• Clay Worley, MS posted an update in the group Group logo of HELPING VETERANS HEALHELPING VETERANS HEAL 4 years, 1 month ago

    In the end, we raised a total of $860.00! That includes money donated to WWP on our behalf in another portal. Thank you very much for your support of the project. It was more than worth the time and effort we dedicated to the cause. If you think of other initiatives that can help veterans heal, then please let us know.

    • Question. We have veterans in need and you haven’t offered to help any yet you post about it I’m confused. We could use some of that large amount to help so many as 100% raised goes to the veterans

      • Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you asked. I took the initiative to fund and host a fitness workshop open to the public and especially veterans as well as their families. I’ve led studies since before my return from Iraq that martial arts can help veterans coping with PTSD. There have been several internationally published magazine articles about my work in this regard. With that said, a friend of mine was already hosting a former UFC fighter to teach a workshop at his school. He owed me a favor and offered the chance to share the former UFC fighter’s knowledge with my students. Rather than host a workshop and keep the profits for myself, I decided to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). My small business paid for the training area, brought all the mats, and paid for the liability insurance as well as some advertising. This was all set in motion before I joined this forum.

        Knowing that there are many active channels of support to veterans, like yours, WWP is one of those with a similar purpose. Sensing that we are all trying our best to help veterans in every way we can, whether directly through this forum or not, I presumed that sharing this information would be well received. Overall, it has been well received. Per the prior agreement with WWP, money raised in support of the workshop was earmarked for WWP exclusively. In return, my team was allowed to use their marketing logo, fundraising infrastructure, etc. So, none of that money was ever coming to Valor for Veterans, nor was any such commitment ever made. Anyone in this forum who wanted to participate in the workshop or knew someone that might want to participate in the workshop to get some good training, fellowship, have fun, and gain ground in recovering from maladies like PTSD was welcome to join us. In fact, we would have been glad to see you. With that said, I’m happy to host another event where the proceeds could be dedicated to Valor for Veterans. If that is something that interests you, then please give me a call. 27849598_1967953093234180_888197879_n

        Clay Worley, MS posted a new activity comment
        Thanks for the feedback. I\'m glad you asked. I took the initiative to fund and host a fitness workshop open to the public and especially veterans as well as their families. I\'ve led studies since before my return from Iraq that martial arts can help veterans coping with PTSD. There have been several internationally published magazine articles about my work in this regard. With that said, a friend of mine was already hosting a former UFC fighter to teach a workshop at his school. He owed me a favor and offered the chance to share the former UFC fighter\'s knowledge with my students. Rather than host a workshop and keep the profits for myself, I decided to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). My small business paid for the training area, brought all the mats, and paid for the liability insurance as well as some advertising. This was all set in motion before I joined this forum. Knowing that there are many active channels of support to veterans, like yours, WWP is one of those with a similar purpose. Sensing that we are all trying our best to help veterans in every way we can, whether directly through this forum or not, I presumed that sharing this information would be well received. Overall, it has been well received. Per the prior agreement with WWP, money raised in support of the workshop was earmarked for WWP exclusively. In return, my team was allowed to use their marketing logo, fundraising infrastructure, etc. So, none of that money was ever coming to Valor for Veterans, nor was any such commitment ever made. Anyone in this forum who wanted to participate in the workshop or knew someone that might want to participate in the workshop to get some good training, fellowship, have fun, and gain ground in recovering from maladies like PTSD was welcome to join us. In fact, we would have been glad to see you. With that said, I\'m happy to host another event where the proceeds could be dedicated to Valor for Veterans. If that is something that interests you, then please give me a call. 27849598_1967953093234180_888197879_n
        Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you asked. I took the initiative to fund and host a fitness
        • We would love to have you help the veterans on our list. My number is 303-324-7096. Let’s talk!

          • Team, I just had the pleasure of speaking to Tracey for the first time. We played a little bit of phone tag, and in doing so, I could already tell by the positive tone in her voicemail recording that she is an amazing person. Spending some quality time with her by phone today while she tacked her horse, I am now convinced of her awesome nature. I am inspired, and I will do my best to help in any way that I can.