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Warrior's Hope Featured in Indy South Magazine

posted Jun 26, 2015, 12:02 PM by Webmaster Warrior's Hope
“A lot of them tried, and I’ve got the scars to prove it, but I wasn’t going to give up. Only God could knock the chip off my shoulder, and he didn’t think I was worth it.” - Loren Minnix

“The military trains people to go out into combat … but they do not teach you how to handle it when you get back,”
- Greg Stevens.

Warrior's Hope
Every Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. the door at the Warrior’s Hope headquarters on Madison Avenue in Greenwood is unlocked to welcome a gathering of military veterans. A conference table surrounded by cushioned chairs occupies most of the group meeting room, which is decorated with colorful commemorative flags that represent various branches of the military. Framed photos, quotes and mementos take up what little space is left on the bookshelves arranged around the room. This is obviously a place to honor and remember sacrifices made — sacrifices that civilians may never fully understand.

The veterans who come to Warrior’s Hope are seeking support and friendship as they face the challenges of reintegration into civilian life. Loren Minnix, president and founder of Warrior’s Hope, waves his hand over the table to describe what happens during the peer support group meetings that take place here. Veterans from all branches of the service attend to discuss their combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may suffer through bouts of anger, depression or perhaps, moral injury.

The meetings allow veterans to share experiences and receive help in a way that they might not while sitting in a doctor’s office. The nonprofit organization offers support from a biblical perspective, but the peer facilitators who attend have been trained through a secular program. “Our leadership and directions come from psychologists at the VA Medical Center (Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis),” Minnix explains. “They (psychologists) stood by our side, they helped direct us and they helped train us. So, that training is very good for what we do out here.”

The men in the group study books that are aimed at tackling specific issues that veterans face, but what makes the meetings effective is the peer-to-peer discussion time, which happens in an atmosphere rich with empathy.

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