Upcoming events underscore increasing PTSD awareness

These Challenge coins depicted here are presented to the heroes who graduate Camp Valor along with a certificate of completion from Make Davila and John Baily, who run the Camp. “Be the light in a dark world” is engraved into the coin.

Campers earn these coins by completing the counseling program that helps them them through that enemy we know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD.

We had our first presentation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas to kick off our new team in Arkansas, where we are partnering with True Self Recovery which has a detox facility as well as rehab facilities in that area.

That’s not all that is taking place to recognize PTSD and keep law enforcement, first responders and the military veterans informed of the fact that there is a growing amount of help out there to get them on the recovery path.

The Run for Recovery 5K will be the morning of the Hometown Heroes Event in Alvin on March 26. To sign up please reach out to me and we will get you signed up. The profits from this will be sent to Heroes Needing Help and also to a kids football league, DBL, sponsored by Dr. Donald Brown. It is designed to keep kids off the streets and set them on the right path in life.

The Hometown Heroes Event in Alvin includes a Run to Recovery 5K with DBL Foundation for Kids. The Thin Blue Line Motorcycle club will be hosting the Ride for Recovery poker ride there as well.

To sign up for the motorcycle ride, please follow instructions on the flyer in this issue of the Badge & Gun. Come out and see the car show and motorcycle show and enjoy family fun and lots of drawings closing out with a live performance by Soldier Hard and J-Deuce from Redcon 1- music group which is a military label supporting veterans.

If you have any questions about participation, please feel free to contact me at 832-561-9593 or email: matthew.marin@birdwellfoundation.org.

Senior Police Officer Marin is the author of Silent Screams, an autobiographical account of his PTSD experiences at HPD. He is also the national director for First Responders, an arm of the Birdwell Foundation, which created Camp Valor’s recovery program for PTSD victims.