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Reintegration is a tough issue that military families grapple with all the time. Butterfly Wife (fellow blogger and milspouse) recently welcomed her husband home from Iraq. She and her husband will join us for a candid hour about the reintegration process. You don't want to miss this show!
This Sunday, we will be discussing the need for cultural/spiritual opportunities in this countries prisons, and a need for transitional support upon release of our relatives. Ever since the first sweat lodge appeared behind prison walls in Nebraska in the early 70's, this issue has been well litigated in state and federal courts. Even Amnesty International has examined these cases.
In 1982, the warden at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary compared Native culture/spirituality to the Aryan Brotherhood and the Ku Klux Klan in denying permission to form a cultural group as mandated by court orders. By the 90's, sweat lodge was allowed at many prisons, and the right to wear long hair had been fought and won, but the real battle remains. What is there for Native prisoners upon their release?
In the past ten years the Muscogee Nation has began their Reintegration program and others have began to develop their own. This week I met with the Choctaw Nation and was asked to begin to gather information and data to create a program for reintegration. For myself, this was a milestone in my life as I had asked the Choctaw Nation to do this 30 years ago.
We all have families, loved ones and friends in prison. We hope the best for them upon their release, but it is a long road back with a type of PTSD from existing in months - years within a violent and dangerous environment. Employment becomes difficult without marketable skills and coping without life skills makes it stressful that sometimes one just gives up and resorts to old habits that reduces a sense of self-worth.
We'll discuss these and many other issues in the two hours we have this weekend. Plan to listen in and share with your friends!
This week, we'll discuss reintegration. Once deemed a "sex offender" or worse, a "sexually violent predator," how can you start over as a member of society? Most go through this process alone. But in recent years, programs.have been popping up all over the world & in several U.S. states.
We'll discuss the difficult process of reingrating without help. See this experience through the eyes of Derek Logue, Author of Once Fallen. His life after incarceration and the many difficulties he faced led to activism. He then wrote the book, detailing his struggles. Derek's detailed web site is at: OnceFallen.com. You may also purchase his book here.
We will also delve into a successful reintegration program that's near Coalinga State Hospital. Circles of Support and Accountability or COSA got its start in Canada and now has successful branches in the UK as well as in MN, among others. Our guest Frank Juarez has worked with COSA in Fresno, CA and will discuss his experiences. Please visit COSA Fresno at http://peace.fresno.edu/cosa/.
Join us for this informative show--find out what can happen when the community & volunteers help the newly freed men find their place in society. What a difference it can make for all involved! Note: In the coming months, CSH News will be highlighting other similar programs. If there's one you'd like to see on the show, please email us using the link at the top of CSHNews.com.
Fuzzy Manning is the Founder & CEO of PTS Treatment™ and the creator of Integrative Trauma Care™, R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Warrior Reintegration™, and Re-Entry Survival Teams™. He is an Advanced Alternative Specialist, radio show host, author, and speaker. He is a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam and experienced Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Warrior Reintegration™ was created to enable warriors to adapt their military experience to build Re-Entry Survival Teams™ to successfully reintegrate into their families and civilian communities.
Warriors (veterans) are struggling with their reintegration into their families and civilian communities. It’s affecting their family life, employment, bank account, and community support. We help warriors and their families to create Re-Entry Survival Teams by engaging the warrior’s military experience to contribute to their families and create safe, friendly, and diverse Organic Communities. Once the teams are operating successfully, we help move them from Survival to Prosperity! “Your re-entry into civilian life matters!”
For the month of March, we will be celebrating Women's History Month. This week our special guest is Mrs. Yvette Pegues. We will be discussing how women can make history when being the Unthinkable Woman.
Mrs. Yvette Pegues, M.ED, is celebrated worldwide for her 1st Responder efforts. She began working primarily in schools, alongside teachers, serving children with disabilities. Today, her Adaptability Coaching & Disability Expertise is critical to Corporate Diversity training, Military reintegration & (new/existing) Construction Accessibility services to help re-build the differently-abled. She is a Center for Leadership in Disability CAC Advisory Board Member at GA State Univ. & National Spokesperson for Camp Dream GA.
Mrs. Pegues is the Founder & CTO (Chief Transformation Officer) of Your Invisible Disability Group and thought leader of the 4/4’s Signature Program Pillars © for Newly Disabled & Diagnosed persons in her book, The “Art of Adaptability.” She co-authored, My Mommy had Brain Surgery & I'm Okay! with her sons, Isaiah (7) and Elijah (5) - featured in the Shepherd Hospital Rehab Center’s quarterly magazine, The Spinal Column. Featured: US Depart. of Ed vlog, the Nationally syndicated: Doctors Show, Atlanta Parent Magazine, Sixes Living Magazine as well as many other publications and appearances. April 2014, she won the state title of Ms. Wheelchair Georgia, and in July 2014,she became the 1st woman of color to WIN the title of, “Ms. Wheelchair USA in its 17 year history. During her reign, she will promote an all-inclusive, nationwide, platform to help children write & publish books – turning #Storms2Stories through “Dream. Write. Hope. University…a “Legacy of Literature.”
At least once a month we try to bring you news and updates of the movement to bring about transparency, accountability in the administration of the nation of the Chahta people, including fairness and integrity in our elections. This month following the tribal council meeting, there was a public meeting in Talihina.
Also, there was a development on the establishment of a reintegration program by the Choctaw Nation, however, it came with controversy. Tune in Sunday, March 15th, 3PM - 5PM (CST) to learn more about these things and what uyou can do to join in the effort.
We also have some upcoming events that we hope that you will attend.
March 14, 2015 on SRWM ~ Linda Williams
About the book:
"Whose Apple is it Anyway!" is a profound voyage along a trail of tears and heartbreak; laughter and triumph, in the author’s own journey to wholeness and healing. The book’s rubber-meets-the-road perspective provides practical-applications, guidance, and real-life examples of how to recognize, root out, and overcome the hindrances that keep us unmercifully chained to the past.
Prior to scholarly research as a doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice, Ms. Williams’ undergraduate thesis lead to a partnership between Hope Network and Prison Fellowship in implementing the program closely modeled after her thesis. She subsequently focused on exoffender reintegration with an emphasis on the special needs of female offenders. Her current studies will develop a progressive purpose-based curriculum for female offenders reentering society after engagement with the prison system. http://www.whoseapple.org/
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Listen 24/7 to this program that aires Feb 5, 2015 7pm MST as Bob Calvert Host and Founder of www.talkingwithheroes.com talks with:
21-Year Army Ranger and OIF Veteran John Toth and
Director of No Barriers Warriors
John will talk about Warriors to Summits 2015 Expedition and No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors empower veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities, and survivors of the fallen, to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Our experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others. Complementing the reintegration process, this program provides quality transformative experiences that inspire warriors to grow and continue to contribute their absolute best to the world.
For more information check out our news site: http://thankyouforyourservice.us/issue/january-2015/article/listen-to-21-year-army-ranger-and-oif-veteran-john-toth-and-director-of-no-barriers-warriors
What Do Women Want For Christmas?
Hint: What Kind of Man?
As an 18-Year Wall Street Journal Veteran...
I believe there is no perfection. The pursuit of excellence took me to Regional Classified Advertising Manager 1988, & now an inspiring "Messenger" since 1994.
As a Youth Program Volunteer…
I get to thank those who patiently believed in me.
As a Former Basketball Coach...
I believe that how you win is more important than that you win.
As a Cadre Speaker for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program...
I believe our Military Service Members & their Families are Silent Heroes. My weekends are spent doing Communication, Humor and Life Skills sessions.
Paid your debt to society? Think again and keep paying.
Our literary and cinematic clichés include felons reinventing themselves after prison. Our society actively discourages reintegration. We are more like Valjean/Javert or Hester Prynne. You will wear your mistake and pay for it so long as you live.
Most obvious are CORI-style criminal-records files that give employers an excuse to hire someone other than an ex-convict. That keeps the former felon struggling and poor.
Even among rich celebrities, there can be pushback. Lately Mak Wahlberg has asked for a pardon from an old conviction for a racist assault (one of several in his teens and early 20s). Seems as a convicted felon, he has problems getting liquor licenses for his burger restaurants. Consider the harm and hopelessness if you aren't a wealthy, famous music and movie star.
At a base level though, why do the feds encourage states to bar former felons from the number one civic duty of voting? Only two New England states let incarcerated criminals vote absentee. Quite a few permanently ban participation in elections.
There is some logic to preventing ex-convicts from getting gun permits...but only if they had committed vioent offenses. But honestly, why separate the paid-their-debt crowd from the rights of citizenship?
Join us tonight at 9:00 p.m. (CT) PTSD Power Hour, we will be focusing on Reintegration of The Wounded Warrior". Do not miss it!
This is a conversation about navigating through the pitfalls of obtaining employment as an ex-offender in today's society! This is an open conversation to all! The following topics will be covered: finding your skills sets; networking, completing the application, creating resumes, interviewing with confidence, and of course the follow up to the interview. Remember that this is all about empowering ex-offenders to become powerfully productive citizens to society. This is our community and we must do what we can to empower it! We all want to be successful
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