Our military veterans can offer the local community examples on how they face leadership roles and life’s fears. They too need to be supported and embraced by the community as life’s battles come in all colors, shapes and sizes. To gain strength and understanding from each other in doing healthy activities and programs together, shared unifying and supportive experiences are brought home.
Using the real neighborhoods of our lives as an adapted RISK board game the Family identifies their strengths and weaknesses, and how conflict situations and their healthy resolutions might be achieved. In determining paths to win that day’s life battle, and working together to achieve this satisfactorily, is a process of trial and error. With the help of LHI’s Bench W veterans family manor as a SE Chicago candidate site for DePaul University’s Multi-Faith Veterans Support Project (MVP) the tools and moral injury learning dialogue for healing and leadership as a family exist.
With those from Southeast Chicago’s American Legion Posts 220, 1238, 388 and others, the SE Chicago Vietnam Veterans and veteran clubs connected to post-secondary schools, Our VET This! Family addresses these needs and concerns. Have those who’ve served as leaders and mentors, participants are encouraged to take risks and meet challenges to create innovative means to move forward while at the same time build unity and purpose with others in their families, communities, churches and schools.