Saluting the Brave: "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Saluting the Brave: "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon"

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Members of various emergency services crews from around the Inland Empire are working closely with the Spokane Veteran Outreach Center to provide healing for wounds that are sometimes hard to see with the naked eye.  Firefighters from the Spokane Valley Fire Department and from Spokane County Fire District 8 will be assisting 15-20 war veterans who suffer from conditions that make it difficult for them to reintegrate into society.

The firefighters and Veteran Center staff will be accomplishing this mission at the Pinelow Retreat Center at Deer Lake. The purpose of this retreat is to thank these veterans for their service through action, not words, and to provide an environment and activities that will allow relaxation and fellowship with other veterans in a non-combat setting.

The four-day event will have veterans participating in various activities designed to rebuild trust, confidence and camaraderie.  According to team leader Mike Ogle, the Vet Center staff, who counsel combat veterans with various issues including trauma, PTSD and other impacts of war, have had success with other retreats that have proven effective in helping veterans heal and reintegrate back to their normal life.

Retreat staff say having the firefighters onboard really helps.  "The firefighters partnered with us last year and were great," said Ogle. "We got an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone."

 

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