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Local veterans come together for warrior retreat

Local veterans and their families gathered at Camp Sitrin for Sitrin Health Care Center’s 5th annual ‘Warrior Retreat’.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 9:34 AM

FRANKFORT -- Local veterans and their families gathered at Camp Sitrin for Sitrin Health Care Center’s 5th annual ‘Warrior Retreat’.

More than 100 local veterans who were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq came together for a weekend of family fun.

Sitrin's warrior retreat is a way for vets to come together each year and be welcomed back into the community.

"It's a very family environment that we have here,” Vice President of Clinical Development at Sitrin Jackie Warmuth said. “It's very relaxing but it's very rewarding for myself, the volunteers that we have here and all of the families"

At Camp Sitrin veterans were able to share their experiences being on and off the battlefield. The retreat included a healing circle, where veterans could talk amongst their peers who have a first-hand understanding of the challenges they face.

"This has really helped me a lot, just overcoming a lot of anxiety I had, and just re-activating back into regular life," Veteran Jerry Reid said.

Behavior Specialist Cara Acuri want veterans to know that there are many types of therapy, including dance therapy, for people who would rather show their feelings instead of talk about them.

"People who may not be able to benefit from verbal counseling because they don't want to talk about their issues or can't talk about their issues, you can still help them," Arcuri said. "Just talking about it sometimes isn't enough like if they're holding tension, if they're holding anxiety, if they're holding fear the dance is a way to address those feelings and kind of help dissipate them that talking about them might not.

Sitrin staff want vets to know that the health care center offers a variety of programs to fit different needs.

"Don't be afraid to try different things,” Arcuri said. “Just because one approach isn't working for you doesn't mean that counseling or therapy isn't effective, or that you can't be helped. There is 101 different ways to approach a problem."

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