Heinrich To Join Not Forgotten Outreach at the Military Family Respite Center

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015***

Heinrich To Join Not Forgotten Outreach at the Military Family Respite Center

SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to Taos on Saturday, December 5, to tour the NFO Military Family Respite Center with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members.

On Saturday afternoon, Senator Heinrich will tour the Taos Military Family Respite Center and meet with an AmeriCorps NCCC team that is currently working on remodeling the facility. The center is owned and managed by Not Forgotten Outreach Inc., a local organization dedicated to motivating veterans and their families to participate in recreational activities in order to facilitate the transition from active duty to civilian life. The Military Family Respite Center connects veterans to job opportunities, helps them access benefits, and provides peer counseling and mentorship opportunities. Senator Heinrich is the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus.

The “Taos Veterans Farming Project” teaches basic skills & best practices for sustainable farming for business or hobby to Military Families. By equipping our nation’s military families with transferable Agricultural skills, tools and resources, and helping them reintegrate into society with meaningful jobs, we will enable them to maintain their sense of service, giving back to their community, and contribute to a healthy, sustainable and secure future for themselves and their families. NFO collaborates with; Homegrown By Heroes, a national label, providing veteran producers marketing and business support & AgrAbility, linking physically challenged farmers to the newest adaptive farm equipment.

NFO’s therapy animals include (2) Hampshire pigs, (7) chickens, (3) Peacocks, (9) goats and (2) miniature horses. NFO hosts Veteran-farming interns throughout the year.

While participating in NFO programs, Military Families conduct peer-to-peer counseling on a variety of topics, including health care, mental health care, education and family life. Participants, including our Founder, are leery, hesitant, paranoid and afraid of seeking VA services including health care, mental health care and educational benefits . It’s only by others that have lived, survived and benefited from the VA do these hesitant Military Families seek VA health care services.

UNIQUELY CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO REINTEGRATION

Working within the traditional approach of the NMVAHS system, NFO challenges conventional reintegration practices by including the entire Military Family, the community leaders, struggling young adults, community volunteers in a safe social environment during NFO’s programs. Using fun, learning and sometimes hard work in an environment alongside of individuals with whom one feels comradeship with and complete strangers, while at the same time having a mission to accomplish, allowing for a cohesive bond to form. The “Bond” is what Military Families are accustomed to during service to our Nation, but feel the lack of once returning to the civilian world.

***Press interested in attending should email press@heinrich.senate.gov or call (202) 228-1578***

Taos – Saturday, December 5, 2015

WHAT:  Tour Military Family Respite Center With AmeriCorps NCCC Members
WHEN:  2:15 to 3:15 p.m. MT
WHERE:  Not Forgotten Outreach Inc., 461 Valverde Commons Dr., Taos, N.M. 87571

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