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Futuristic view of the village. Architect Michael Murray RA

Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans
Training for different functions.

A job that a Veteran fulfilled before the war, is not normal anymore, a large percentage of
combat vets are suffering from PTSD and TBI.
A combat veteran left as a person, and return as another.

New skills must be acquired as Veterans re-adjust.

A veteran need to be understood, feel useful, wanted, and loved.
But the core of this is love that you can see, love that you can feel,
and love that you can touch.
Other classes will be offered to the veterans at no charge to discover their new skills:
what they will be successful with, what interest them today.
They need to find “that other person” in order to function normally again,
so it will be part of all the series of education, wellness, therapy, workshops,
step by step to work out through PTSD - through the suffering,
through the trauma - others will be done hand on hand, a caring circle.

Most of the Veterans-teachers will be present to give their support
and help other veteran's.  
In other words, it will be Veterans working with Veterans.  

This is now open to all the veterans coming back from the Middle East.

The village will function in such a way that the core of the organization will be totally run by
volunteers at first. The volunteering will be done mainly by the Veterans themselves.  
A home-like feeling, veterans will have to build it for themselves.  
In other words, not to build stone by stone buildings, but to build it with their spirit,
with their goal, with what they want to see come out of this project.  
It will be their project and a model.

We will start it with a board of Veterans who very much want to help others and themselves
and their families in this process.
Our Veterans are very highly motivated. I have met them.

The support is national; I’ve been speaking of the VeteransVillage project nationally.
It is a good time to show everyone how serious this we all are. Our streets are already filled
with homeless Veterans from Vietnam and now Veterans OIF-OEF post 9/11 and this is not
We, as a society, need to do something and reverse veteran's homelessness.
We are their family. Recognizing our responsibilities toward our veterans, acknowledging
how dramatic the situation really is. Each community should be able to donate time and
money to help them rebuild their lives.
We accepted this war.
It is time to bring closure to it as best we can, so let’s do it.  Veterans will decide after
speaking in depth with other Veterans in need how long and what sort of support, care,
rehabilitation that this person will need.
This will be based on many things from being able to work or not, the degree of trauma and
suffering, the severity of injuries and ability to function as a civilian, can this Veteran
normally sit a restaurant table without having a flashback or physical pain?
This type of discovery will enable us to determine the length of time each Veteran will need.
Our program will offer from probably a few weeks where the Veteran can go through
therapy and a self-confidence program to bringing back the self-esteem.
If the Veteran needs an extended stay, then he/she will share in the task to build the center
and stay as long as needed.
We will be there for them. We are not going to turn them out to the street if longer cares
are needed. With job training and therapy, veterans will be able to progress and help
themselves and their families.

The goal will become closer to the person a veteran wants to be and regain a proper  
place as a family member and a productive person within society.

Living Arrangements
Simple living arrangements will be available.  
When I say basic-simple, I mean it won’t be as strict as a monastery or not as deluxe as a
three star hotel, but somewhere in between.  
We will provide what people need to go about their day.  

The program will be designed to have people workout their own challenges with
professionals as well as job trainings, college education will be available.
The Village is the place to build a new life with empowerment and motivation.
Going back into society with the right skills to find work and be healed
from the trauma of war.
Helping veterans and their families.  

The importance of creating villages:
self-sustained and run by the veterans themselves, from the water
to the food that we are going to consume, to the building that we are going to live in.  
The buildings should be created from veteran's hands and skills.  
This is project is a VeteransVillage project.

The Domes etc...

I have chosen domes because of energy savings, efficiency and sturdiness and safety.  
Some of the domes designs provide kits and are very easy to build.
We need muscles and a crane to build domes.
That is all we need! The rest will automatically come together.  
Veterans who come from all walks of life will join, so it will be an
excellent time to put their skills to work for the center.  
Some domes are amazing because they are fireproof and earthquake proof.  
After Hurricane Andrew, the houses were gone, but the only dome remained.  
I don’t think that a dome will float, ha ha...but domes are just amazing.  
The “A-Dome”, as they are called in Alaska, can be entirely heated with one fireplace.  
A dome in Twenty-Nine Palms in the California high desert that can be entirely cooled with
one fan or swamp cooler.

Solar and Wind Power

Having solar power and or wind power, is a must; even water-power, if available.
Totally self-sustained and ecologically correct way of life.
Traditional electrical power as a back-up only also to use water supply from the city as
Reconnecting to the earth again, and from our roots re-learning our basic universal laws.
Growing our own food and living in harmony with the land.  
Many people have never been introduced to the importance of respect to our land and our
planet, this is a start, really!
The beginning of a new era, re-connection between the earth and our Spirit along with
caring for one-another, tolerance, and compassion. When some assimilation of wisdom will
take place, we will be able to face anything and delete homelessness for Veterans.

For electricity, some of the triangles (on the domes) can be replaced by windows and there
is filtered light through every part of the house.  
So, it’s the best thing there is.
The domes can be very large or small. The price is very affordable.  
You can build a large 4,000 sq feet dome that would cost close to $40,000.  I have the
information – not sure if it is precise anymore, but I have all of that on hand.

We will have an arts and crafts workshop and there may be Veterans who like to weave
baskets and create various crafts.  The art created by Veterans could be put into an
art shop, put on consignment, or sold in a gift shop to provide funding to run the center and
or pocket money for the veterans themselves.  Some have lost everything and they will
need help to regain their self- esteem. Creating jobs. Becoming family farmers.
Growing and marketing flowers, etc   
Sell crops – extras to the farmers markets.  We can make clothing, we can tie die, build
chairs, etc.  We will come up with ideas along the way. Eggs, chickens, flowers, fruit, host
events, concerts, and one organic restaurant. The opportunities are wide open.  
The possibilities are endless.
Opening the way to others.

Expansion to life
I have been speaking since my son’s death across country and EU.
I always bring to the audience the fact that caring for each other and caring for the veterans
will save lives and give enough hope to start new one.
When I say this I am focusing on each and every one of us.

Living with PTSD, managing your life.

Peaceful serenity, the first view I have is of rows of vegetables and people planting...
Farming, growing, planting is the opposite of war, it is the creation of a new life!
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