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Sister Veterans Matter!

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Raised by 9 people in 19 days
You are invited to help in creating a healing space for our Sister Veterans who have been suffering in silence from PTSD, pain and disconnection. Turtle Women Rising and Kenosis are joining forces to offer up tools shown to be effective in supporting health, wellbeing and a meaningful life. The gathering to teach these ways will be held August 2-5, 2018 in Twain Harte, CA, a beautiful setting in the central Sierra Nevada mountains.

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This is the story of my good friend Mary, a fellow soldier. It is because of her that I desire to support women Veterans find their way back and reclaim their voices. Mary was a lieutenant, quiet but funny when no one was around, of Jewish faith with lots of stories to share. 

The plan was that we were going to drive across country in our Harleys when we got home.  I had to leave before her due to surgery I had to have.  It was only a short wait, and she was supposed to let me know when she got home. 

I got an email one day explaining the date of her services. I called her family because I was confused about the message.  I was told that she had committed suicide and was found in her home having died a horrible death. That was my first experience of losing a good sister in that way. It’s been 12 years, and I remember her every day. I will always wonder what happened over there that led her to do that.

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This gathering is our vision toward healing…a vision for life:

Walking in Your Spiritual Authority: An Indigenous Remembering for Healing

Sharing of Medicine with Turtle Women Rising and  Kenosis for Indigenous Women Veterans,  August 2-5, 2018.

No cost to 10 participants, to include gathering, materials, lodging, food, travel and follow-up.
              
Purpose:  This gathering is a pilot program based on research and personal practice of techniques that clear the body, mind and spirit of harmful influences and support health and wellbeing.  We share these practices we use ourselves and with others. After the event, we will conduct an evaluation using assessment tools to determine the ongoing effect on the women who take part. From this process, we will make any useful changes to include in future gatherings for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.  
                                             
Our intent:

• Improve the quality of life for women Veterans; 
• Recognize a next step towards healing ourselves; 
• Actively heal historical traumas of violence 
    and acts of unspoken genocide;
• Work through the four hoops of life to help us better
    support family, community and Turtle Island;
• Plant seeds of wellness, responsibility, accountability
    and remembering of community strengths and 
    practices;
• Create a sacred circle for the heart and spirit to
    come together with the medicine of the drum, the
    voice of the Mother;
• Reclaim the voice, wisdom and strength of
    Indigenous values existing in our lineage;
• Ensure a better future for the next seven
    generations.

We find ourselves looking for ways to move forward without the use of too many medications and reject therapies that prove unsuccessful in many of our communities.

Kenosis offers a method that clears the brain and promotes healing for the body.

A set of simple, safe techniques called Brainsweep drastically reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with PTSD and other traumas. Working with the brain, these interventions interrupt triggers and dissipate automatic responses to stressors. Easy to learn, they’re meant to be self-administered whenever needed. There’s no need to disclose personal history, and healing results are experienced without medication or therapy.

Turtle Women Rising offers the medicine of the drum.

We will intertwine these medicine ways with the healing that arises from the voice of the Mother, who speaks to us through the drum. Our prayers connect with Her heartbeat and raises vibrations throughout our body. She brings about an opening of our heart center and blends with the spirit of each sister around the circle. An experience hard to explain, it can only be felt by the participant.

Science is just now catching up with what we Indigenous peoples have always known. Drumming elevates moods, intervenes with the use of numbing agents and guides us back to ourselves. With this life-changing experience that touches our core being, the Awakening happens.

They stood up for us. Let’s stand up for our sisters. 

Not one more suicide, please.

You are invited to help make this a reality. Please donate whatever you can to support this gathering and movement toward healing.

 Thanks so much for your support.

Kenosis Spirit Keepers is the fiscal sponsor for Turtle Women Rising. Your gracious donation is recognized as a charitable contribution by the State of Arizona, and by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3).

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In August 2016, the VA released a report Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001–2014 detailing these rates and trends:

• The suicide rate for the total U.S. Veteran population in 2014 was 35.6 per 100,000. In 2014, the suicide rate for women Veterans was 19 per 100,000, which was about half the male Veteran suicide rate of 37.2 per 100,000.

• From 2001 through 2014, the suicide rate among women Veterans increased to a greater degree (62.4 percent) than the suicide rate among male Veterans (29.7 percent).

• After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide in 2014 was 2.5 times higher among female Veterans compared with U.S. civilian adult women.


 

 




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Greetings, received our first donation, asking for the support of We the People. Thanking us for our service is great and now is the opportunity to be of real support and thank us for our service by helping us help our sister veterans. Add to your words of thankfulness any size donation is helpful, maybe you can donate 10 dollars and ask 10 people to help us out that we it is not over whelming to all as we are aware of the struggles people live with. It takes a village to help our community. Inviting you to be part of this relationship of building community. thanking you for taking the time to share this and your contribution that is tax deductible is appreciated.
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Starting a new go fund me page for a project to assist indigenous women veterans. Consider donating and share this with others. I am proud to be part of this endeavor and I hope that you help us out like that. In a time of great struggles in our nation, there is still a space to build bridges, support one another and show we care to those who have cared for all life. Peace
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