Saturday, June 7, 2014

What is Valhalla Project exactly?

We get that question a lot. Valhalla is a unique operation set up to assist combat veterans and war zone civilians with a special place to decompress while at the same time gaining new skills useful for rebuilding your lives following years of military service. 

We teach homesteading skills on a large ranch as a vehicle and method for building your self confidence in transitioning back into the civilian world. Off-grid construction, solar energy, permaculture design and implementation, livestock and poultry management, wildlife and forestry, outdoor recreation, and "getting back to basics" provide new skills and topics to talk about with civilians who simply cannot identify with your previous warzone experiences.

Army vet Ben with chick hatched at Valhalla
Valhalla serves as a valuable testing ground for those of you who are thinking about starting your own private homestead. Those who fully intend on returning to urban or city environments will still take
away a new appreciation for food production and adventures in rural living.

Former USMC vet Eric and Gordon. A formal range is in the planning stage

And most of all Valhalla provides a calm, secure place to stay while you engage in productive, interesting activities alongside fellow vets. No outside pressures, no stress. Work, relax, and hang out with your buddies while you gain useful skills and decompress. Participants have great chow – and will learn how to prep and cook it – that is produced on the Valhalla property and through local sources as much as possible.

Chow time at Valhalla? Not quite, but close

Along the way we’ll talk about transition skills such as resume prep, interview techniques, personal financial management, and just about any other subject of interest.

Co-founders Chris and Gordon have both been downrange so we have an idea of what veteran’s life was like there. Gordon is an “Old Vet” having served in Vietnam and went through painful transition processes himself.

Generation helping generation. Part of the spirit of Valhalla Project

Veteran participants talk things out without judgment and can choose to listen to some personal experiences of what has worked and what doesn’t along the way.

We’re mission oriented. It’s not a lavish lifestyle; it’s a work in progress with a 100-year horizon. Come to Valhalla prepared to get down and dirty, to pitch in with building an oasis that will benefit and comfort your fellow veterans for many generations to come. We don’t draw salaries or benefits and, truth be told, at our stage of life it would be a helluva lot easier to kick back and enjoy ourselves rather than continuing to put in long days at Valhalla. So why did we take this on? Simple: We saw the need and stepped up to address it.

Standing in a swale surveyed, marked, and planted by Valhalla veteran participants

If you are a vet then contact us if you are interested in this exciting opportunity. If you are a civilian who knows a veteran who might benefit from Valhalla, then please have the vet contact us directly. Food and lodging are provided as well as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many to grow and get stronger. When you leave you’ll feel better about yourself and have a sense of accomplishment while embarking on your new personal adventures as post-military civilians with confidence!

Got questions? Want to learn more? Simply curious? Contact us.

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The Valhalla Project needs your help and support
Just getting a project like Valhalla up and running has required a significant investment in time, money, and labor. With roughly $500,000 already invested over the last two years into the Valhalla Project for property acquisition, feeding and housing Soldier participants, infrastructure and facility improvements, animal purchases and feed, tools and building supplies, forest and pasture management expenses, and much much more, resources are running thin. We need YOUR help to keep Valhalla functioning efficiently - while at the same time expanding vitally important programs to assist post-9/11 combat Soldiers and war zone civilian workers to transition back into the civilian world. 

The Valhalla Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity recognized by the IRS.
Nobody, including cadre or board members, draws a paycheck here, nor will they ever: we simply give everything we have to make Valhalla possible. 100% of your donation via Paypal will go directly to program expenses, period. If you'd prefer to instead directly donate four new tractor tire, a truckload of straw bales, a pallet of dimension lumber, or even a few dozen 10' sheets of forest green tin roofing, that would be absolutely wonderful - yet perhaps polking the "Donate" button above to contribute $10, $20, 
$50 or even more might be a little easier and more practical!

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