Author: Rhonda Napoleon

2015 WARRIORS IN TRANSITION PROJECT

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The Warrior Transition Battalion is an Army medical organization located at Fort Bliss, El Paso Texas. Medical staff provides treatment to Afghanistan and Iraq “Wounded Warrior” veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD): the objective being to prepare individuals for return to duty or transition to civilian life. The Air Force approaches the TBI/PTSD treatment in a different fashion; members are assigned to a unit at a permanent duty station and medical treatment is provided locally or at other locations engaging services of Recovery Care Center Coordinators.

Post Commander Reilly presented the subject of sponsoring a group of these Warriors and obtained membership approval/support to implement the project in 2012.

Our objective is to get the Warrior’s away from the regimentation of the military operation and up to Cloudcroft for three days and two nights. Groupings consist of between 15 to 30 officers and enlisted, spouses and children. This year we will be including up to eight Air Force members/dependents from installations in New Mexico so our group will potentially consist of up to 38 military members/dependents.

Quarters and all meals are provided during their stay. The Post also provides each military member with $25 to spend as they wish. The money is in the form of Post created “Warrior Bucks” coupon, and a majority of our local merchants accept them. Often, they provide additionally discounts for goods or services rendered. Various Cloudcroft and Mayhill churches and fraternal organizations also provide meals and or donations for the project.

The Village of Cloudcroft and town of Mayhill enthusiastically support the Post project. Cloudcroft authorizes the Post Color Guard to conduct a parade down the main street. The Mayor or delegated representative, presents a brief welcome speech and proclaims the day as “Warrior in Transition Day.” We also invite State and Federal government officials: Congressman Pearce normally has a Field Representative (Joe Martinez) attend and provide a brief welcome and “thank you” speech. NM State Senator Burt attended in 2013.

Though the annual event is normally scheduled the week prior to ‘Memorial Day’ weekend, this year’s event will take place May 13th – 15th, just before Armed Forces Day on the 16th.

This small Post does all it can to generate funds to support the project through various fund raisers throughout the year. Generous donations from Post members, local businesses and organizations, and individual citizens provide significant support. Unlike larger VFW Posts, we have no bar, no bingo, no building, and therefore no surplus bucks.

The continued success of our project efforts is very much dependent on the generosity and benevolence of our fellow veterans and citizens. If an individual or organization desires to provide a donation for the project the mailing address for the Post is:

VFW Post 11999 – Attn. QM
P.O. Box 499
Cloudcroft, NM 88317-0499
Please make the check payable to VFW Post 11999 and indicate in the check memo field ‘WIT’; this helps the Quartermaster (QM) adequately account for the sum. All donations, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated.

The Warriors in Transition project is a worthwhile and patriotic program that demonstrates America’s perpetual appreciation for the ‘Wounded Warriors’ service and sacrifice.

SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN VFW POST 11999
WARRIORS IN TRANSITION
2015 ITINERARY

May 13th- Wed

0900: Depart Fort Bliss – Entourage will be met and escorted by FWT and SENM Patriot Guard Riders.
1100: Forest Service briefing at the Trestle Overlook/visit by Smokey the Bear.
1145: Spur Landing Rentals for billeting assignments.
1230: Lunch at the Front Porch.
1315: Post Commander briefing and distribution of Warrior Bucks –
Break for personal activities: Hiking, mountain biking, shopping, visit to Sacramento Mountain
Retreat for activities; fly tying class presented by Project Healing Waters at the retreat.
1730: Dinner and entertainment at Sacramento Mountain Retreat.

May 14th-Thur

0900: Breakfast at the United Methodist Church. This event will interface with the Posts Annual
“Veterans Eat Free” Breakfast.
1000: Release to in Village activities.
1100: Parade on Burro Street and Village Mayor and Dignitaries welcome ceremony.
1200: Lunch at Pine Cone Café.
1300: Break for other activities (1 to 5pm) – golfing at Lodge, fly fishing and swimming at Cloud Country
Club or personal choice.
1800: Dinner at Big Daddy’s.

May 15th- Fri

0900: Breakfast Pine Cone Café.
1000: Spur Landing Billeting checkout – individual’s time for further local activities or departure.
1100: McGinn Pistachio Tree Ranch and Winery for a free gift and a no cost tour of ranch; Tours are1100, 1300 and 1500 daily.

Sacramento Mountain VFW Post 11999 Points of Contact for the project are:

Larry C. Drake, Judge Advocate
lpdrake@pvtnetworks.net
575-687-3156

John D. Rider, Quartermaster
jdrider@tularosa.net
575-682-1363