Vets Newsletter 5-08
|The Times They Are A' Changing.
Sarah and Diana having some fun at the Phoenix Training, April 2008.
Greetings Veterans Project Volunteers and Friends of AWB,
last six months coordinating the Veterans Project have been simply
incredible. In the last year we've seen this program explode and there
are now over 15 veterans clinics operating nationwide. This means that
dozens and dozens of veterans and their familes are receiving free
treatment every week and are spreading the word among the larger
veterans community about this unique program.
Project has held a very special place in my heart because it gave me an
opportunity to engage in the coordination work that I love once again,
and because I have my own family members who have been deployed to Iraq
and Afghanistan. The foundation of the Veterans Project, for me, has
been about using our medicine to help heal individual and community
trauma and to bridge deep divides in this country which are based on
political opinion, culture and economics. The coordination and
cooperation I have witnessed between people who ordinarily would not be
working together has been humbling, inspiring and has changed me
profoundly as a human being and as a future acupuncturist.
some of you know I finished the Masters program at Southwest
Acupuncture College in December of 2007, am moving back to my home
state of Maine at the end of this month and am expecting a baby in
October! Leaving AWB as a staff member has been a difficult decision,
but I will be putting the Veterans Project in the capable hands of our
fearless leader Diana Fried on May 23rd. I will continue to do smaller
short-term projects for AWB and will always be available to the
Veterans Project for advice and support.
Diana will be taking
on coordination of the project immediately, however she is currently
dealing with the very recent passing of her father. Please send her
your thoughts and prayers during the weeks and months to come and
provide her with your support, patience and understanding in relation
to the Veterans Project. Taking over a project of this size is a huge
task in itself under the best of circumstances.
is an amazing leader. I am certain that the Veterans Project will
benefit greatly from her knowledge, guidance and energy. Over the last
two and a half years through New Orleans, the California Wildfires, the
Veterans Project and working together daily to build AWB as an
organization, Diana and I have laughed until we've cried, worked
ourselves to the point of exhaustion, invented solutions to problems we
never could have imagined and reveled in those rare moments when we
could see the impact of AWB's work. It has been truly a privilege to
learn from her, she is a treasure within the acupuncture community.
It has been a such a pleasure to work with all of you.
In the spirit of service,
Acupuncturists Without Borders
37 Kelly Lynn Drive
Sandia Park, NM, New Mexico 87047