Music Therapy Helping Marines

Each year thousands of members of the U.S. Armed Forces suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While most TBIs are mild, severe cases can be debilitating both mentally and physically. At Camp Pendleton’s Intrepid Spirit Center, marines are undergoing evidence-based music therapy to treat TBI’s. Working with a board-certified music therapist, sessions help with cognition, memory attention, emotional processing, fine Read More

HEALING THE SCARS

Army veteran uses art to cope with PTSD RYAN WILUSZ Staff Writer   Jan 2, 2018   It felt like a punch to the gut. James Gillon stepped off the plane in 2009 and felt the dry Afghanistan heat bombard his 19-year-old face like an enemy attack. But even more than the heat, he felt uncertain Read More

Students invite veterans to ‘Message of a Mask’ event

ELKO — Everybody has a different story and there are many ways to tell it. That’s the idea that Elko County School District educators, partnered with Great Basin College and the Veterans Resource Center, are conveying to students and veterans alike this January. The Veterans and Students: Message of a Mask event will be held Read More

OPERATION A.R.T.

Artistry • Reconnection • Transformation

A.R.T. always tells a story. A.R.T. is a way to share without speaking. In 2017, The Joel Fund began collaborating with local art centers to bring art classes to the veterans in their communities.  This year, the program has expanded to include the veteran’s family members.  Operation A.R.T. students will have the opportunity to be introduced to a new art medium or continue developing skills in a known medium.  

“I’ve really enjoyed taking the painting classes through Operation A.R.T. The classes have not only been very therapeutic, but they have inspired me to paint again.”  P.E. – Veteran


OPERATION ART CLASSES

PHOTOGRAPHY I
Are you interested in having a basic understand of a digital camera and basic shooting techniques?  This class will help
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PHOTOGRAPHY II
Photography II Location: TBD 5-week class: dates TBD Are you interested in taking your photographic skills to another level?  In
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FOUNDATIONS TO DRAWING & PAINTING
Foundations to Drawing & Painting Location: TBD 6-week class: dates TBD Have you always had an interest in art but
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HEROIC MASKS OF SCULPEY
Heroic Masks of Sculpey Location: TBD 6-week class: dates TBD For millennia, masks have provided humanity with the means to
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Donations for the VA Hospital in Durham

     This November, The Joel Fund worked with several businesses in downtown Wake Forest to collect items for the VA Hospital in Durham. The hospital was in need of a variety of items from sweatshirts to coffee cups to decks of cards. These amazing businesses helped us collect a trunk load of items for Read More

Fair Winds and Following Seas

ANOTHER LEGACY INSERTS UNDER THE PEARLY GATES. JOE, YOU ARE RELIEVED OF THE WATCH; WE HAVE THE WATCH. FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS MATE, YOU WILL BE MISSED BY THOSE WHO ARE NEVER OUT OF THE FIGHT. LONG LIVE THE BROTHERHOOD. SEE YOU IN FORT PIERCE, 2015. These words came to me in an email Read More

Giving Time

“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.  Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” – Unknown I always remember my dad wearing his diving watch. He never took it off. As a child, I remember studying the watch because Read More

What Someone Who Struggles With Mental Illness Wants You To Know

What Someone Who Struggles With Mental Illness Wants You To Know By GREATIST on July 18, 2016   People who have struggled with mental illness share the things they want their significant other to know. Editor’s Note: This article written by Alex Dunne was originally published on Greatist, a digital publication committed to happy and healthy lifestyle choices.   Read More

Majority Of Veteran Suicides Are 50 And Older And We Don’t Know Why

Majority Of Veteran Suicides Are 50 And Older And We Don’t Know Why By TOM BERGER on July 8, 2016      These are deeply disturbing statistics, especially for the Vietnam cohort. On July 7, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veterans’ suicides, based upon examination of over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014 Read More