May 26, 2011 at 05:14 AM EDT
New Los Angeles Veterans Preservation Corps Restores Pride In City's Homeless Vets
On June 17th, 2011 a very unique Color Guard of veterans will help mark a special day of celebration for Los Angeles' new Veterans Preservation Corps. Hosting a graduation ceremony at 12:30 pm at Heritage Square Museum, the program organizers will honor their first six veterans to triumph over difficult circumstances (such as homelessness and PTSD), and complete the Corps 12 week niche pilot course in historic building restoration and preservation. Event graduates of the pilot program, known as Preservation through Practice offered by Heritage Square, will be honored by the Corps partners, New Directions, Inc., Preservation Arts, and Heritage Square Museum.
Initially funded by the US Department of Labor, Heritage Square Museum's program Preservation through Practice, recruits, teaches and trains craftsman and construction novices, through hands-on preservation courses, to actively restore Los Angeles' historic buildings. Combining forces with LA's historic restoration company Preservation Arts and LA based New Directions, Inc. treatment center and transitional housing program for homeless vets, the museum has expanded the program to include veterans, leading to a partnership known as the Veterans Preservation Corps.
Offering additional program support, the LA based national campaign Harvesting Happiness for Heroes will be on hand weekly to help reconstruct personal happiness, through positive psychology coaching techniques created by the HH4Heroes Organization for PTSD therapy. HH4Heroes will enhance the lives of participating vets, as they rebuild their place among working society. Each partner brings a niche value to the Corps' new program, offering post combat stress and homeless veterans alike an opportunity for work-force re-entry.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD affects approximately 12-25% of returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan alone. Los Angeles currently has 11% of the nation's total homeless veteran population. The Veterans Preservation Corps offers Los Angeles veterans aid with homelessness and PTSD management in four key areas: Transitional veteran housing and treatment, education, applicable 12 week on site job training, and therapy through personal life coaching.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for homeless veterans of all service backgrounds in Los Angeles, not only to preserve the historic buildings of our nation, but to preserve their own personal contribution to our nation's history with renewed pride." Says Preservation Arts Founder, Charles Kibby. "I speak on behalf of all the Veterans Preservation Corps Board of Directors, when I say that we are so proud of these six graduates and we look forward to seeing the next class of participants successfully complete our program!" Flying colors will be presented by the Veteran Color Guard of New Directions, Inc. as the New Directions Choir (seen on America's Got Talent) accompanies the presentation in honor of the occasion. In attendance will be honored guests, invited attendees from the retired Armed Forces, Veterans Preservation Corps Directory Board members and supporters, and friends and family of the graduates.
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The Veterans Preservation Corps is seeking corporate support from national outlets interested in contributing to the program. Please contact Carrie Hill Public Relations for more information.
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/LAVeteransPreservation/CorpsHelpsHomlessVets/prweb8469846.htm
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