The statistics are staggering… 22 Veterans take their lives every day due to PTSD and that number for First Responders is growing at an alarming rate! Many of these Heroes struggle with higher divorce rates, addictions and homelessness. Operation Safe Haven is changing that by providing hope!
There's a new volunteer initiative seeking to make that hope easier to acquire for our heroes, but this initiative is more than just statistics… it’s personal.
Donnie knows firsthand what these heroes are going through. As a veteran and former police officer diagnosed with Complex PTSD, Donnie has struggled with addiction, shame, anxiety, depression, anger and thoughts of suicide. Not knowing where to turn, he just thought something was wrong with him and this was how life was just going to be… hopeless.
For many veterans and first responders, sometimes all you need is a quiet place of solitude and reflection to get squared away. Whether it's hiking in the woods, spending an afternoon fishing on a tranquil lake, or passing the time indoors with a few hot meals and a comfortable bed. For some it’s the camaraderie of “battle buddies” and “foxhole friends” that is missing. Whatever the remedy may be, Operation Safe Haven wants to help make a difference.
Through donations and volunteers, Operation Safe Haven is providing hope in many forms. For some, it’s simply housing. Whether it’s the 300-square-foot micro-houses that are available on our 277 acre property with a 65 acre lake in Franklinville NJ or our apartments that will be available soon in Millville NJ. Simply having a roof over their heads is the first step in getting "squared away".
But housing is just a small part of what Operation Safe Haven is offering Veterans and First Responders. Other services that are provided or will be provided are:
· Service Dogs
· Equine Therapy
· Peer-to-Peer Counseling
· Counseling/Life Coach
· Physical Therapy/Yoga
· Job Training/Placement
· Financial Planning/Assistance
· Retreat Center in Franklinville NJ with hiking, fishing, camping and much more…
It's a true community effort to give back to the men and women who often sacrifice so much in service to their country.
"Never leave someone behind. That was our pledge in the military and as a police officer. When you retire or move on, that pledge doesn’t go away," said Donnie. "We're fighting for those who fought for us."
USAF Veteran 1993 – 1997
Former Police Offer - Prince George's County MD
Founder and President
Operation Safe Haven