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Strength in Spirit

posted Nov 25, 2015, 3:59 PM by Webmaster Warrior's Hope   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 4:00 PM ]

Greenwood’s Loren Minnix and Warrior’s Hope offer support to veterans for 10 years and counting. How can you talk to someone when they haven’t experienced the hardships you’ve faced? When you know they won’t understand? Loren Minnix said this is something he has seen with too many veterans that he has worked with throughout the years. They don’t seek help because they don’t feel anyone will understand.

My relationship with Jesus Christ changed me completely. I quit chasing the wrong things and started chasing the right things.

My relationship with Jesus Christ changed me completely. I quit chasing the wrong things and started chasing the right things.” 


When he founded Warrior’s Hope 10 years ago, the goal was straightforward: offer hope to all military veterans, our warriors, who have returned home and are struggling to integrate back into life as they knew it.

“Many just felt lost when they returned. Many have struggled in combat areas or have returned and their families are unstable. They needed some assistance, not to give up. They needed some hope for the future. If we lose hope, we’re pretty helpless aren’t we? That’s what we do is try to reestablish hope. We thought that could be communicated through scriptural processes.”

“I saw a lot of things that were so out of bounds in the morality of life that I had been raised by. When I got out of the military, I just hitchhiked back and forth across the country. I couldn’t settle down for a long time. My relationship with Jesus Christ changed me completely. I quit chasing the wrong things and started chasing the right things.” 
Minnix said.

On Aug. 5, 2005, Warrior’s Hope held its first meeting. Minnix said for the first year, they tried to develop a retreat program, but it wasn’t a popular idea then. So he shifted his focus on helping veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“PTSD is not terribly uncommon after battle or after unusual trauma enters our life, but when it begins to impact our thought process or our motions, that’s when it becomes a disorder,” Minnix said. “One of the things I hear when will I get my life back? When will I be back to normal? This is normal for you. What you’re experiencing would be normal for anyone that has been through what you’ve been through. However, how do you handle it? How do you cope with it?”

Based at 430 N. Madison Ave., Suite 2 in Greenwood, a group at Warrior’s Hope meets every Tuesday night.

“We people are made up of three things: mind, body and spirit,” said Judd Green, board member, of Greenwood, who has done tours in Vietnam and Iraq. “What war does is damage your spirit. That’s what this group does is deal with healing your spirit and that’s what’s most important.”

Minnix said another goal when beginning the organization was to train facilitators who could manage the peer support groups, and there are at least seven Warrior’s Hope groups that currently meet.

“I joined a couple of months ago. It’s more than I expected as far as biblical work and that makes me feel a lot better. We have one member that’s began to unload. I haven’t done much but it makes me feel a little better.” 
said Freddy Clow, of Greenwood, who served in the Navy from 1952-56.

Minnix said his reward comes when he has people telling him they wish they had started earlier. Now they don’t want to miss a meeting. They say they’ve had major struggles, but now that’s over.

“I walked in here two years ago and found a family. It’s the comradery that we have here. That’s why this group is helping me. They all made me feel at home. We harass each other but when it comes down to the fight we’re all brothers and sisters. My wife sees a change in me.”
said Jack Brown, of Perry Township, who served in the Army from 1967-87. 


Establishing a trusting relationship is of first and foremost importance. Minnix said many people will come to meetings for six months to a year before they decide to open up. But when they do, he says they get a newfound freedom for releasing something they’ve internalized for so long.

“I had a guy say I was in this lived hatred. All of a sudden it’s gone,” he said. “I didn’t make that happen. But over the time and talking to the group, they come to the realization that either it wasn’t worth it, or the problem is (him). That’s what we try to do is get people to feel their emotions are caused by their own way of thinking. I can’t make you mad if you don’t want to be mad.”

“The human spirit is amazing what it can endure if it’s treated properly,” he said.


by Nicole Davis

Full article available at The Soutside Times http://ss-times.com/strength-in-spirit/

Loren Minnix featured in an Editorial

posted Jun 26, 2015, 12:06 PM by Webmaster Warrior's Hope   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 4:01 PM ]

Loren Minnix is featured in Indy South Magazine by Sherri Dugger.

Loren Minnix Editorial in South Mag
Read the magazine online

HOMETOWN BATTLEFIELD by JP Cormier

posted Nov 21, 2014, 8:42 AM by Webmaster Warrior's Hope   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 8:47 AM ]

A friend of Warrior's Hope shared this video made by a Canadian vet JP Cormier.


This is a wonderful story that any veteran can relate to.
Video is below and is hosted on Youtube.


"I can never repay our soldiers for all they do for me"

posted Nov 21, 2014, 6:49 AM by Webmaster Warrior's Hope   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 7:49 AM ]

it was an honor to do this for our veterans! I wish it was more...

Warrior's Hope receives a gift from Famous Dave's crew members

Pamela Shaw, waitress from the local Famous Dave's Restaurant, donates all her tips received on Veterans Day to Warrior's Hope, Inc. President of Warrior's Hope, Loren Minnix receives her generous gift. Says he, it was truly a humbling experience knowing how badly, no doubt, she needed this money for herself, but she chose to honor veterans in this sacrificial manner.

"I'm honored to say that I will be dropping off 150.00 tomorrow from today's wages! I kept taking tables until they kicked me out! :)  it was an honor to do this for our veterans! I wish it was more. I can never repay our soldiers for all they do for me. I hope this will help you help others. And again thank you so much for your services as well! It was a pleasure to meet you today! God bless you sir and all that you do! "

With much respect,
Pamela Shaw


Sacrifice is something we value very highly, yet are willing to share it with others and to give it up. But sacrifice always comes back to us renewed and manifold.

Warrior's Hope offers peer support to area veterans

posted Nov 13, 2012, 4:51 PM by Terry Minton   [ updated Oct 26, 2013, 2:36 PM by Webmaster Warrior's Hope ]

Reprinted with permission from Senior Life Newspapers, 
Fred D. Cavinder | Oct 29, 2012, 12:59 p.m., www.seniorlifenewspapers.com

   Every Tuesday is Veterans Day for Loren Minnix and his organization, Warrior’s Hope. That’s when past and present members of any military group gather in Minnix’s office in Greenwood to deal with life’s challenges.

“We focus mostly on issues of life — anger, frustration, unemployability,” said Minnix. “Guys get in a pickle, sometimes with their spouses, so we just hash out life in general.”

Minnix is president of Warrior’s Hope Inc., a nonprofit that has sessions where any veteran of any war of any gender can unload, maybe find helpful insight. Drugs, alcoholism, scrapes with the law, being a workaholic often are topics.

The organization started in 2005 with a meeting in the library at Camp Atterbury.

“I can account for around 155 veterans who have gone through our peer support group,” said Minnix, himself a Marine veteran of the Vietnam era. His hearing started going bad when he was in a mortar unit.

The 68-year-old has recently retired from the plumbing business in Greenwood, which also was the occupation of his father, grandfather and brothers. Along the way he acquired a degree in Interpersonal and Group Communications from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill., is an ordained minister, has done counseling in his church and volunteered for Christian ministries. Mission trips overseas have often involved his plumbing expertise.

“I like to talk to people and get people talking,” Minnix said.

Warrior’s Hope is a perfect outlet, although five facilitators also are involved. Meetings, although they have a core of free expression, begin with a preamble that sets out rules and aims, plus a reading that is often inspirational. The group regularly uses and discusses books, such as “Feeling Good” by clinical psychiatrist Dr. David Burns, or similar personal-growth volumes.

“Most of our gang will start showing up about 5:30 p.m., just chomping at the bit to get started,” said Minnix. The meetings at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “One Tuesday night we had a Gulf War representative and Vietnam, Korea and World War II represented.”

Spouses come and are welcomed, but seldom continue regularly, Minnix said. But a former lady Marine is often present.

“When you’re a peer support group, everybody is allowed to speak their mind,” said Minnix. “There’ve been a couple of times I’ve said, ‘There’ll be no more of that.’”

The average group in Minnix’s office is around 12, he said; the largest number has been 22, including up to four female vets.

“We’re not a club, so we’re not counting heads,” Minnix said. “Just about every Tuesday there’s a new face. We don’t consider ourselves a religious group, but we do consider ourselves a group that has a strong spiritual emphasis.

“If we have some folks come in who really need to unload or talk, we let them do that,” he said.

Minnix is an active motivational and inspirational speaker, one way of spreading the word about Warrior’s Hope. It exists through donations; there are no membership fees. There is an overseeing three-man board of directors. Minnix also is the American Legion representative at the Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis, where he maintains an office.

Beyond basic structure, Warrior’s Hope meetings are highly flexible. “If the group’s accepting, then your facilitator is accepting. But if you find somebody is talking and you feel the tension starting to mount, then the facilitator’s job is to keep the conversation mutual and agreeable,” Minnix said.

“I think some of our younger veterans feel pretty strongly about issues of the day and we certainly like to let them share that,” he said. Vets at Warrior’s Hope are age 20 to 91.

Most vets come from Johnson County and south Marion County, Minnix said. Employment hours and distance are limiting, he admits.

Minnix also is chairman of the Greenwood Memorial Steering Committee. It is collecting funds for a memorial to all the military services, policemen and firemen in Greenwood’s Freedom Park. Space has been allotted and the plaza designed The monetary goal is $500,000, Minnix said.

A six-foot sculptured eagle, which will surmount the memorial, has been acquired.

Minnix also is involved with establishment of the Veterans Court in Greenwood. A veteran in legal trouble can opt to appear in that court or, depending on the violation, circumstances and military record, might be sent to a Veterans Administration facility for treatment instead of jail, Minnix said.

But every Tuesday Minnix joins his fellow vets. “I can’t think of anything I’d rather do,” he said.

“We don’t let our reading control the group, but we always have the reading, maybe from a book, the Bible, inspirational, psychological, spiritual or the like.

“We’re a peer group where veterans sit around and discuss the issues of life,” he said.

For information visit Warrior’s Hope.com.

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