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Dec 05, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

This Amazing Group Helps Heal Combat Veterans And First Responders In A Powerful Way

Anyone who has been, or loved, a combat veteran or first responder, knows the pain that comes with the job. They see the things that we are insulated from in life, sometimes horrific, sometimes unspeakably tragic. The trauma that comes with handling such things can last long after deployment ends, but mainstream supports are only addressing the surface issues in the mind and body.

One organization, however, is making a deep, powerful difference in the lives of those who've served. 

REBOOT Alliance offers these men and women "hope after trauma" with their incredible faith-based program, their website says. "Too often, the first to respond to the needs of others are the last to seek help for themselves following a traumatic event," but REBOOT is changing that in an incredible way.

According to their website, REBOOT offers courses "designed to help combat veterans and their families recover from the spiritual and moral wounds of war," rather than pretending those wounds aren't there. Since 2011, they've helped thousands do just that.

Their twin program for first responders (FR) "specifically addresses the critical incident stress and trauma faced by those in the law enforcement, firefighter, EMS, 911 communications, hospital emergency staff, and corrections communities," the website continues.

What's best of all? The private, peer-led programs which blend "clinical insight with Christian faith-based support" serves the entire family of the veteran or FR, and is offered at no cost to participants.

REBOOT first began as a small group meeting in 2011 in the home of occupational therapist Dr. Jenny Owens and her husband, Evan. Since then, it has grown to hundreds of courses, helping thousands of men, women, and their families across the United States.

“All of our courses are free to any combat veteran and their spouse and we provide meals and childcare and really take a look at...how we can heal our souls from the trauma that we may sustain when we go through traumatic experiences downrange on deployments," " Evan Owens said in an interview with PureFlix.

“When any of us go through any traumatic experience...it's really a catalyst for a conversation about faith,” Owens added, noting the failure of secular and mainstream options for vets and FRs to address the soul of the person, not just their body and mind.

"We're a community first and a course second," Owens explained. "We look at what can God teach us about the human spirit and the wounding and healing of that spirit.”

To learn more about how you or a loved one can seek help with spiritual recovery after combat or occupation-related trauma, visit REBOOT Alliance, and remember that God is never too far away to reach you where you are.

 



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