Over the last couple of years, I have been keeping a low profile about the work we have been doing with Service Members and their Families, until now. I have conducted BROTHERS AT WAR RESILIENCY WORKSHOPS for over 12,000 Service and Family Members, and because of their success, Gary Sinise has urged us to make these important materials (which we have been utilizing in the workshops) available to the public.
The heartfelt, positive response of Service Members and their Families to the BROTHERS AT WAR film, and the communication it generated within military families made a profound impression on me. I began to wonder if there was a way to take the family building impact of the film one step further. I had done a great amount of journaling upon my return from war and found the process helpful for my own reintegration. The idea came to share this technique, first during our Workshops, and now with you.
My producing partner for BROTHERS AT WAR, Norman Powell, responded enthusiastically to the idea, and we began to write the questions based on the large number of interviews we had done with Service Members. Ellen Levine created a complimentary visual look, and edited the BROTHERS AT WAR Companion Workbook with Sophie Yon Gharbi.
Gary Sinise was so impressed, he and TriWest sponsored six BROTHERS AT WAR RESILIENCY WORKSHOPS at Army Posts around the country. We received high praise from the Soldiers, their Families, Chaplains, Counselors, and Doctors.
The Oklahoma National Guard was searching for an innovative way to help address the needs of their Soldiers who had been at the front of the fight in Afghanistan, and were reeling from the loss of 15 of their Brothers-in-Arms. Military Spouse and Talk Radio Show Host, Beth Wilson, recommended our program. In order to help meet their needs, we completed our COMPANION WORKBOOK for SPOUSES, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS, and extended our Workshops to four hours to help address the issues their Soldiers and Family Members were facing.
Click here to see what they had to say
The Army Reserves also had us conduct 7 workshops during the same time. See the Official Survey of the Reactions of the Soldier and their Families here
During the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, 49 Soldiers, who returned from the war less than a year ago, lost their homes. I contacted them to find out how we can help. What they need most is gift cards, so they can purchase necessities for their families, while they file insurance claims and get back on their feet. In order to give something back to these Military Families, we will donate $1 for every Workbook sold online for the next month to the Oklahoma National Guard Emergency Relief Fund. If you would like to donate directly, please send a check to:
Oklahoma National Guard Emergency Relief Fund
c/o Lisa Smith, Comptroller
3501 NE Military Circle
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-4305
Our Resiliency Program Is Now Available To You:
We will be doing an Official Launch later this year. However, we wanted to introduce it to you first, who have supported the journey of BROTHERS AT WAR. We would appreciate your feedback and comments on the new website and on the Companion Workbooks.
Conducting the Workshops has been inspiring, and I had the honor of working with Soldiers and Families of the North Dakota National Guard earlier this month, and I look forward to returning to Oklahoma on July 13th to work with more of their Soldiers and Families. Our program is fun, easy to do, and can help bring families closer together.
This has been an inspirational journey, and I am excited to now be able to share it with you.