Vets Journey Home is a unique weekend program for veterans, designed to help heal the emotional wounds of military service. The program was created in 1989 as The Bamboo Bridge, co-founded by VietNam veteran Christan Kramer, and a Sergeant Majorâ€™s daughter, Patricia Clason. They were committed to giving VietNam veterans the Welcome Home they deserved and helping them heal their hearts and bring peace to their souls.
Combat veterans, peace-time veterans, in-country or mainland, any time or engagement. Any veteran, male or female, still feeling emotional pain connected to military service is welcomed to the Vets Journey Home.
Often when a vet comes home from war, people ask â€œhow was itâ€ when the vet begins to talk about the pain that sits on their hearts, it gets to be too much to share, So it gets stuffed down. This can lead to drinking, drugs, lack of intimacy.
Staffed by graduates of the program and civilians who are willing to listen to the stories and be present with them while they share the pain and the story. This listening allows the vet to experience unconditional regard and acceptance, making it safe to open up even the deepest story, knowing it will truly be heard and not judged.
It takes the large group of caring individuals to â€œholdâ€ that deep pain â€“ because of the group, healing can occur that often takes much longer in a one-on-one therapy relationship.
The result is a coming home to the heart, an emotional healing.
Many of the vets who attend VJH develop a deep bond with their fellow participants.