Category: Senior News

A rather short heads up for current news on veterans affairs as it relates to the transition process for returning combat veterans. This radio program is clearly in the vanguard for an open dialogue about the nuances of the residuals of war. Should you have the time go to the podcast interview with Navy Cross recipient 3/5 Marines. Dark Horse, Jerimiah Woodward, author of “Shadow of the Sword”,  about his experience in Fallujah and then…..!  We hope this fine man will come join us at the next retreat on Nov-12-16, 2017 in San Juan, Batista,Ca.

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Nature, of itself, can be healing.  The desert held violence for me, but here I found peace.”

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This website and the Healing Journey it describes is a project of an organization called Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility.


Elder Warrior tradition comes from many long standing traditions: Native American, Roman, Greek, Maori, Islander etc.  The tradition is basic to all of them.  The returning warriors were welcomed, went through cleansing rites, were dined and had their wounds treated. Once that happened, the whole community would gather to listen respectfully to their stories.  The whole community owned responsibility for the warriors, what they had been asked to do in the name of the community and for what they experienced in war. The community claimed full responsibility for the individual actions of the warrior. Thus, the warrior did not carry all the guilt, wounds and weight of war by themselves.  A communal reckoning took place as well as the reintegration of the warriors.


The warriors were welcomed back into the community as Elder Warriors.  They were seen as carrying wisdom and strength for the community.  Consequently violence in the community dropped and the youth of the community looked to the Elder Warriors for guidance, mentoring and courage.

Drawing from all the wisdom cultures, we offer a pathway for this to occur in modern times.  The pathway we have formed is Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility, which takes veterans and civilians through a guided process of encounter and civilian responsibility taking. 

 There is a Way Home

In order for the veteran and soldier to heal, (s)he must walk the journey home with a trusted, listening civilian.  For the civilian to heal, (s)he must open to learning of the soldiers experience.  For the nation to heal, both the soldier and the civilian must heal: the civilian becomes responsible and the soldier becomes the Elder Warrior.

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We Believe

Most people believe that PTSD stands for a clinical medical condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  We believe that PTSD, as it has been defined by Ed Tick and a number of other authors, is Post Traumatic Soul Distress recognizing that it is primarily a wound to the soul, a moral injury. 

We have found that the reintegration process is essential for the healing of moral/traumatic injury.  We have been stunned by the reports from our warrior participants telling us, early in the process, that long standing difficulties like sleep have lifted. 

Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers heal when welcomed by Civilians who take responsibility for them and for the wars they are asked to fight in our name.

Veterans heal when the community cares and supports soldiers on their return.  Active Duty suffer less PTSD and feel more connected when they return. They report feeling that this  make them better and safer soldiers.

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Our next Healing Journey is November 12-16, 2017. To Register Please go to the Healing Journey Registration Page on our site.

Our program provides scholarships for veterans and family members. It also includes ongoing research and development.  All donations are tax deductible.

We are willing to come and speak to a group about what we do.  Contact us to see if we have a team member near you and what it would entail to bring them there.  

By Check to: HTRR (Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility) 925 Bluebell Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

You can support us online by clicking on the Donate button.

 You can provide ongoing monthly support for our program by choosing and option and then clicking on the Ongoing Support button.

Option 1 : $10.00 USD – monthly
Option 2 : $20.00 USD – monthly
Option 3 : $50.00 USD – monthly

Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility
925 Bluebell Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 316-0218

5013c Non Profit since May, 2016


Victor Valley Marine Corps League Meeting

The January meeting of the Victor Valley Marine Corps League will be held Wednesday January 18th, at 6.30 pm at St. Hillary’s Episcopal Church at 11305 Hesperia Road. Our meetings are fast and efficient. Social time and dinining generally convenes by 8pm at the Desert Barn Brewery across the street. Good Marine humor follows us! For information call 760-550-8083

Transportation to Loma Linda VA free for Vets

Beginning Monday, January 9th, 2017 veterans who reside in the Victorville vicinity and who have a scheduled appointment at the Loma Linda VA will now have the opportunity for a free bus ride to Loma Linda. The program is called Veterans Express Transportation System. The pickup and drop off is on Lorene Drive behind Costco at Victor Valley Transit Authority. The bus leaves the High Desert at 7:50am and arrives at 9:15am. It departs at 3pm and arrives back in Victorville at 4:50pm. The veteran must have an appointment scheduled between 9:30am and 2pm.

For further information call 1-800-741-8387 ext. 6475

Who's In Charge? Not the 8th Commandment.

I feel confident we have the tools and epidemiological expertise to address and abate the concerns with the Zika virus. I am not so bolstered nor assured there are any strategies in place to deal with the intractable epidemic of character disorders that have permeated every facet of our culture. Industry, Commerce, Government and Religion are being subsumed by tabloid culture. Behavior aberrancy has found a way to step to the front of the line and assume the mantle.

Feeding this viral character flawed population of alleged leaders is the 24 hour cable news cycle that has devolved to a visual form of Peoples Magazine and a highly profitable cottage industry that promulgates the historical journalistic adage, “if it bleeds it leads.” The purity of the Fourth Estate is being invalidated by corporate news narcissism that supersedes the individual citizen and concedes its news selections to ratings based on the new advocacy journalism. Attribution of material and lasting truth are the casualties. This trend alone will erode our democracy and poison the pure intent of free speech.

So who is in charge of this dystopia of advance payment disinformation that can seldom be discerned to be accurate? No one! It is like smoking cigarettes; a bad habit that consumed a nation, with no one in charge. The bad karma part of this trend is that  much of the media; print and broadcast, and the politico ghost writers, are violating the 8th commandment. To quote Ted Koppel, ” the Ten Commandments were not called the Ten Suggestions.”  The upshot being, there are consequences, most of which have their genesis in Citizens United. Remember the Supreme Court decision about “Stolen Valor?” It simply stated that it is not illegal to lie. To many of these earlier mentioned character flawed leaders, this is a green light to confabulate stories, character assassinations and  revisionist history. The current treatment of returning frozen assets to  Iran is a  prime example of scant attention to historical truth. How many of the common citizens know that these monies were for military equipment that we sold to them but never delivered as a result of the Regime, that we propped up, collapsing in 1979. We sold them F-16 and trained their pilots in Tucson, Arizona. Will you ever see any of this back story in news outlets? Washed away with the wave of currency over all aspects of history. Just one example of the frozen Fourth Estate. Cable news is on a feeding frenzy of controversy and have no interest in digging deeper to its origins. Ongoing controversy gains higher ratings than  thoughtful researched  narrative. There are exceptions, the Wall Street Journal.  Time Magazine, Atlantic, Harpers, New Yorker, Hillsdale ,New Max, The New American,(John Birch Society), Mother Jones. But how many read these?

The phrase, Fourth Estate is credited to Edmund Burke (1729-1797) a British politician who once asserted,” there are three Estates in Parliament, but in the Reporters Gallery yonder there sat a Fourth Estate more important then they all.”

Our First Amendment to the Constitution grants freedom for the press and allows it to be the watchdog and source of vigilance for the commoner. Yet the bastions of investigative journalism that informs and elevates the collective consciousness is an empty desk in the daily news.

I return to my assertion, we have become a nation of polarized peoples who rely on news that violates the 8th Commandment every single day. Is it possible that this is antecedent to most other national maladies?

The 8th Commandment is thus, You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Admittedly, I was educated in Catholic schools, where we were instructed to engage in frequent “examination of conscience.”  That meant giving attention to the nuances of the 10 Commandments.   Some of those related to the 8th Commandment would be, deliberate lies,  perjury, harming  another’s reputation (slander or gossip), telling the  faults  of others (detraction), betraying trust, uncharitable criticism, rash  judgements and false suspicions, deliberately  misleading or deceiving and most important to this writer, is refusing to forgive.

In a nation that professes to be founded on Christian principles with a rising population of  Evangelicals,  should we not be reminded that these Commandments are not the 10 Suggestions.

Off to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies now. The perfect antidote to our news cycle.