Published in: The Scuttlebutt, May 2016 Edition, page 19
By Monique N. Rodriguez, MSWApril 16, 2016
Jessica and Shawntiasha spent a casual Tuesday working out at a local gym, along side was Jessica’s four year old daughter, watching two women Veterans motivate each other. As they talked, exercised, and inspired one another through the workout session, little did the bystanders know that they had just met three days prior where their friendship was created.
They met at Grace After Fire’s Women Veterans Spring Retreat. They were among 19 women Veterans plus staff to take a bus tour through Texas with stops in Houston and San Antonio with the final destination to a private ranch in Central Texas. Two women Veterans drove into together from Dallas to meet the group. Everyone arrived on Friday, April 1st with a welcome briefing from both Grace After Fire and the Ranch staff. Shortly afterwards, Jessica and Shawntiasha, along with the other women Veterans, sat down to eat for dinner. The two women began to learn more about each other. They soon realized how much they had in common, living in the same city, living only a few minutes apart yet now meeting hours from Houston. Once nightfall fell, the wind picked up, and the temperatures dropped, the women Veterans along with the staff spent several hours by a campfire, sitting on beach chairs, covered in warm blankets, underneath a pavilion while snacking on self-made warm s’mores. The Grace After Fire staff led a conversation allowing each woman Veteran the opportunity to introduce themselves including their military background, why they decided to attend the retreat, and what they hope to gain from the experience. The campfire conversation was filled with personal stories of struggle, tragedy, strength, courage, and motivation to heal. The light from the embers of the fire, the stillness of the night, and the twinkle of the stars created a surreal environment for all the visiting city dwellers.
Read more: Grace After Fire's Women Veterans Spring Retreat Creates New Friendships
In this episode, The Pulse Radio discusses mental health and Veterans with Army Specialist, Monique Rodriguez of Grace After Fire.
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