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Mil-Tree Veteran Project

Description:

Mil-Tree is a non-profit that was founded as a response to the need to welcome home our war veterans and embrace them into the larger folds of society.

Like many communities around the country, The Morongo Basin is a diverse mix of people made up of artists, business owners, ranchers, rock climbers, marines, veterans, loners, and more.

It is a community small enough to know local business owners, politicians, school teachers and artists, and large enough to explore many different interests.

It is a community full of stand-up citizens that want to make a difference. Mil-Tree speaks to those folks who want to contribute in a personal way to the well being of its citizens, especially those who have served or are still serving in our military.

Based on the principals of Dr. Ed Ticks book War and The Soul, Mil-Trees goal is to offer a variety of opportunities to re-enter civilian life with support, as expressed in our mission statement, including workshops in the arts, healing circles, nature walks and hikes, potlucks, drumming circles, all things creative and healing.

The core work of Mil-Tree is to provide community support by creating bonds of trust and deep listening. Each month we have a general meeting where much of the time is used to check in one by one and share what's in the mind and heart while the rest of us hold space and really listen.

From there we offer creative activities and events where bonds of friendship can deepen as confidence branching out into new parts of the community are enhanced. We are ever inspired by the Soldiers Heart model developed by Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt.

It is a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds of veterans, their families and communities. It offers a genuine healing and homecoming from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by developing a new and honorable warrior identity supported by community. [From the soldiersheart.net]. Mil-Trees greatest desire is to welcome home our warriors not just by words, but by deeds.

The healing is for the whole community. As we learn more about each other we can help create more balance and more genuine understanding person to person, soul to soul.

Visit mil-tree.org for more information.

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