(Riverton, Wyo.) - The Soldier's House of Fremont County
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.
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.
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
- *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
- *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 email@example.com or 307-856-1244. Also check
them out on facebook.
*Feature photo: Aaron Sisinaro sits on the lap of Santa / Pitchengine
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