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Making Space for Veterans Stories

PROJECTS

  1. Veterans Theater
  2. Legacy Ranch
  3. Big Story Conference

How you can help: Click on GoFundMe - thank you!

 

 

We continue to do fund raising with our plays, and with CrowdSource at GoFundMe.com/mol1wc to cover costs of each next play, and setting up or 501 (c) 3 called "Veterans Theater Foundation" Veterans Theater is one of its four main programs. Thank you for your continuing support.


 

We are talking with homeless veterans and the homeless community of New Mexico to come up with the stories that are the basis for the theater plays. Veterans and homeless act out their own stories in the plays, and turn their stories into theater performances for paying audiences. The plays lace serious topics with humor, and end with problems solving discussions with the audience.

  1. Fact: HUD estimates 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night” (But, this does not count the hidden homeless veterans couch surfing, ling out of cars, etc.); Fact: 23% are military veterans are homeless, and that means closer to 805,000 rather than the HUD estimate.
  2. Fact: Another 1. 5 million other veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans).

 

The VETERANS THEATER PROJECT:

Our project is creating economic sustainability for Las Cruces homeless veterans in transitional living at Oak St. start their own business. We are doing this by fund raising events and by crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is a way social entrepreneurs process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by seeking contributions from a large group of people. Here is a YouTube of a rehearsal of Act IV: ‘Why VA if Full of Madness'

 

√ How Veterans' Theater Foundation got started

 

BIG Story Conference (http://bigstoryconference.com) connects academic scholars with something to say about 'antenarrative' research, theory, and method to corporate applications of 'antenarrative'. This includes the antenarratives below the surface of narratives about homeless and veterans. Antenarratives get at a heart-of-care of a society for its veterans and homeless. Big Story Conference, and other activities described next, raises money to support the next three programs.

Legacy Ranch is a concept created by board member, Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome. It is initially one, and in the long-term several ranches dedicated to services and ongoing research that help veterans (& their family members) make the transition after deployment to sustainable- economics, living, health, and community participation. One of the activities is equine-assisted care for veterans (and family members) using groundwork. Veterans and family members stay in cabins for weekend, week-long, or month-long decompression activities. Decompression means being in nature, being with animals, and being with family and friends to decompress after combat or post-combat military experiences. The purpose is to help veterans and family members who experience the stress of deployment to reintegrate. Another activity is 'embodied restory process' that is part of 'material storytelling'. Material storytelling uses sandtray events, and can include equine-arena work, where material objects are places in a space, by facilitators and/or by veterans (& family members) to depict their past, present, and future. Other activities include working with nature, with ranch animals, and having counselors available for confidential help with veteran and family issues.

Legacy Ranch is a concept created by board member, Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome. It is initially one, and in the long-term several ranches dedicated to services and ongoing research that help veterans (& their family members) make the transition after deployment to sustainable- economics, living, health, and community participation. One of the activities is equine-assisted care for veterans (and family members) using groundwork. Veterans and family members stay in cabins for weekend, week-long, or month-long decompression activities. Decompression means being in nature, being with animals, and being with family and friends to decompress after combat or post-combat military experiences. The purpose is to help veterans and family members who experience the stress of deployment to reintegrate. Another activity is 'embodied restory process' that is part of 'material storytelling'. Material storytelling uses sandtray events, and can include equine-arena work, where material objects are places in a space, by facilitators and/or by veterans (& family members) to depict their past, present, and future. Other activities include working with nature, with ranch animals, and having counselors available for confidential help with veteran and family issues.

 


 

 

 

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