and Tom Voss, who were living with in darkness with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Moral Injury casting a shadow on their true selves and preventing them from being the men they wanted to be for themselves and for their loved ones. These two veterans, who were diagnosed and treated for PTSD, were done waiting for their sun to rise, for their therapy and medications to "cure" them and they yearned for something more, they yearned for an inner peace that they had control over. Ultimately, Anthony and Tom embarked on a 150 day pilgrimage walk from Wisconsin to California in an effort to better understand themselves, their fears, their anger, their anxieties, and ultimately find peace with the world around them.
Project Echelon is almost one year old, founded April 1, 2017. Our journey, our story is our own version of "the walk." We started out with more questions than we had answers, and believe when I say there are still A LOT of questions, but those questions are starting to have more clarity and our path to the sunrise is becoming more distinct. As a civilian, non-veteran it can sometimes be hard to identify with the questions asked or the struggles shared, it can be difficult to find an entry point and provide "the right words." But in my journey, I have learned that my role is more about empathy, listening, and supporting than it is about providing, fixing, or curing. My role is to support the Echelon, help break the wind, and make the sunrise easier to see.
After having the opportunity to meet and speak with Anthony and Tom, it was clear our work with Project Echelon is good work and that we are on the right path. We are excited for the new opportunities and relationships that are presenting themselves as we expand our Echelon of support and share our story with more veterans, their families, and the community. We invite you to join us in our journey by following us on social media or connecting with us through our Contact Page.
We are walking the good walk, the sun is rising... and its beautiful!
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