Veteran Sponsorship Program
With the observance of Memorial Day, the month of May brings a natural awareness to our large active duty military and veteran communities here in Fredericksburg. Our veterans and active duty military members are an especially precious commodity, but the fact is, these warriors also disproportionately shoulder some tough mental and physical challenges. Nearly one in every five Iraq and Afghanistan veteran suffers from PTSD or major depression. A recent Veterans Administration study found that veterans in general are twice as likely to die by suicide as non-veterans. And sexual assault reports within the military services continue to rise.
Fortunately there are some great people and organizations dedicated to enabling and sustaining the long-term health of our veteran population--including some that are VERY local. Did you know? Two of our own Dragonfly instructors have personal experience using yoga to build resilience among military and veteran communities. Susan Barber developed specially-tailored yoga for soldiers and their spouses at the U.S. Army's Warrior Transition Unit in Wiesbaden, Germany. And Becca Childress--a veteran herself--works at Headquarters Marine Corps incorporating elements of yoga into the design of Marine Corps programs for operational stress management. Becca also leads our weekly veteran-focused At Ease Warriors class in partnership with the Team Red White and Blue Fredericksburg Chapter.
Overall, the benefits of yoga for military veterans are well-documented. As a result, more and more active duty military members and veterans are incorporating yoga in their lives--both as an element of their fitness routines and as a means to heal mental and physical wounds. Want to know more? Or maybe you know a veteran who could benefit from yoga? Click here to check out a great article on the unique benefits of yoga for veterans along with resources to get them started.
At Dragonfly we're proud of our strong ties to the local military and veteran communities--in part because so many of them practice yoga with us! But as May is upon us and Memorial Day approaches, we're committing to doing more. That's why this month we're seeking nominations and will select two deserving active duty military members or veterans to receive complimentary one-year memberships to Dragonfly. Do you know someone who needs to be introduced to yoga, or who could use more yoga in their lives? Use the form below to submit your nomination.