Operation: Support Ted Bookless


Operation: Support Ted Bookless - 06-07 July 2019

Project tasks: weed eat drive way, weed eat the sloping yard bellow the side and back of the house, expand the road going up to Teds shop by brush clearing, weed eating.

Volunteers: Cruz Mendoza and Dino, Dan Adams, Katie Clark, Ava Chavez, James Steiner, Rick, Thomas Holmes, Greg Owens and girlfriend.

Ted was extremely satisfied with the support, Morale stayed consistent all the way through to the second day.

Over all it was a huge success. Therapy of accomplishing a task as a unit, was extremely rewarding in mind and body.

Mt. Spokane March 9th, 2019

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Travis Fletcher, VCR Team Member,

It was a beautiful day on Mount Spokane where winters cold grasp begins to loosen into the gentleness of spring. Mt Spokane partnered with Veterans Community Response to bring smiles and goggle tans to 43 local veterans and their families. The days theme was people helping people; seen through first timers on the bunny hill working with the ski/board instructors and new friendships crystallized in the cold lines of the groomers. The vast terrain offered those willing to explore hidden powder stashes splashed with sunshine. 

Mount Spokane's management, the employees in the lodge, ski patrol, the amazing ski & snowboard instructors were all professional and friendly throughout the day. A big thank you from Veteran's Community Response and local veterans to Mount Spokane ski and snowboard park! We are looking forward to making turns and continuing to build our community next year.

Swanson Lodge Retreat


This year’s Clinicians Retreat was attended by 8 trauma clinicians (4 Vet Center, 1 VAMC, 3 Private Practice) and 2 interns, all who work with combat Veterans.  The first day of the retreat (Friday) started with lunch and an informal “meet and greet”.  This was followed by facilitated introduction activities which encouraged more in-depth sharing.  This was followed by participation in a Native American Sweat Lodge Healing Ceremony with a focus on clinicians off-loading many of the toxins they had picked up along the way in their clinical work.  Following the sweat, participants partook in a taco bar and a bit of down time.  The day ended with a “Fire Circle” group dynamic that included intention-setting and an encouragement for open sharing, something often difficult for clinicians.

Saturday started with stretches and movement entitled  “Morning Mobility”.  After breakfast, participants traveled to Kootenai Falls and suspension bridge for a spectacular hike, sack lunches in hand.  Upon return from the hike in early afternoon, participants were invited to observe and participate in a naming ceremony for Dante and Terra’s son, Sandro, who now also bears the name, Little Badger.  Once this ceremony concluded, clinicians were invited to participate in a collage art project.  In this project, these practitioners were encouraged to divide their poster board into four segments: Who they really are, why they became clinicians, ways in which the work has affected them, what next steps in personal growth and wellness look like for them as individuals.  After these collages were completed, a number of clinicians participated in a second Native American sweat lodge, again with an emphasis on personal healing.  Dinner followed soon thereafter.  That evening, another “Fire Circle” group dynamic took place with an emphasis on clinicians sharing their collage art projects. This task led into deeper processing and discussion.

Sunday morning again started with morning mobility and breakfast.  After breaking camp, participants convoyed to Ross Creek Cedar Grove for a nature walk amongst giant cedars and rock alters.