2012-09-14 / Maine

Retreat for veterans and families struggling with PTSD and traumatic brain injury

HARPSWELL — Embrace A Vet and Cardinal Retreats will host Maine veterans who are living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury, and their significant others, at a week-long retreat opening Sept. 22.

The community is invited to participate in the opening Color Guard Ceremony which will officially welcome the veterans to the residential retreat program at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the home of retired Admiral Gregory and Joy Johnson, 69 Shore Road, off the Cundy’s Harbor Road.

Candace Green of Camden, founder and executive director of Cardinal Retreats, is the director and lead therapist for the retreat. She has over 25 years experience as an expert in the field of personal and group transformation, a news release said. She has worked with veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The only requirement for participation is that each veteran is accompanied by a family member, loved one, or close friend.

“Including both the veteran and significant other in the entire educational and therapeutic process is a unique approach to healing the effects of war on couples, families and communities. A cadre of practitioners will also staff the event, offering complementary alternative modalities to include: acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, woodcarving, art therapy, yoga and Native American ceremony. There will also be recreational opportunities including hiking and kayaking

This is the first major project for the newly founded Embrace A Vet, whose mission is to offer direct and supportive services to veterans in Maine living with PTSD and/or TBI.

For more information about Emrace A Vet, call Joy Johnson at 720-0225.

For more information about Cardinal Retreats, visit www.cardinalretreats.org.

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