We support Gen. Bernard E. Trainor’s insight on returning veterans (“Sharing War, Sharing Peace,” Jan. 12 Forum) that “often the best medicine for bruised bodies and psyches is communion with those who have supped from the same bitter cup.” For this reason, we started Women Veterans of FOB Pittsburgh (www.meetup.com), a veteran-led social group.
Responding to the needs of an increasing number of female veterans, we launched the Women Veterans and Military Families Program in 2012. The program brings visibility, voice and healing to women veterans and service members, supporting their unique needs before, during and after deployments as we build bridges between the military and civilian communities.
We serve women vets and military families with counseling and social services. When the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment requested respite care for the autistic child of a disabled female vet needing surgery, we found a number of civilian and military resources for her within two days. We’ve supported military families struggling with reintegration, military sexual trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, finances, difficult family situations, homelessness and other issues to connect with resources they need in both the military and civilian communities. A homeless and unemployed female veteran I met last year now has a home, a part-time job, is starting school and wants to volunteer with us.
Please share this information with your veteran friends, family and neighbors (www.balancedheart.org/womenveterans). We are here to serve them as they served us.
Balanced Heart Healing Center
Women Veterans and Military Families Program