dedicated to supporting our Wounded Warriors and their families. They were empathetic to the need. Jerry Oetero, Udall’s representative, could not emphasize enough his excitement for this project to be up and running yesterday.  We are so grateful for their solid support to help us identify more grants to further our fund-raising momentum. Thanks to Senator Udall for having such quality people on his team and supporting our troops. It was clear that they were not willing to just talk a good game. They wanted to get involved in the project.

We so appreciate the specific help that Congressman Scott Tipton's talented staff brought to the forefront. This is an effort that will truly take a team.

Devorah also swung by Congressman Scott Tipton’s office. Richard Schoenradt, Tipton’s field representative, put his support squarely behind what he called “a great endeavor.” Contacts and advice flowed freely. We are so appreciative of these efforts to come alongside and help us to support our wounded in their healing journey. Thanks to Congressman Tipton and his staff for their enthusiasm and for supporting us with tangible actions.

Devorah England,  our  Exucutive Director  also stopped by MBC Grand Broadcasting, Inc. in Grand Junction to get our advertising and promotional efforts together for Memorial Day weekend and beyond.  She also spent time with a local accountant who is willing to work with us with his connections for specific fundraising efforts.

Devorah spent some time at the VA in Grand Junction and were rewarded with a plethora of local contacts: those who need our services and those who will come alongside and support the formation of the Wounded Warrior – SAD Restoration Center.