What is the huddle? In short, it is a community.
Often Military, Veterans, and First Responders find they are struggling to fit into the society they have sworn to protect, and for which they have often sacrificed heavily for. This alienation can be seen in the recent suicide trends that have no sign of slowing down.
Everyday men and women are exposed to trauma and violence in the service of our society and country. The toll this can take on some is tremendous often causing issues with relationships, work, sleep, as well as connecting to other humans. There is mounting evidence in the medical field that modern life in general, lacks authentic community connections, and the negative impacts of this can be devastating on things like resilience and self-image. Along with the limited community, and the issues with connecting to others the loss of healthy ways to cope with the aftermath violence leaves on people. In previous societies there were often clear steps in which to integrate people back into their communities. Indigenous cultures holding tens of thousands of years of history lessons in their practices have been lost to the hustle and bustle of specialty, not realizing that authentic community cannot be automated, simulated, and the burden for responsibility of violence is shared by the community one way or another. Veterans and First Responders have found themselves in desperate need of community and authentic places where they can share their burdens with others. This community is not just for those veterans and first responders who are currently struggled, but also for those who have passed through the fire and emerged on the other side stronger.
Our monthly Huddle is the place where veterans and first responders, who have experience with trauma, can get together as a community and discuss together the things that cause us to struggle, and the methods some have used to overcome. We believe that it isn’t just the military member, or the first responder and their family’s issues and responsibility to help those who are suffering, but everyone’s. Please join us July 29th at our new Foundation office, 3733 Rosedale Street, Suite 100, in Gig Harbor at 7pm.
About the Author...
Kurt Webb is a Certified Peer Counselor, veteran, and father. He served in the Active Army for 12 years, 6 in the infantry, and 6 as a Special Forces Medic. He served in Korea 1/503rd Infantry Reg., Ft. Lewis 1/24th Infantry Regt., 1/501st PIR Ft. Richardson, and 1st Special Forces Group, Ft. Lewis. Kurt Was deployed to Iraq during “the surge,” in 2007 during the worst year of the conflict in Iraq, a deployment which cost the lives of several personal friends. Since being honorably discharged from active duty Kurt worked as a civilian contractor in Iraq in 2010-2011, he also served in an LDAC unit in the Army Reserves, earned three degrees, along with being a collegiate athlete, coached youth-High School Rugby, and youth-College Soccer. His interests include fishing, hiking with his children, training and riding mustangs (the horse), and pretty much anything else outside.