As a result of their active-duty experience, many of our Veterans return home to us with physical injuries or are at risk of developing PTSD, depression, and other stress related illnesses. Through the Restorative & Wellness Programs, GCVF seeks to ensure that our Veterans have access to the healthcare information, resources, and therapeutic programs they need in order to effectively heal their minds and bodies.
VA Healthcare is a valuable resource, but the abundance of information and the overall process can be overwhelming. Therefore, GCVF works to simplify this process by offering one-on-one assistance with VA Healthcare enrollment, distributing pertinent information, and even hosting local resource fairs to aid Veterans in obtaining the valuable information and services they need.
With the help of donations from the local community, GCVF is also able to provide much needed wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters, and walkers to disabled veterans. Mobility is often taken for granted, but for those who are unable to walk without assistance, these devices are invaluable. We take great pride in our ability to offer support in this area by delivering this equipment to those in need. If you have a wheelchair, power chair, scooter, or walker that you would like to donate to one of our veterans, please contact us at (805) 482-6550.
As part of our Restorative & Wellness Programs, we also provide a variety of therapeutic clinics designed to alleviate the symptoms of Veterans struggling with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Such clinics include:
- Meditation and mindfulness
- Support groups
- Restorative yoga
We also collaborate with local providers to offer additional services:
S.A.F.E. Groups, Sexual Assault Forums for EVERY veteran and civilian provides a private environment for victims and survivors to turn the page by telling their stories. Volunteer facilitators will host free weekly gatherings. SAFE Groups is primarily aimed at helping veterans, active duty, and civilians turn the page by telling their stories. We aim to provide not only a private location, but also an emotionally safe one. We value privacy and self-determination above all else. We recognize that sexual violence is not gender specific, nor is it related to sexual orientation. Contact Ingrid at (888) 511-0567 for more info.
Ride On is now offering free un-mounted Equine Facilitated Growth and learning classes, as well as more traditional horseback riding lessons to post-9/11 Veterans in Westlake Village. Depending on the needs of the Service Member, treatment can be either on the horse or on the ground with a therapist in activities designed to reflect real life challenges. This last approach allows veterans and therapist to ‘see’ where the problems are and explore solutions that work. Veterans can quickly recognize unhealthy patterns, identify their strengths, and enact new behaviors, all of which affect their families and their employment. For more info call Gloria at (805) 375-9078.
Energy Healing session. DATE: First Tuesday of the Month, 10:00 to 11:00 am. LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo. This event is free for veterans and their family members. The meditation class is led by international healer Roger Ford, founder of Healing in America. Call Roger to register at (805) 640-0211.
Mindfulness Class hosted by Brock Travis. Class is free for veterans and teaches skills to enhance serenity. Contact Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 320-6079.