I took a group of individuals who are each a part of VetREST to look at property in southwest Colorado. The effect of that place was mesmerizing to the point that when we left we felt like a family. Looking at the Sangre de Cristo mountains from inside the lodge, I'm pretty sure I saw tears in Phil's eyes. He and the rest of the team collectively were moved by the majestic scenery, the solitude, and the reality that this was a place where veterans could come and heal from their post traumatic stress (PTS) in a sanctuary. With one voice, the team said, we have to go "all in" and buy this place.
We are so grateful to all of you who have given financially to help us secure our 91 acre retreat with its cozy home. You have helped us raise over $100,000. Yes, there are closing costs, furniture we will need to purchase, a van to transport veterans, and other odds and ends that come with buying a place. But, the reality is, you have helped us reach a level that seemed pretty daunting when we started.
Lift off is not easy. The challenge of starting a new organization is ridiculously hard. As I reflect back on the past several years several points come to mind. First, a clear vision and what we call in the military commander's intent, is essential. Second, we have to effectively communicate our intent to gain understanding and "buy-in" from those who potentially could join and help us. Third, we have to have a viable sustainment plan. Without individuals and corporations willing to sponsor us, VetREST does not have a chance of succeeding. Finally, we HAVE to make a difference in the lives of our vets suffering from PTS by providing them qualified coaches. This is the So What! This is what we owe you who have put your faith, time, energy, heart, and money to help us lift off! Thanks for caring!