A Brief History and Overview
The “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” Program (MBSR) is a well regarded
mind/body skills training protocol that has been used successfully for over 30
years to help people deal with stress, pain, and illness.
Pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical
Center, what was once a small clinic has become the “Center for Mindfulness in
Medicine, Health Care, and Society”. In addition to qraduatinq over 15,000
people from their program with many successful results, the Center provides
professional training and conducts research. Their training programs have
helped make MBSR available throughout the US and internationally; and, their
research initiatives have helped create a body of evidence regarding the
efficacy of MBSR for a variety of health conditions, as well as interest in its
application beyond health care.
What is unique about MBSR is of course the emphasis on “mindfulness”- which
can simply be defined as non-judgmental, present moment awareness. As true
mindfulness can only be experienced, the program emphasizes experiential
practices- both within the classroom and at home, for the duration of the course.
It is through these practices that participants learn to harness the power selfawareness
and skills of self-regulation. Experiential practice, a strong didactic
foundation, and a highly supportive environment are the 3 pillars of MBSR. For
many participants, it is a unique and life-affirming educational experience that
has enormous practical value.
More’ about Mindfulness and the Stress Phenomena
Mindfulness simply means present moment awareness. When we are being
mindful, we are aware of what is happening in the present moment. Likewise,
when we are mindless, we are not aware of what is happening in the present
moment because our thoughts and attention are somewhere else.
The term “mindless” is problematic because it seems to imply that we are being
stupid. Really, mindlessness is more a state of mental agitation. Our attention
and awareness is moving around haphazardly and without realizing it, our
thoughts and feelings ignite stress physiology. Our system then prepares itself
for imminent danger- our heart rate will elevate, blood sugar levels will
increase, the breath will get faster and shorter, our body will tense, our
perception will narrow. We are unconsciously preparing ourselves to fight, flee,
or freeze. This innate ability to deal with danger is a sign of health, but if it is
chronically activated and repeatedly inhibited, it results in many of the
symptoms we associate with stress: high blood pressure, anxiety, moodiness
and irritability, body tension, aches and pain, isolation and emotional
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BASE CAMP 2010
Veterans and friends are cordially invited to attend Base Camp 2010 to be held April 2, 3, 4 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 2010. The purpose of Base Camp is to provide a location for veterans and friends to assemble and share camaraderie. Live music and entertainment is provided on Saturday night. ADMISSION IS FREE.
Base Camp is an area lined with bunker/fighting positions simulating a firebase or a line unit’s perimeter defense camp. Military apparel and military vehicles are welcomed to add to the ambiance. All veterans are encouraged to attend. There is a 90-foot high flagpole with a large American flag and the Republic of South Viet Nam flag. There is also a 35-foot high observation tower and other military type structures, water and two flush toilets, a stage for live entertainment on Saturday, and a shooting range dug into the ground at the base of a mountain as a backstop for target shooting. Camp out Friday and Saturday nights. Bring your own food, beverages, drinking water, and firewood.
DIRECTIONS TO BASE CAMP
Traveling south on I-10 from Phoenix, exit I-10 at Wild Horse Pass. Take the first left turn (Maricopa) to go past Firebird Lakes on your left. Proceed past the fire station on your right to the T intersection with the stop sign. Turn right. Now you are on the road (Highway 347) to Maricopa. Go through Maricopa, cross the Railroad tracks by the big RR water tower and continue 2 miles to Ak Chin Casino. Highway 347 is also called John Wayne Highway. Go 2 miles past the casino to Papago (you will see a large Santa Rosa Cooling sign) where you turn right (west). Go west 4.5 miles on Papago until you curve left (south) on to Warren. Go about .9 miles south on Warren until you reach Val Vista where you turn right (west). Go west .5 miles on Val Vista through the wash and past the canal to the first street on your left—Deer Trail. Turn left (south) onto Deer Trail, and go .5 miles to where it Ts into Quail Run. Go right (west) on Quail Run for 1/10 of a mile to the entrance of 9014 North Wealth Road and Base Camp. The house phone number is 520-868-6777 and my cell phone number is 602-509-8763.
April 2—1200—Set up camp
April 3—1000—US and RVN flag-raising, Betsey Bayless and other dignataries 1200—1800–Open Time
April 4–Break camp—go home
THERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE, FAIR RULES TO FOLLOW WHILE AT BASE CAMP.
- You WILL have fun.
- Shooting range use—SAFETY FIRST—and police all brass and ammo.
- NO ILLEGAL DRUGS.
4. HOLD HANDLE DOWN until toilet flushes completely as a courtesy to others.
5. POLICE your areas of ALL TRASH and respect other people’s rights and property.
We’ll see you at Base Camp 2010. For further information, call Joe at 602-509-8762 or 602-253-2378 or 520-868-6777.
This past Friday, the owners of Hotel Congress met with a collection of veterans to launch Tucson’s first, “Sand Jam” concert in recognition and support of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of War.
The Concert will be held at Club Congress on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 the day prior to Memorial Day. David Slutes of Hotel Congress is the lead promoter of the event and will be selecting a variety of bands to perform that day. All parties involved are open to suggestions for performing acts. The event is scheduled from noon to 8pm.
The newly remodeled patio of the Hotel can accommodate approximately 1500 attendees with room for outdoor performance stages. Maynards and the Cup Cafe will be serving food.
Suppliers and vendors are welcome for this inaugural event.
Tucson has a tremendous history of support for our veterans. I am certain this will be a smash hit and a catalyst for a gathering place for vets to share stories and find community support.
For further details and sponsorship opportunities call Scotty Scotton/ Iraq Veteran. 520-272-7031. email; “carsforvets.webs.com”
The Daughters Of The American Revolution, El Presidio Chapter, Host Carden of Tucson Essay Contest WinnersFriday, February 12th, 2010
The Carden of Tucson is to be lauded for its educational focus on pivotal life changing events in American History, as was the development and construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.
Railroads have been embedded in the American imagination since the early 1800′s. The proverbial iron horse traversed lands that horses and riverboats could not venture.
Our government knew well how vital the railroads were to the settlement of the West and the growth of a young economy. It was our government that made huge land grants and loans to entrepreneurs that were ultimately the force behind Manifest Destiny. You might say that these grants were one of the first “Stimulus Programs.”
No one beefed about government money in those days, at least not the rich.
This years Essay Contest, sponsored by the El Presidio Chapter of the Daughters Of The American Revolution, first organized in 1890, with a Tucson presence for 95 years, posed the following scenario to a group of middle school children.
Imagine you were living at the time of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Describe how you felt on May, 10th, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at the Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Pretend you are either settler planning to use the train to travel to your new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad.
The DAR ceremony began with great decorum including the posting of colors by the Flowing Wells Jr. ROTC.
As the children read their essays covering the time, travails and geography of the movement west, I could feel the romance that engaged a nation in the first long distance travel chock full of adventure and new starts for many Americans. These kids did a wonderful job capturing not just the romance and unpredictable tales of daily life, but also at what expense the railroad worker had to subject himself for a paycheck. Their lives were bleak and the conditions were harsh. The Central Pacific Railroad hired many thousands of Chinese would could otherwise not be employed, while the Union Pacific employed Irish immigrants, famished and starved from the Potato Famine, and desperate out-of-work Civil War Veterans to lay track across some incredibly dangerous terrain that was populated by hostile Indian warriors. Illness and injuries took the lives of nearly 20.000.
Our student essayists chronicled these history making laborers with their award winning narratives. I plan to attach the essays to this blog sometime this weekend.
The 2010 Carden Academy of Tucson winners of the DAR American History Essay Contest are:
Tatianna Sierra 5th grade
Kristiana Weaver 6th grade
Nathaniel Unruh 7th grade
Blake Tanner 8th grade
Congratulations young Americans! And, thank you to the teachers of the Carden of Tucson.
A special thank you to the Daughters of the American Revolution for keeping our history alive and meaningful to our youth.
“The Messenger brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity,” says the Loft reviewer.
I am not a movie reviewer of any sorts, and should not even make a dilettante’s attempt. But I am a combat veteran, and I do know pathos when it strikes. The Messenger strikes with a tour de force that penetrates all polite feelings in the first five minutes.
For a numbed out vet like myself, when feeling comes along I am usually heading to the hills. In this flick the hills will surround you.
Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster,(3:10 To Yuma), are so well cast for this production that you would think they were both lifer’s in the Army.
Be prepared for some heavy reality of the aftermath of war…being the reporting to the next of kin of those killed in action. Sort of a brick in your lap type of reality but one that will enlighten the un-initiated to the full spectrum of war.
The Messenger plays this week through Thursday. Check the showtimes at 795-7777.
It could be one doozy of a project for our veteran readers to attend one of the showings allowing us all to engage in an online group review.
A glass of wine at the Loft is in order for this one.
Happy New year to all of our veterans and their families. Soldier, Sailor, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard. You all are the ones that allow us to use the word pride in our dedication to our Country and its system of governing. With all of our travails we still have more liberty and opportunity than most nations on earth. It is you the veteran who paid the dues as a guardian of those sometimes delicate but enduring freedoms.
Since this site was launched in July, we appear to be well received by the readers. It looks like we have the building blocks to be a continuing and reliable source of useful information and a solid connection to the community.
I do hope that Veteran Veritas has lived up to its mission of advocacy to veterans and their families. A ton of dialogue with our local population of vets has its genesis in this Blog, and I look forward to maintaining that trust and helpfulness.
I start every new year with the Parade of Roses in Pasadena. Its embodiment of Americana is unsurpassed anywhere. And the overall purity of the entire event, schmaltzy as it may be, brings the old Boy Scout out of me and a cart load of Hope at the same time.
Everyone of those floats commemorates something good and decent about our people and our common house called America.
Possibly we would all do well to build a float in 2010 to something good and decent and then emulate that throughout the year.
God bless your heartfelt intentions and may the light of the Holy Spirit guide your every decision.
HAPPY NEW YEAR Mike Brewer/USMC
January marks the fifth year of our free retreats at the Merritt Center in Payson Arizona. These workshop weekends are the vision of the retreat founder, Betty Merritt. The entire weekend, food and lodging and workshop material is free to all combat veterans of all wars.
While the original outreach efforts were targeting just the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the directors and veteran mentors discovered in the third year that the mixture of the very broad demographic base of veterans, meaning WWll, Korea, Panama, Bosnian, Desert Storm, Vietnam, afforded a rather magical setting. War is war, and its psychic residue does not change much through time. Much of what Shakespeare and Steven Crane wrote about could be laid upon the soldier from Baghadad or Kabul.
The Soldier, Sailor, Marine, will not find anything like the Merritt Center in the conventional world of transition programs. One vet tagged this set of workshops as “a very fine dessert, after a superb meal.” I concur, having had the honor of participating for the past four years.
Warriors simply leave this place as a new and improved version, with tools in their psychological and spiritual arsenal that they heretofore did not even know they had available.
The mentors are not third party helpers either. They are all men and women who have been steeped in combat and have an uncanny ability to bond with others. Frankly, they just know the meaning of love.
This is not a Church program, and no one need fear any messy evangelizing. While many of us are affiliated with our own churches, we are not in the conversion business. This program is, straight away, focused on leaving the veteran with a healthy life soul and healthy life style and does so in ways where cognitive therapy leaves off. And did I say it is FREE?
Thanks to a stable of benefactors and grants the Merritt Center Board has been able to maintain this gratis offering. We pray that remains, and are always open to other grant and philanthropic opportunities.
The 2010 schedule is as follows:
The veteran may enter at session #2, after that it is closed. For applications go to the website at “MerrittCenter.org” or call Mike Brewer/USMC at 520-360-6933
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good nights sleep!
The following was sent to me by our Earth Mother, Betty Merritt who owns and operates a little slice of heaven known as the Merritt Center in Payson, Arizona. Many a man and woman have completed her tailor-made curriculum for healing from that ravages of war. There is simply nothing like it in all the 50 States. It heals. It works. It brings contentment,where there was once psychic pain. It brings love where there was once bitterness and rage. It brings intimacy where there was distrust.
I have had the great fortune to be part of this program for the past 5 years, and currently serve as a mentor and outreach contact for Southern Arizona.
The free retreats start up again in January. Let us know if you know of someone who may want to attend. We can arrange transportation too.
One-stop help for vets available at Web site
By Alexis Bechman
November 24, 2009
When soldiers return home from war, they leave behind one battlefield but often find themselves thrust onto a new battlefield — this time fighting enemies in their mind.
The last thing a veteran should have to worry about is where he will get medical care, housing, food or support. But after a recent veterans discussion at Gila Community College, a small group of veterans, therapists and counselors decided Payson combat veterans need more support.
Following that Nov. 12 panel discussion, 13-year Army veteran Miles Hanson, who only moved to town six months ago, stepped up and started a Web site, www.paysonveterans.org. The site gives local information pertaining to employment, housing, medical care, veteran groups, current events, self-help and most importantly, a place for support.
“A one-stop shop for returning veterans and those already here is a great benefit to local veterans and the community as well,” Miles said.
Betty Merritt, founder and owner of the Merritt Center, put on the discussion and said Payson needs to offer its veterans more assistance after they return home from war.
“There isn’t anywhere enough services that you deserve,” Merritt said.
Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Joseph Robinson and Vietnam veteran Kevin Whitaker said they have both dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since returning home from war and found the bureaucratic process for getting help frustrating.
PTSD affects approximately 30 percent of soldiers who spend time in a war zone, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. PTSD develops after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal and can often last years.
Whitaker said he spent the last 22 years living alone in Pine dealing with his own version of PTSD.
“I avoided anything dealing with veterans,” Whitaker said to the group. “I didn’t even tell people I was a veteran. But now I would like to help other veterans.”
Beyond the Web site, the group agreed a bricks and mortar location for assistance would be great along with a veterans advocate for Rim Country veterans.
Miles said he would also like to create a business card with basic information about services that could be placed in businesses around town.
Most importantly, veterans need to feel that the community supports them and there is a place to go for help, Merritt said.
“There is a sense that the community expends little energy at the individual level with veterans,” Merritt said. “There is a need to expand the therapeutic community’s understanding and support of the needs of veterans.”
When people go off to war, they are programmed to be soldiers. When they come back, they need to be deprogramed, she added.
“If we don’t recognize that these people need help, we have reactive outbursts,” she said, pointing to the recent shooting at Fort Hood.
Another case hit closer to home, a February standoff involving a veteran and Payson Police.
On Feb. 1, Gulf War veteran Michael Gene Robinson, 52, began a nine-hour standoff by barricading himself inside his home and shooting at police officers.
Talking with police negotiators, Robinson said that the officers in front of his house were Iraqis and therefore his enemy. Robinson eventually told negotiators he was suffering from PTSD. Eventually Robinson surrendered and no one was injured.
Although Army Reserve sergeant Ken Moorin was never violent like Robinson, he was diagnosed with PTSD after he returned from Baghdad in 2004. Moorin suffered panic attacks that were especially debilitating during thunderstorms. Seeking release, Moorin attended Merritt’s free retreat for veterans in Star Valley.
“I felt a sense of peace being with other veterans,” Moorin said. “Talking was so helpful because there is so much anger and sadness.”
“It has to go somewhere so it might as well be health,” he added.
Merritt founded the non-profit Merritt Center in 1987 to offer renewal and empowerment workshops.
Spread over four weekends, veterans work through a series of activities including trauma-release exercises, which allow veterans to release tension stored in the sciatic nerve during combat.
Merritt was inspired to start the Merritt Center after experiencing her own release during a massage. At the time, Merritt was a successful executive with a large corporation.
“An hour into the message I started breathing differently and I felt a white light in my body,” she said. “It said ‘Let go’ so I quit my job the next week.”
Not knowing what she was going to do, Merritt meditated on an answer and saw fields of pansies. In August 1986, Merritt started a cross-country drive looking for the field of pansies she had envisioned. After 36,000 miles, Merritt ended up at the lodge in Star Valley, where she found a field of Johnny jump-ups blooming.
At the time, a doctor was using the center as a retreat for cancer patients. In 1987, Merritt took it over.
For the last five years, Merritt has offered retreats free for veterans.
“So often they come back and try to numb the pain through either alcohol or other stuff,” she said. “We don’t just shake it off so we need to learn how to release it.”
The first two weekends of the retreat involve bonding with other veterans who have gone through the program.
“A talking circle is introduced in the first session and used throughout the program to provide the foundation for creating trust. With others in the circle acknowledging their traumatic experiences the vet is willing to explore his/her own and before the circle ends or definitely before the first weekend ends, the vet is willing to share a piece of the experienced trauma,” she said.
At the end of each weekend, veterans are given activities to practice at home.
During the third weekend, veterans let go of the traumatic event during a Native American sweat lodge ceremony. During the sweat, Merritt said she keeps the door open more than it is closed.
At the end of the sweat, some veterans exit the lodge feeling reborn.
After letting go of the trauma, veterans replace it with something positive, Merritt said.
During the final weekend, veterans create new life goals. In the past, one veteran expressed a desire to write a book and another wished to give whale tours.
Whatever the dream, Merritt encourages veterans to follow through.
“I am living proof of making your dreams come true,” she said.
Visit the www.merrittcenter.org for the free online workbook, Basic Training for Life, a self-help program for returning veterans.
Originally published at: http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2009/nov/24/onestop_help_vets_available_web_site/
On Thursday, November 19th, 2009 from 5:45pm to 7:45pm at Himmel Park Library, located at 1035 N. Treat Ave, near Tucson Blvd. and Speedway, there will be a Forum for dialogue with the community about veterans of war returning home. The topic is:
VETERANS OVERCOMING TRANSITION ISSUES OF EXITING WAR AND ENTERING POLITE SOCIETY
Join us in a “Coming Home” dialogue that intends to inform and engage the whole community in learning new ways of viewing the veterans you know and love. This is the first in a series of panel discussions and is intended for veterans of all ages and families from all generations. An extensive question and answer session is scheduled.
For information call Sue Parker at Himmel Library 520-594-5305 ext.3
Now ladies and gentlemen of the TucsonCitizen.com this is funny stuff. This salute to veterans has been sitting here all day in a draft form. So,I will share some humanity with you… It is possible that the Marine Corps Birthday was a bit too spirited, therefore effecting the memory of Grampa! I just now realized that I did not post it,as I have had more phone calls today inbound and outbound, with cheers for Vets then ever in personal history. What a treat. What respect. Respect is good for the soul. Makes me feel energized and appreciated. I do hope one day we can celebrate the “Last Warrior.” Is it possible?
Join us tonight at Laffs for a show entitled “Comics for Courage” that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. Show time 7pm. Suggested donation $12. You know what is funny? They don’t have any Marines on stage. They don’t know us huh? So my one liner;You know why there is no such thing as a former Marine?….. you can’t reverse a lobotomy!!
The 22nd annual Nam Jam is tomorrow Saturday Nov.7th at Kennedy Park. Starts at 9am and runs until 7pm. The event is free. The parking is free. Beer sales start at noon. The participating Bands are: The Rowdies/ Angel Perez Band/ Blue Horse Blues/ Sarge Lintecum/ Dirtnap/ Bobby Soto &Los Recuerdos/ and Steel Ribbon closing out with their traditional Santana set. Steel Ribbon is lead by one of VVA’s first presidents and retired KOVA photographer Jim Randall.
Nam Jam has become a signature event for southern Arizona veterans and many of our guests who travel to just spend the day in fellowship with their comrades.
As one of the early organizers and a Past President of VVA I can testify to the importance of our coming together as a family of common experiences. My adult children and my wife will also acknowledge how meaningful it has been for them to congregate with other children and spouses of Vietnam Vets.
While it is rumored that Nam Jam may be seeing its days, I for one think it should continue in some form as there remains to be quiet healing that occurs in silent ways at this event.
The Vietnam War altered this nation with an indelible ink. Our generation of men and women warriors continue to bring insights to the new the soldier, sailor and Marine combatant.That link is too important to not keep alive. In fact it is a linkage that gives the young troops meaning, even when it is absent. We know that path.
I would like to see a segue of Nam Jam into Sand Jam. The OEF/OIF Vets can take this 22 year tradition of gathering in solidarity and call it their own, and us Grampas can help them pour the beer!
Nam Jam is a trademarked name. Meaning this is one of a kind in Tucson.
For two decades Nam Jam proceeds have helped the homeless, families, dependents, widows and orphans of Veterans. They have worked diligently to educate the public about the truth of Agent Orange,(which still has untold effects) and the status of POW/MIA’s, a problem that has yet to be abated.
So, what do the readers of Veteran Veritas think about launching SAND JAM to join forces with Iraq and Afghan Veterans to keep the event alive and well for the next generation of veterans? Please comment. Mike
The 22nd Annual
November 7, 2009
Kennedy Fiesta Park
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
FREE Parking & Admission
Beer Sales Start at Noon
Bike Show & Poker Run with Los Vatos South Siders Tucson
Angel Perez & Band
Blue Horse Blues Band
Bobby Soto & Los Recuerdos
Vicki Nelson presents The Veterans
For further information, go to www.TucsonNamVets.org
Well over a million troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since the advent of, “Shock and Awe” in March of 2003. A recent study by the VA has indicated that approximately 30% of the returning combat veterans are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder upon returning to civilian life. Most of these are young men and women are the future of our communities and our country. If these young and some not so young, as we have seen a much larger population of career soldiers and Marines in this conflict, are not diagnosed soon after coming home they frequently turn to substance abuse and behaviors that may interrupt relationships with family, friends and superiors. The Vietnam experience witnessed vets being reviled, rejected, misunderstood, and misdiagnosed,(PTSD entered the DSM in 1980). Many of these men and women isolated themselves, rebelled and eventually drained our society of its most precious resource; their productive lives. Will history repeat itself for this new generation of veterans? This must not come to pass again
There is a sacred place here in Arizona that is duty bound to prevent and ease the pain of transition to polite society. It is called the Merritt Center in Payson, Arizona. The Veteran Program that is now in its fourth year has been the source of healing and camaraderie for combat veterans from 7 Wars. From WWll to Tekrit the Merritt Center has hosted men and women who have one thing in common; War.
Since its founding in 1987, the Merritt Center, a non-profit organization has been working with individuals seeking positive ways to move past traumas that have disrupted their lives. The Center has a virtual potpourri of offerings from Sweat Lodges to native talking circles and deep massage therapy so as to get back in touch with the body and its ways of holding pain and emotion. The professionals who volunteer their time are all highly skilled in alternative techniques that bring a sense of closure to past bodily and emotional disruptions.
By observing the needs of the new returning veterans, by way of there trained mentors who are spread across Arizona, and noting the sad history of neglect by their predecessors- the Center has chosen to offer a free program for returning veterans of war.. A series of 4 weekend retreats over the course of 5 months, separate ones for men and women bring a perspective of healing and renewal to the veteran who will most likely not find anything quite so potent inside conventional medicine and therapy.
Over these four weekends the participants are given presentations about the core nature of trauma, its signs and symptoms, and guided at all times by combat veteran mentors who are graduates to the program, many of whom have been helping their comrades for years. A few of the techniques that are learned are; trauma release exercises, body energy work, guided visualizations, drumming, journaling, and Native American talking circles that are quite popular with the vets. Concluding the program is a Sweat Lodge ceremony to purge the toxins of the mind, body and spirit. At the final session the veterans new and home families gather in harmony to celebrate their strong bond and new commitment to healthy living.
The four weekend program seeks to achieve the following goals.
* learning to recognize and release the triggers of trauma
* releasing the negative experiences of combat
* learning new skills to reduce nightmares, flashbacks, and hostile behavior
*reprogramming the mind to expect and trust safety
*creating a new “band of brothers and sisters” who will share the lessons and spread the word
to others vets returning to civilian life.
The nearby ancient Pueblo Ruins coupled with the spa, forest paths, flower garden, hammocks, meditation areas and a ton of quiet places, makes the Merritt Center one of the most unique places in all the west. I for one have been enriched beyond words with the honor to be one of the mentors for this most blessed program that is 100% FREE
For information, contact Betty Merritt at 928-474-4268 or visit the website at;”www.MERRITTCENTER. ORG”
“Coming in Hot,” a one-woman play about women in the military, will debut in Tucson Sept. 24 through 27 at the Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.
Tickets for opening night are $50; all other shows are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, veterans and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.korepress.org.
Show dates and times are 7 p.m. Sept. 24 through 26 and 2 p.m. Sept. 27.
Courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star, Sunday, September 13. 2009
To view the book trailer, go online to You.Tube
On Saturday, July 25th, 6-10 pm, Hotel Congress has been gracious in opening the stage at no charge for a performance with the group “Still Cruisin” The proceeds from voluntary donations at the door go to the Merritt Retreat Center Veteran Program (501-C-3), in Payson, Arizona. Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; with other vets welcome, have been attending free retreats in a series of 4 spread out over 6 months, for the past two years. These retreat/ workshops are very powerful and of immense practical use in transitioning to civilian life. This writer, is a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam, and serves as a Mentor and contact for southern Arizona. Please join us for some real rock and roll! Still Cruisin is a treat! Mike/ Veteran Service Officer/American Legion. 808-3907.