What is a DAD?

What is a DAD?

June 17, 2018 0 Comments

Brandan became a dad on August 28, 2009 at7:06 am. I had an emergency Cesarean because our sons heart rate went down drastically during delivery - It was happening so fast we didn’t even have time to think

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Badass of the Month

Badass of the Month

May 07, 2018 0 Comments

I was physically injured during service to my country, I was also emotionally shattered; transitioning to civilian life a constant challenge. I have had some success with equine therapy, the most successful treatment I had been through before the Serenity Trauma Healing Center program. The unique resources offered by Karl Monger and Gallantfew are like none other that I have ever had the privilege or access to in the past.

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Joshua Tree - More Than I Expected

Joshua Tree - More Than I Expected

April 30, 2018 0 Comments

Since all of the other participants share similar experiences, you develop a tight bond by swapping stories and having some laughs after a day of climbing. You get the feeling that even though your time in the military may have past, the brotherhood in which you share still exists. They are here for me and I am here for them, no matter what.

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Connection - The KEY to Social Fitness

Connection - The KEY to Social Fitness

March 01, 2018 0 Comments

The rise in the need for drugs, alcohol, physical and sexual activity could in part be due to the rise in people who are desperate for emotional stimulation. One thing is sure: you can develop the ability to connect with others relationally without substances nor inappropriate physical stimulation! Learning to shut down and close ourselves off emotionally may have been a survival strategy we developed as children that no longer serves us today.

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5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship with a Combat Veteran

5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship with a Combat Veteran

February 22, 2018 0 Comments

Post-Traumatic stress is real. Traumatic brain injuries are real. Insomnia, low testosterone, depression, hyper-vigiliance, all of those things are real. So as a partner of a combat veteran, how do you help your partner while also addressing the needs and desires you have as a human being?

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PTSD vs. Transition Stress

PTSD vs. Transition Stress

February 08, 2018 0 Comments

While post-traumatic stress disorder has become a much-discussed affliction, a seemingly more prevalent problem is going largely overlooked: transition stress. Think of it as a clinical-sounding diagnosis for that sense of alienation many veterans feel after they leave the military.

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Honoring Sgt. Chad Elliott  Jenson

Honoring Sgt. Chad Elliott Jenson

December 02, 2017 0 Comments

Today I’m decorating, even though I’m flying home for the actual holidays. I have his pictures out, helping me get through it, and I put this ornament on first. Because I know he’s here with me. I know he’s smiling at me

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Journey to Financial Freedom

Journey to Financial Freedom

November 30, 2017 0 Comments

Marine Raider Jason and his wife Christina made the decision to downsize from their 3000+ square foot home into the full time RV lifestyle and travel our beautiful Nation. Their travels have only just begun but their journey to financial freedom started long ago. Many veterans ask us to share our perspective on financial responsibility and success. Please read Jason and Christina's story.

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Gifts that GIVE BACK

Gifts that GIVE BACK

November 28, 2017 0 Comments

Looking for a gift with more significance than lining corporate pockets with cash? We've assembled the top 10 gifts that support a cause! Gifts that give back!

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Brothers

Brothers

October 25, 2017 0 Comments

It’s funny how you can meet a complete stranger, but they have lived a very similar life. We joined Marines, pushed ourselves to get into certain units, deployed in combat, then transitioned out. We were all different people and personalities, but our paths in life ran parallel to each other. It was like meeting long lost brothers again.That was one of the most enriching benefits of being able to be on this retreat.

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Stronger in the End

Stronger in the End

October 25, 2017 0 Comments

The Raider Program has a great staff, and a great leader. Nick took the time to listen to everybody there, while encouraging us all to seek help from him and our brothers in battle, as well as another great organization: The Gallant Few. Rock climbing is a perfect metaphor for what this program does, as it teaches us that the rock face in front of us can feel overwhelming and intimidating, but with the help of those around you, your grit, and the decision to take it one move at a time, you will make it to the top, and be that much stronger in the end.

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My First Time

My First Time

October 25, 2017 0 Comments

Going into the trip I never rock climbed before in my life. I always considered it a sport that was out of my league and not worth trying. After the first day I realized this was something that I have been missing out on. Being up there on the rock all by yourself really puts your entire life in perspective, you can either quit and head back down or quit bitching and get up the god dam rock.

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