Heroes and Healthy Families:

The Heroes and Healthy Families program is an innovative, comprehensive and critically needed program that trains military personnel and their families to recognize and respond to combat stress disorder and family violence, thereby reducing the physical and psychological trauma experienced by military personnel and their families. This unprecedented program, developed in 2004 by civilian and military experts, offers advanced training delivered on base to help returning military personnel process their experience and readjust to everyday life. To date, seven day-long conferences have been held for active duty Marine and Sailors and their spouses reaching over 6000 people. These seminars have been widely accepted by military leaders throughout Southern California and the program has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The war in the Middle East has created many challenges for our military families.  Chief among them is the multiple deployments that the Marines, Navy personnel and their families are enduring with little turnaround time. The stress experienced today by Marines and Navy personnel and their families is in some ways unique.  Repeated deployments have created a greater impact on our warriors and their families than those encountered in the past. The ultimate goal of the program is to insure that every returning veteran has the opportunity to experience a happy and healthy reunion and successfully rejoin a grateful community.

Veterans for Common Sense:

Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) was formed in August 2002 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization by war veterans who believe that we, the people of the United States of America, are most secure when our country is free, strong, and responsibly engaged with the world. Our mission, based on the pragmatic ideals of the American patriot Thomas Paine, is to raise the unique and powerful voices of veterans so that our military, veterans, freedom, and national security are protected and enhanced, for ourselves and for future generations.

Veterans for Common Sense is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We are supported primarily by individuals by individual donations from our members, with additional funding from The Ford Foundation and The Ploughshares Fun: Investing in Peace and Security Worldwide.


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