United Veterans Network is committed to providing opportunities and support to reduce symptoms of PTSD, depression and homelessness for Veterans returning from combat.
Many Veterans struggle with PTSD, depression and isolation when they return to civilian life. They can have difficulty finding purpose and a new mission. They need time and an opportunity to heal. Studies have shown that service members who participate in community agricultural initiatives report improvements in sleep nutrition, and overall health, with decreases in anxiety, pain, depression and medication/substance abuse, all know factors that affect Veteran reintegration. (source: research.va.gov)
Located in Central Nebraska, we are in the process of building a networking group in the area. It is focused on creating a much needed social group within the Veteran community while offering opportunities for support personal growth and outreach. We will focus on supporting Veterans in need or at risk of financial difficulties and lacking a safety network. The group will also provide coaching on financial wellness, community speakers and job opportunities. We are working in concert with the local Veteran Service Office, VFW and American Legion.
Our Headquarters is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and in the heart of Kona coffee country. This location is focused on providing a supportive/healing resident environment in order to further build a social support network while learning tropical agriculture and coffee farming.
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Located in Central Nebraska, Detachment 1 is in the process of building a networking group in the area. It is focused on creating a much needed social group within the Veteran community while offering opportunities for support, personal growth and outreach. We will focus on supporting Veterans in all stages of life: to include those in need or at risk of financial difficulties and lacking a safety network. The group will also provide resources on topics such as financial wellness coaching, community speakers job opportunities and increasing awareness of VA benefits.
Our program focuses on creating healing opportunities through farming. A small group of Veterans will be hosted for up to a 90 day healing retreat and coffee farm experience.
For our pilot program, we have partnered with Kona Earth, a coffee on the Big Island of Hawaii. As our Veterans work side by side on the farm, they will gain new skills and knowledge. They will begin to build a relationship with the land and each other. Working with their hands in such an inspiring natural setting will reduce isolation and foster spiritual connection. They will find fellowship and renewed purpose, creating a team of Veterans who are united in support of one another.
In addition to learning the fundamentals of farming, Veterans would participate in healthy communal meals, weekly yoga, and various community projects. Taking advantage of the the nature and beauty of Hawaii, participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy group activities such as hiking, snorkeling, fishing and stand up paddle boarding.
Our farming retreats will provide the camaraderie and support needed to foster friendships and re-instill a sense of hope, providing direction and a new mission. The friendships developed during their time on the farm will help Vets build new connections, rekindling the sense of camaraderie they are missing. Over time UVN will represent a lifelong network for participants, reducing the risk of isolation, homelessness and suicide. Stay tuned
We are blessed to have the support of Kona Earth, a 30-acre coffee farm in the heart of Kona’s coffee belt in Hawai’i. When we approached husband and wife owners Steve and Joanie Wynn with our vision for UVN, they immediately offered their farm for our pilot program.
Our veteran participants will find a comfortable “home base” at Kona Earth during their stay. The Wynns have offered their farmhouse on the property so that participants can fully immerse themselves in life on the farm.
The Wynns nurture their Kona coffee from crop to cup and are excited to share this passion in such a rewarding way. Steve will work alongside the vets as they learn the ropes of Kona coffee farming. In addition to day-to-day farm management, harvest season presents an opportunity for them to learn about coffee processing. Joanie will share her knowledge of running the business and selling Kona Earth products direct-to-consumer through their e-commerce store.
During downtimes, vets can relax on the lanai and take in ocean views and tropical breezes while sipping the delicious Hawaiian specialty coffee they've helped to grow. There is space for a vegetable garden where they can learn to grow their own food.
Throughout their varied careers, Steve and Joanie have always been committed to giving back. The idea of supporting United Veterans Network deeply resonated with them. Steve’s dad was in the Army, Joanie’s dad was in the Air Force and her mom toured with USO during the Korean War. They understand the dedication of service members and are humbled to offer their farm as a way to contribute to veteran healing.
United Veterans Network is a non-profit organization headquartered in Holualoa Hawaii. Tax ID 501 (c)(3) 88-1859908
The initial programs will take place in Nebraska and at Kona Earth in Holualoa, with plans of expansion to include:
We love our supporters, so please feel free to reach out if you are interested in our program or would like to donate. If you want to come up and visit the farm just give us a call or email. We currently are open by appointment only. So if you're going to be in the area, please contact us and we'll have a cup of coffee and talk story!
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and fund our mission.