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“The FreedOM Project integrates yoga, meditation, health and wellness into the lives of active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses to provide a platform for healing and resilience, and enhance overall well-being.

 

More than 2.3 million US veterans have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is estimated that 20 percent of these veterans suffer from some level of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and a published report by the Department of Veteran Affairs says that at least 22 US veterans take their own lives every single day.

 

While psychotherapy and prescription antidepressants have been the common treatment protocol for our veterans, a new approach is gaining momentum, yoga and meditation.  A growing number of studies suggest that yoga and meditation practices may help alleviate many of the psychological, physiological, and behavioral symptoms of PTS and TBI.  Over the years we've tragically lost so many members of our military overseas, but what we are forgetting is that the fight continues when these heroes return home.

 

In the summer of 2015, the Duskin and Stephens Foundation was approached by a fellow soldier, Alex Horton, who wanted to have a yoga event to celebrate the lives of her teammates 1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf and 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno who were both killed in action.  Ashley was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 22, 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device and Jennifer was killed in action Oct. 6, 2013, by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.  DSF thought this would be a great opportunity to bring the military and civilian communities together in the backyard of our Special Operations Forces; Pinehurst, North Carolina to honor the lives of Ashley and Jennifer and help our heroes heal, both from the wounds we can see and the wounds that we cannot.  “The best way to honor our fallen brothers and sisters is by caring for the soul within the warrior,” said Alex.

 

Please keep watch for our next opportunities to support, participate, and heal through the power of yoga.”

 

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"BIG MIKE" DUSKIN

 RILEY STEPHENS

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