Ten years of war carry significant national consequences. The trauma of war and loss reaches beyond the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan and into the homes of our military families. The historic rate of military suicide, depression and mental illness, broken marriages, and other challenges evidence a tragic, national crisis.
The absence of community creates a dangerous void that can imperil or undermine the stability and ongoing recovery of those impacted by trauma and loss. Bastion will be a place where each member actively participates in such a way that the community becomes the first provider of service and support for its members. Think community as intervention.
The Generations of Hope Community (GHC) model of intentional, intergenerational community can provide our veterans and military families with a supportive environment. The ultimate goal of Bastion is to strengthen resilience and reduce trauma by realizing the full potential of previously untapped human capital.
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