Congressman Tony Cardenas invites you to his Veteran's Day forum. Come learn about resources available for Veterans in the San Fernando Vally and to Honor our Troops. Join us as we share some mindfulness, information, refreshments, and expressions of appreciation for those who have served.
Monday November 11th, 2019 | 4:00PM
Casa Torres Banquet Hall
455 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
San Fernando City, CA 91340
Mindful Warrior Project to let Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, & Reserve members & their family members know about all of the opporutnities Mindful Warrior Project makes available.
Monday November 11th, 2019 | 11:30AM-1:30PM
Veteran's Resource Fair, Food Trucks, Static displays, aerial demonstrations, entertainment and much more. Bring your family for this FREE event!
Monday November 11th, 2019 | 10:00AM
3911 S Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Veterans taking part in Mindful Warrior Project programs are invited are invited to enjoy great food and music as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors host an evening of Community Thanksgiving to thank our veterans for their service.
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*Only approved guests will be admitted and must show photo ID.
Early registration is now open for Student Veterans of America’s (SVA) annual conference. NatCon 2020 takes place in Los Angeles on January 3-5, 2020. More student Veterans attend NatCon than any other conference in the country, and is supported by advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders and supporters in higher education.
The Student Veterans of America’s NatCon brings more than 2,000 student Veterans from around the country together to learn from inspiring speakers and leaders. There will be more than 96 breakout sessions. SVA also recognizes Veteran students and supporters during its annual SVA honors award ceremony.
NatCon welcomes over 100 sponsors and exhibitors annually, including Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Past speakers have included Medal of Honor Recipients Ryan Pitts and Kyle White, Former VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Vice President Joe Biden, Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and President George W. Bush.
Every Thursday evening, Veterans all over the United States meet up to practice yoga. The Veterans spend an hour together, but they never see one another and likely will never even meet. This yoga class requires no travel, no membership or studio, and no special clothing or mat. Veterans perform the weekly yoga nidra session in their own space, on their own bed, couch or favorite chair. These Thursday evening classmates meet over the phone to participate in an hour of yoga nidra that follows the iRest methodology.
Yoga nidra, also called yoga sleep, is an altered state of consciousness in which participants meditate and go into a state on the cusp of the sleep state. Participants must completely relax and rest while the brain remains active and able to hear everything the instructor says, though the person may not be fully aware.
Integrative Restoration (iRest), is a version of yoga nidra developed by Dr. Richard Miller with Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Department of Defense. It was first used by soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD. This meditation method is very helpful for issues like PTSD and anxiety, sleep problems and chronic pain. Data collected from iRest participants indicates the practice improves sleep quality, reduces anxiety, and enhances resiliency in stressful situations.
Guided, weekly session
VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), located in Palo Alto, Calif., offers weekly phone meditation sessions. The virtual guided meditation begins Thursday evenings at 5 p.m., Pacific time, and all Veterans are invited to join the class.
“It relaxes my whole mind and body; all stress melts away,” said Air Force Veteran Joe Valentino. “A lot of it is sensing your body and quieting your mind. So while I’m meditating, I’ll picture my blood stream running through a coffee filter that’s filtering out all the bad stuff that I’ll throw away when I’m done.”
Valentino gets his care from the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System’s medical center in New Orleans. He first learned about yoga nidra and iRest from a flyer his provider gave him.
“I try not to miss a week,” Valentino said. “It helps release anxiety, tension, helps me sleep better. I really enjoy it.”
No referral, experience, or prescription needed
Veterans can try yoga nidra any Thursday evening of their choice, without referral, prior experience or prescription. They only need a phone, an open mind and a quiet, safe space to meditate.
All Veterans are welcome to attend the weekly live sessions over the phone. Just call 800-767-1750 and type in access code 24953# (code is only valid at start time). Learn more about yoga nidra at www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/clinical/integrative-health/ca/yoga-nidra-meditation-veteran.pdf.
Veterans who would rather try a prerecorded eight-session series can find it on the WRIISC website at www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/meditation/default.asp.
Learn more about VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers located in California, New Jersey and Washington D.C. at www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/index.asp.
Thursday October 31st, 2019 | 5:00PM
Veterans perform the weekly yoga nidra session in their own space, on their own bed, couch or favorite chair
The VRC is a dedicated space within the library where veterans and their families can receive guidance in obtaining the benefits and services they have earned. 3rd Floor.
Azusa Veteran's Memorial Committee invites you to join the celebration of Veteran's Day on Sunday.