Veterans and their families gathered with Santa at the Soldier's House of Fremont County

(Riverton, Wyo.) - The Soldier's House of Fremont County hosted veterans and their families last night for their inaugural Christmas celebration. Around 10 families joined Charlie and Jen, owners of the Soldier's House, for an evening of mingling, snacks, hot chocolate, cookies and of course Santa. Infantryman Lance Williams, a 7-year Iraq War Veteran and member of the Soldier's House, played the role of Santa, while Sweet Faces by Cheryl photographed each family. Matt Herr, CWC Instructor, assisted with technology and photographs throughout the evening as well. Students at Cornerstone School baked cookies and made thank you cards for veterans, and those were handed out to veterans on their way out. [image: 0.jpg] We talked to an Iraq War Veteran who served between 2005-2010 who was new to the Soldier's House. He had found out about the event through the Cornerstone School and also had read about it on County 10. He was happy to have this service, and in fact, has an appointment set up with Charlie today to discuss the potential of joining the Soldier's House. [image: 0-4.jpg] Currently, in addition to free, confidential and ongoing therapy to post 9/11 veterans and their families regardless of discharge status, and maintaining a phone line that gets checked and responded to at least once a day, the Soldier’s House of Fremont County, is offering the following resources to ALL Wyoming veterans: - *Therapy –* Free and confidential walk-in hours every Thursday from 2-6PM - *Acupuncture* – Happening the 1st Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m. – noon. Two local, licensed acupuncturists are administering the VA approved protocol for PTSD treatment. This is free and no appointment is needed. - *Financial Services* – We have a local financial counselor offering free review of veterans and family financial situations and helping to coach them towards better futures. - *Movie Presentations* – On the last Thursday of every month, we show a free movie at the Soldier’s House with a contemporary military theme. Free popcorn and beverages as well. - *Other Group Gatherings* – On various occasions the Soldier’s House will host group gatherings for veterans of various eras. Look for these starting this fall. The Soldier's House hopes to incorporate additional gatherings and services in 2016. Jen and Charlie will begin a Gold Star Group gathering once a week for families to join in group and talk with others going through similar experiences. Soldier's House will also be hosting more barbecues as well as showing more movie presentations. The Invisible War, a powerful film that addresses military sexual assault, will be shown in early Spring at the Soldier's House as well as CWC. More on that to come. Charlie Wilson, psychotherapist and co-founder, would be happy to come speak to any interested group about the house and community support for veterans. Interested veterans and community members can contact Charlie and Jennifer Wilson at or 307-856-1244. Also check them out on facebook. [image: 0-3.jpg] [image: 0-6.jpg] *Feature photo: Aaron Sisinaro sits on the lap of Santa / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news #soldiershouse