Combat recovery course launched
BELLWOOD — Bellwood-based Military Families Ministry USA Inc. is launching a program designed to provide practical help for service members, veterans and families dealing with the moral and spiritual wounds from combat trauma.
The ReBoot Combat Recovery Course will begin Sept. 1 at The Hope Center in Bellwood.
“This course is a 12-week faith-based spiritual healing course for veterans struggling with PTSD and other issues as a result of their combat experiences. We are passionate about addressing the terrible rate of suicides among veterans — on average, 22 per day,” said Tracie Ciambotti, MFM president and director. “You won’t find shortcuts or easy answers, but instead you’ll find solutions that last.”
Ciambotti said the ReBoot Combat Recovery Program is a national program and is having a lot of success in helping veterans deal with their invisible wounds of war.
“I loved the program and wanted to start one here locally but was missing one thing — a leader. I needed a veteran to lead this course, someone who the veteran participant would be able to relate to and I could not fill those shoes,” Ciambotti said.
Her nephew, Wesley Harpster, a Navy veteran and vice president and director of veteran outreach for MFM USA Inc., will lead the course.
“He created a leadership team and brought on Paul Engleman, another Navy veteran, and John Poe, Youth Pastor at Hillside Community Church in Bellwood.
MFM USA Inc. purchased all the training and course materials and marketing and promotion materials from the national ReBoot program,” Ciambotti said.
The three leaders completed the training and are now raising funds and finding participants.
Engelman said it is a good program.
“A research study has been published in the Journal of Military Psychology regarding the efficacy of REBOOT Recovery. The program demonstrated statistically significant improvement in anxiety, depression, social isolation, sleep-related issues. REBOOT Recovery is not a clinical support group and is not intended to replace mental health supports. It is a group of veterans that are mutually supportive of each other,” Engelman said.
“We are offering this course 100 percent free of charge to the veterans, spouses and children, and we need to provide dinner and child care for each of the 12 weeks of meetings, Ciambotti said. “We are partnering with The Hope Center in Bellwood and will use their facility for the meetings.”
MFM USA Inc. must cover the cost of the course materials and meals, which are estimated to be from $50 to $75 per veteran.
“We are accepting monetary donations to cover the cost of this course and all donations are 100 percent tax deductible as we are now a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation,” Ciambotti said.
Donations can be mailed to: Military Families Ministry USA Inc., C/O Tracie Ciambotti, 338 S. Third St., Bellwood, PA 16617. Notate ReBoot on the memo line.
People can register at rebootrecovery.com.
For more information, contact Harpster at 757-746-4381 or wes@military