The mission of the Mindful Veteran Project
is to guide veterans in an orientation to
and in practical, simple, secular tools of mindfulness,
empowering them to cultivate their inner strengths,support their own well-being,
participate in their own healing process,
explore new possibilities,
and enjoy the highest possible quality of life
to Be Free, Be Well, and Be Whole in their daily lives.
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We do more than support surviving;
we empower veterans to thrive and lead rich, fulfilling lives.
Beyond the core of our mindfulness workshops, our programs connect veterans (as well as Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve members, their family members, service/care providers, and the support community) in endless creative ways
to resources and possibilities
that dramatically ease the suffering and despair that drive over 22 veterans
in this country
to take their own lives every day.
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You won't feel trapped,
stuck, at the end
of your rope if you
possibilities with us!
Our services are free of charge to the military-connected population. We travel throughout Southern California to reach veterans where they are, hosting regular events at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, Pasadena American Legions, Brentwood Presbyterian Church (walking distance from the West LA VA), Vet Centers, VOALA facilities, US Vets, & on Skid Row. MVP also hosts a wide variety of one-time events, collaborating with many other veteran service organizations to co-host special Stand Downs, Resource Fairs, Conferences, Holiday Recognitions, Summits, April: Month of the Military Child events, & more.
Call us at 818.616.2931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on accessing these events via technology
in partnership with a woman veteran's organization - Ascended Warrior
schedule of regular monthly events around the Greater Los Angeles Area
special event in honor of Women's History Month
film screening in Pasadena
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No one ever told me I wasn't broken. I never heard that before you said that to me. You let me know it was ok to feel what I feel and accept me as me.
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Because of you I'm not in jail. All those anger management classes they made me take wasn't doing nothing for me. I got angry and I exploded and I got locked up. This time, a guy got me plenty angry but I noticed I had my fist balled up and was raising it. It was just long enough to think about what we been working on in our classes and make my "wise choice." The look I gave that dude could have decked him. But I put my fist down, turned around, and I walked and I breathed, and I walked and I noticed, and I walked and I paid attention. And I'm not in jail this time. That's new.
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I finally had a decent night's sleep after one of your classes. I hope it's ok to say this, but I think I kind of fell asleep when you did that guided tour of our bodies practice. Maybe it wasn't facing all the pain like you talk about it, but it sure was better than being kept awake and tortured by it. I can start with that, no problem.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for saving me from being the parent I swore I would never be. I promised myself I would NEVER treat my kids the way I was treated. And then it was like a nightmare watching myself take out all my rage and frustration on these poor little ones. You know the heartbreak of seeing fear for you in your own babies' eyes? And then of hating yourself for what you do? That's all over now. Thanks to MVP I have plenty of tools to use to make sure that ugly family tradition is dead and gone.
Greetings fellow sisters and brothers in arms. It was not all that long ago that I thought peace in the moment - when it is needed most instead of allowing fear and anger to control me - would forever elude me. I have been enslaved by my feelings for most of my life and had to numb myself from too much inner and outer chaos.
The Mindful Veteran Project has changed my life. They gave me more than hope. They gave me tools, simple techniques to bring some manageability to my life.
If you are out there wishing you could get out of the rut of a reactionary existence, you owe it to yourself to give it a try, attend the groups, and practice the simple methods. I am deeply grateful for these people and sincerely believe that what they offer will also serve you well. Semper Fi!
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I know you don't make any big claims or promises but you're saving lives. Maybe you don't know this, but you've saved my life many times. Not because you're there literally, you know, physically pulling me back but because the voice of the mindfulness you've been teaching me has gotten louder than the voice of despair and suicide ideas that still come at me. When I "hear" the thought that climbing onto the roof and jumping off is a good end to suffering, I "hear" even louder "This is me and this is a physical sensation I'm experiencing. This is me and this is an emotion coming up. This is me and this is a thought going through my head." And, like you've trained me, from my awareness, I get to "choose the relationship I want to have with this thing. I get to make a wise choice." And you've empowered me not to be a victim of that crazy thought. That's real suicide prevention. And sanity. And dignity. And strength.
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My child has never been able to identify her emotions before. She'd end up freaked out about being freaked out and then get freaked out about that. Hearing her tell you the name of a feeling and where she felt it in her body and how it changed while she paid attention to it was unreal!
I didn't think it was possible to feel so unstressed and not keyed up after what I been through. I feel my healing beginning already and we just started.
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I was chemically changed by my pain. I self-medicated and isolated. I had no chance and could have taken myself out easily. You can't change that on your own, without help; you need support. With your help, I've found lessons and blessings in the pain and darkness. There's freedom in that. I have promise in my future.
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I was so ****ing resistant to this when I started and kept telling you it was pure B.S. Whatever kept me showing up... that was... so I have to apologize. Every time I went to this place for services, I felt like killing people there. I could barely hold myself back and stormed out most of the times without what I came for. This time I made it all the way through, got what I needed; I didn't kill or even shout at anybody. I can come back to this class instead of you visiting me in jail. That's proof that this isn't B.S.
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I don't think you know what a giant thing you did for me. People have all kinds of fancy titles and important job descriptions but, me, I'm just a wife and mother. Of course I take care of my family. You made me understand how I need to give myself credit for being a caregiver to a disabled veteran. I see how you honor and support me in that very important job. And you showed me other resources that do that, too. You do so much more than people think!
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They should make your program mandatory here. Too many of the guys just shuffle off to their rooms and isolate and numb out after dinner. Your classes are awesome and everyone should be taking them. They just don't know until they try it. Can't they make them mandatory? This is the best thing happening here. It's the only thing that isn't nonsense. We need you here more than once a month, too.
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Thank you with all my heart for what you have taught me. It has been super important as I finally deal with my TBI. It hasn't been easy. I see how mindfulness enhances my thinking process and helps me work through some very heavy stuff.
to make a tax-deductible donation by check
please mail it to:
Mindful Veteran Project/Community Partners
P.O. Box 741265
Los Angeles, CA 90074-1265
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