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Humility and Gratitude: Thoughts and Images from the May 25- 28 2018 Nature Trek

From May 25 to May 28 combat veterans with Warriors Live On went on a five day nature trek in the mountains of Southern California. These nature excursions are an important part of WLO’s integrative approach to overcoming trauma and offer some of the most powerful and healing moments experienced by all involved. Below are…

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Bringing Heart to Life

Years ago Bob Speck and Eva Belanger founded Warriors Live On, together.  Bob’s wife Jo was also a part of this beautiful beginning.  Bob has recently written a beautiful blog post ” Bringing Heart to Life” that includes a picture of WLO on a nature hike. It brings back great memories and touches on the…

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WLO Founder Eva Belanger, honored by Connected Women of Influence

On March 21, Warriors Live On founder Eva Belanger was honored by Connected Women of Influence as one of four finalists for the 2018 Veteran’s of Influence award. An incredible moment for her, Eva said, “I was pulled on stage and it was really honoring and it felt incredible to be in the company of…

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Wilderness: The New Treatment for PTSD

Backpacker magazine has run an amazing story that confirms what we already know to be true: There is Power in Nature! ________ Wilderness: The New Treatment for PTSD Annette McGivney   New science seeks to quantify how wild spaces can treat widespread mental health issues. In the wake of a personal struggle, writer Annette McGivney…

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WLO in the La Jolla Light!

We’re excited to see an article on Warriors Live On in the La Jolla Light. It really helps to make the public aware of the problems many Veterans are facing and the work that we are doing to overcome them. You can read the WLO article in the La Jolla Light here: http://www.lajollalight.com/news/sd-cm-ljl-ptsd-20171206-story.html  

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Coming Together to Heal, and Not Re-Traumatize

Coming Together to Heal, and Not Re-Traumatize One of the most difficult groups to get together is a group of those suffering from PTSD.  There is a tendency to want to share what we have in common, to retell stories of trauma, and to legitimize, speak words to the horror in some way in hopes…

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What is Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing?

What is Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing and why do you swear by it? Answer by Eva M. Belanger, ED and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: OI and SE teaches human beings how to be human.  Organic Intelligence uses resources that we all have internal to each of us.  Its not a matter of telling traumatic stories…

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War on the Homefront

War on the Homefront “Warriors Live On has been highlighted in the Checkpoints Magazine put out by the United States Air Force Academy Air Officer’s Group.” … One person who has experienced PTSD, and done something t help herself and other, is Eva Belanger, Class of 2003. During a 2006 deployment to Ballad Air Base,…

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To My Dedicated WLO Supporters, Practitioners and Volunteers

To My Dedicated WLO Supporters, Practitioners and Volunteers From heart to yours: To My Dedicated WLO Supporters, Practitioners and Volunteers, Got this message this morning from Elaine, CEO of TRI (Traumatic Resource Institute).  Please do me the courtesy of reading the NY times article Elaine sent me this morning. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/us/marine-battalion-veterans-scarred-by-suicides-turn-to-one-another-for-help.html?mwrsm=Email&_r=0 Sitting here remembering what every…

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