Who are we?
The VRC is a 501 (c)3 non-profit tax-exempt charity and a Washington State educational and charitable corporation. Its mission is to promote community-based efforts to heal the effects of war on veterans, their families and communities. It is inspired in part by Dr. Ed Tick's work and book, War and the Soul, and to some degree modeled on his Soldier's Heart project.
As a community supported veterans' service organization, the VRC aims to provide: advocacy, outreach, resource development and access mapping, social networking, facilitated peer groups, mentoring, experiential learning, collaborative community connections, liaison, emotional and social support, and public education regarding healing the invisible effects of war.
We also draw on the generous and heart-felt involvement of many diverse, skilled, creative and generally talented people who make Whidbey Island home.
Our Goals Include
- Acknowledge the uniqueness of combat trauma and its effects on Veterans and their families and communities
- "Do no harm" while healing the wounds of war
- Provide a safe portal through which the returning combat veteran will be able to come "all the way home"
- Foster mutual education and support for all participants
- Strategize maximum availability, efficiency and effectiveness of programs
- Network with existing Veteran organizations, community groups and churches
- Advocate for Veterans in the area of medical and mental health services, disability and educational benefits as well as family cohesiveness and healing
- Create and operate a safe and inviting activity center site that respects diversity, nurtures trust and provides reintegration opportunities within a community context
- Gather and make available, to the public and to the service provider community, current research and resource materials in the fields of combat related trauma and healing including a library of relevant books, movies, music and resources
- Offer safe socialization, mentored and other learning opportunities and referrals for veterans and their families who would benefit from more individual or community support and interaction
- Educate the community and project volunteers about current growing edge research regarding the invisible wounds of combat, resiliency and reintegration
Where We Are and What We Do
The Veterans Resource Center, located in Freeland, WA. (on Whidbey Island), provides a safe portal through which the returning combat veteran can build resiliency, increase access to and use of internal and external resources, and reintegrate into family and community life. Our programs foster mutual education and support for all participants.
- We network with existing Veteran service organizations, community groups and churches to reach out to veterans and their families in need.
- We provide information, referral and advocacy services for all veterans who request support in the area of medical and mental health services, disability and educational benefits as well as related issues.