Carl Salazar, US Navy Veteran and founder of Expedition Balance writes:
I got the call around 11:00. The number wasn’t familiar and I let it ring. A few minutes later, I listened to the message. Her words reminded me of the other callers – mothers, wives, and Vets. I could hear their voices. This time it was the wife of a Vet. Her husband served in Afghanistan and suffered from PTSD. Like most things, this condition varies by degree. On the mild side, you might have headaches and nightmares. At it’s worst, PTSD destroys lives. It inflicts through drug & alcohol abuse, homelessness, violence, suicide. For the kids who go out and fight our wars – and their families – their lives are the price of our freedom. They are never the same again.
I’m urging you to go over and read the rest of his piece over on tumblr. Carl is in the good fight like the rest of us. Please tell people (or apply yourself) for one of the slots at the Expedition Balance retreat on May 16-19 for a few days of yoga, meditation, and the added physical challenges of hiking, a bit of horseback riding, archery, and an obstacle course that you have not seen since Boyscout bootcamp. Check out this post about one participant’s experience.
It’s fun, it’s building a small community, a chance to break beyond those four walls whether physical or mental, and be a part of something that will give you what you deserve –freedom from worry and fear, and most of all, a few days of fun. When you leave, you’ll have re-found your balance.
- What: Expedition Balance Veterans Retreat
- Where: Texas, about 2 hours outside of Houston
- Cost: Free
- Who: Expedition Balance (founded by a veteran, created by veterans for veterans)
- Sign up where: Right here
- If you haven’t done yoga: that’s okay. Most people in the world haven’t done it either. Go, have fun. Try it!
- If you can’t go, then consider donating to keep the organization going. If you want to find free yoga in your area, go to Yoga For Vets.