December 10, 2015NFL Hall of Famers Rock the Red Zone in Yountville for TMF and You're Invited
December 10, 2015NFL Hall of Famers Rock the Red Zone in Yountville for TMF and You're Invited
December 1, 2015#GivingTuesday is Here!
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November 25, 2015Feast Your Eyes on Why We Are Grateful For You!
November 11, 2015Big Win for Our Veterans and the Napa Valley Community
The Pathway Home Announces Partnership Negotiations with
Veterans Home of California-Yountville &
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
National Oversight Program Committee Includes Thought-Leaders in
Veterans Affairs and Mental Health
Yountville, CA – November 11, 2015 – The Pathway Home, (TPH) a nonprofit residential center on the grounds of the Veterans Home in Yountville, CA, which treats our nation's Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other post-combat challenges, today announced a significant step forward in developing a partnership agreement with the Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC) and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (SFVAHCS) to set forth a shared understanding of each agency’s respective roles and responsibilities in meeting the mental health needs and overall well-being of California veterans.
“The physical and mental health issues our veterans are facing when they come home from deployment are a national public health crisis that affects not only our veterans, but also their families and communities they live in,” said Pathway Home Board Chair, Dorothy Salmon. “We are excited to move forward in building a partnership with the VHC and SFVAHCS to enhance TPH’s operations as a supportive residential program for our veterans. Collaborating with veteran serving organizations is a win-win for all, as we share talent and resources to stretch far beyond what we can do alone.”
Together the innovative one-of-a-kind program will address the mental and physical health needs of California veterans and facilitate the academic achievement and community re-integration of those enrolled in local community colleges, universities and vocational training programs. This next phase of the program is right in line with TPH’s mission to provide the respect, guidance, and support our military veterans deserve and need to successfully complete educational programs, obtain employment, and build and maintain healthy personal relationships with family and community.
“The Veterans Home of California, Yountville has been faithfully serving veterans since 1884,” said Don Veverka, Administrator of the Veterans Home of California, Yountville. “The complexities of defending our country are changing and so are treatment modalities to care for our wounded warriors. Pathway Home has been a pioneer in meeting these needs. Working collectively with a distinguished committee of specialists in the field of post-traumatic stress and student veteran health, positions Pathway Home to be a preeminent state of the art provider. The future is now and Yountville is eager to support the mission to heal the wounds of our warriors who make it possible to fly the flag of freedom.”
The leadership at TPH and VHC-Yountville, combined with the research and clinical expertise of the SFVAHCS in the provision of services to student veterans, has the potential to produce a state-of-the-art program, possibly impacting how best to deliver best-practice services across the nation.
The Pathway Home National Advisory Committee includes:
John Dunbar, Mayor of Yountville, and a Pathway Board Member commented, "I'm proud of the role the Napa Valley community has played in The Pathway Home since 2008. Partnering with national experts in the veteran services world, as well as our State and Federal legislators, will allow Pathway to extend its reach and continue to provide support for our veterans and their families through this life-saving treatment program."
About The Pathway Home
The Pathway Home (TPH), headquartered on the grounds of the Veterans Home in Yountville, CA, is a nonprofit residential treatment facility serving our nation's Operation New Dawn (OND; September 2010 - December 2011), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF; 2003 - 2011), and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF; 2001 - current) veterans. Through comprehensive cutting-edge therapy, TPH treats current and former service members with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other post-combat challenges. The Pathway Home embraces a wide community of leaders, businesses, and other non-profit organizations that band together to embrace and assist our heroes by providing the respect, guidance, and support that each veteran needs to rebound from combat or other challenging military experiences, and to help them realize they are needed and valued members here at home.
About The Veterans Home of California-Yountville
Located in the heart of scenic Napa Valley, the Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) is a community of and for veterans. Founded in 1884, VHC-Yountville is the largest veterans’ home in the United States, offering residential accommodations with a wealth of recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living. Some 1,000 aged or disabled veterans (both men and women) or World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home.
About the San Francisco VA Health Care System
The San Francisco VA Health Care System is a comprehensive network that provides health services to veterans through the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and six community-based outpatient clinics in Santa Rosa, Eureka, Ukiah, Clearlake, San Bruno and downtown San Francisco. It has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research, establishing innovative medical programs, and providing compassionate care to Veterans. SFVAMC has 124 operating beds and a 120-bed Community Living Center. There is a specialized homeless veterans clinic in downtown San Francisco.
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October 5, 2015Fall Newsletter
September 26, 2015Enrollment Now Open for TMF's fStop Session 9
About The Tug McGraw Foundation's fStop Program
The fStop Warrior Project is a yearlong photography program offered through the Tug McGraw Foundation. The course is offered as part of the rehabilitation program for wounded warriors and is an integral part of the Foundation’s efforts to support the recovery and transition of wounded, ill and injured veterans with Post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Led by the distinguished photographer, Terence Ford, the fStop Project’s highest priority is to enable service members to discover both vocational and creative aptitudes in support of a successful life transition.
Like many creative endeavors, learning digital photography as an adjunct to traditional therapies can help increase attention span, focus and concentration. Photography as a medium facilitates self-expression and communication. The therapeutic value of teaching wounded warriors to express themselves through image making, rather than words, cannot be over emphasized.
The fStop Project is in its third year at the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton.
For further information and details please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-947-7124
August 15, 2015Napa Community Starts a Conversation on "Serving Those That Serve Us."
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Lee Lounge-Member Services Building
Veterans Home of California, Yountville
Lunch and Snacks Provided
9:00am - 12:00pm
Treatment Program Evaluation: What is it and why is it important?
Evidence Based Practices: What is the big deal about research anyway?
PTSD: Gold standard assessment and treatment practices
12:00pm -1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Prevalence: How pressing is the need?
VA models of residential treatment for PTSD and TBI
About Carie Rodgers, PhD, ABPP
Carie Rodgers, PhD, ABPP, currently serves as the Associate Director of the Education and Dissemination Unit at the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health in San Diego California and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine.
She has been a National Trainer and Consultant for the VA's Cognitive Processing Therapy initiative since its inception in 2007 and is a consultant for the National Center for PTSD Consultation Program. She has provided training and consultation to hundreds of mental health providers in the VA and the Department of Defense, as well as in the community.
Dr. Rodgers has also served as a Consultant for the VA's national roll-out of Prolonged Exposure Therapy and was the Director of the VA San Diego Military Sexual Trauma Program.
She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from the University of Oregon and completed her internship and postdoctoral training at UCSD and the San Diego VA. A licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California (PSY18925), Dr. Rodgers is also Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Her research interests include gender differences in the impact of trauma and clinical intervention and dissemination research focusing on PTSD treatments.
August 3, 2015Veterans Growing for a Purpose Makes First Delivery!
Photo Credits: Veteran John Lew and Terri Mejorado
July 15, 2015Veteran Exemplifies The Tug McGraw Spirit
On Monday, July 27, 2015, It was an emotional and exciting day both for Steve Miller and the Veterans Home Of Yountville's Mixed Nutts team. Home resident and veteran, Steve Miller has been using his daily chair to catch fly balls and cruise the bases on. In recognizing the limitations, knowing the benefits of connecting with community, and the theraputic value of the outdoors. The foundation stepped up to the plate and partnered with the Kovachs' to inhance his playing and outdoor quality of life by presenting him with the Freedom Mobility 6x6 Chair. The residents of the Yountville Veterans Home including Mayor John Dunbar together with Steve's family came out to watch and celebrate the man who exemplifies Tug McGraw's "Ya Gotta Believe" spirit. Assemblyman, Bill Dodd threw out the first pitch and the home members were treated to hot dogs and hamburgers. Click here, to watch Steve's Tribute Video.
Vietnam Veteran Steve Miller has been in a chair for nearly eight years as a result of MS and the affects of Agent Orange. In recollecting how his legs started giving way, "I can remember going to work in July and my brain telling me my legs to shut down-by August I was in a chair."
We were inspired watching Steve show up at every practice fielding balls and batting from his chair. Simply in awe how he could roll over the divots in his everyday chair to catch fly balls. Watching Steve play was inspirational. He's out there giving 110%. It was then and there that the Tug McGraw philosophy came into play. He's got the "Ya Gotta Believe." spirit and we need to improve his quality of life of playing ball! Steve is an inspiration and reminder that you can do anything despite the challenges that have been given to you. In asking Steve what it means to receive this chair, " There are others that are so much more deserving. This chair opens up a whole new world for me. For the first time, I will be able to cruise over and see the pond at the home and go fishing!" Photo: John Moreono, Assemblyman Bill Dodd, Steve Roy, Steve Kovach, Ron Bush, Alane Kovach, Jennifer Brusstar, Don Veverka, Steve Miller
Not to mention Steve is very excited about the color scheme of the Camouflage! CEO, Jennifer Brusstar stated, " Steve is an amazing spirit who everyday gives hope and courage to others by just doing. He told me he can do everything but just run."
We are grateful to have such wonderful partners in Alane and Steve Koavch and Freedom 6x6 Mobility who are helping to improve quality of life for others. Borman Field is one of the most unique settings in our Country. Admission if free and The Borman Field Snack Shack serves some of the best hamburgers in town and of course we have the beautiful wines of our Napa Valley. T
About The Team
The History of Borman Field Moving Imagery of how the Yountville Veterans developed one American's most unknown treasures.
Who Are the Mixed Nutts? Chanel 2's Inteview, "War Veterans Build Friendships on Baseball Diamond."
Meet The 2015 Team Be inspired thumb through their Topps Baseball Cards!
July 9, 2015Former NFL Player Benefiting from CereScan's Technology for TBI
KUSA - Jeb Putzier was a couple years into life after football. He was working for a medical equipment company - trying to help the surgeon and attendants in an operating room - when his brain went haywire.
"I'm in the O.R. trying to remember stuff and I couldn't do it," he said. "I couldn't remember things and then my fatigue was falling. I would come into the O.R., the stress of it, I just could not do it anymore."
Putzier, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound athlete whom during the Broncos' 2004-05 seasons (when he combined for 73 receptions) was known for making body-twisting catches across the middle, hanging on even after getting punished by those 10 O'clock highlight hits.
After playing nine years of professional football with four teams as a tight end – 4 and a half years in two stints with the Denver Broncos, two years with the Houston Texans, a half season with the Seattle Seahawks and one final season in 2010 with the Omaha Nighthawks of the now defunct United Football League – Putzier's life began to unravel cognitively, emotionally and physically a couple years after he stopped playing.
Like so many former NFL players, Putzier went through a marital divorce. Extreme, inexplicable fatigue would not allow him to hold down a 9 to 5 job. He suffered from depression. And his condition only got worse. Much worse.
"I had been through a lot of hardships in life where I was pretty much done with it – I just wasn't myself," he said. "Everyone saw the 180 in my personality from where I was. I had been in the hospital for suicidal things. Different problems. I just acted differently."
To the rescue came CereScan, a state-of-the-art functional brain imaging company based in the Littleton. CereScan is capable of detecting injuries to the brain that otherwise don't show up through the usual X-Rays, MRIs or CT scans.
"The type of brain scanning we do makes the invisible injury visible," said Dr. Greg Hipskind, the chief medical advisor of CereScan.
CereScan has treated more than 20 former NFL players, including Hall of Fame offensive lineman Ron Yary and former University of Colorado and New England Patriot linebacker Ted Johnson.
Source: NBC 9 News Colorado
Photo Credit: Getty Images
CereScan and the Tug McGraw Foundation
The Tug McGraw Foundation has partnered with CereScan to seek new and more efficient identification of and treatment for invisible wounds such as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). The Invisible Brain Injury Project is aimed at addressing mTBI sustained by current and former military members. CereScan is dedicated to performing state-of-the-art functional brain imaging for the identification of a wide array of brain-based disorders.
The company's proprietary process includes the latest generation of high-resolution gamma cameras, highest quality radio pharmaceuticals from GE Healthcare, the industry's leading brain-image reconstruction software and specially trained board-certified physicians. Click Here, to View Study.
June 15, 2015TMF's Photo Class Aimed At Wounded Warriors
By Linda McIntosh2:07 P.M.JUNE 15, 2015
Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, a triple amputee, views photos in an exhibit as part of a photography class he and 14 other Marines at the base's Wounded Warrior Battalion participated in for 12 weeks as part of the recovery process from battlefield wounds.
The class, called fStop was organized by the Yountville-based Tug McGraw Foundation.
Photo by Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez (not related to the subject).
Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, a triple amputee, views photos in an exhibit as part of a photography class he and 14 other Marines at the base's Wounded Warrior Battalion participated in for 12 weeks as part of the recovery process from battlefield wounds. The class, called fStop was organized by the Yountville-based Tug McGraw Foundation. Photo by Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez (not related to the subject).
CAMP PENDLETON — A group of injured Camp Pendleton Marines participated in a photography class aimed at helping wounded service members express themselves through art as part of the recovery process from battlefield wounds.
Fifteen Marines at the Wounded Warrior Battalion graduated from the 12-week fStop photography course run by the Tug McGraw Foundation, a nonprofit based at the Veterans Home in Yountville that provides support for people with brain tumors and brain related trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The class led by professional photographer Terence Ford, taught wounded Marines how to communicate through photography.
Marines took photos of their families and went out in the community for photo shoots. Participants worked out of a photo lab at the Wounded Warrior Battalion.
The class was aimed at helping wounded service members transition into civilian life. Participants were challenged to be introspective, Ford said. The first assignment required participants to take pictures of themselves or things that represent who they are.
Photography works as a healing tool giving service members a way to engage the community and their families, said Jennifer Brusstar, co-founder and CEO of Tug McGraw Foundation.
Marines who completed the class were congratulated by Brig. Gen. Edward Banta, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations-West and Maj. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at a ceremony earlier this month at the Hope and Care Center on base.
The next class is scheduled for June 23.
For information, visit http://www.fstopwarrior.org or email email@example.com or call (707) 738-3134.
June 12, 2015Results Are In! Photos, Scores & Read how Mother Nature made her Debut!
CLICK HERE, To View our Pro-Am Winners, Team Scores, Highlights, Media Coverage, and Photos from our Double Header! Including our Songwriters Round where even Mother Nature made her debut prior to the show!
CLICK HERE, To Read How Mother Nature Stopped by Prior to the Show!
DOWNLOAD, A Copy of the Two Day Program
Songwriters Round featured the talents of Mark Collie, Charles Esten, Lance Miller, Autumn McEntire, Mark Irwin, James Slater and Combat Marine Markus Fox and new comer Kerry Degman.
June 3, 2015Session 7 TMF's fStop Students Graduate Today! Congrats
Congrats in store to all of you for efforts and incredible talent. Thank You, Terence for your great teaching efforts. Click here, to download a copy of their images and powerful artist statements, and or visit our program site at www.fstopwarrior.org
Enrollment Open for Session 8
April 13, 2015Sold Out!
Event site: WWW.TUGMCGRAWPROAM.ORG
March 29, 201560 Minutes Follows Brain Cancer Patients at Duke University
Tug McGraw was treated at Duke by this incredible team. We are proud to share this very special 60 Minute Story on Duke's efforts in battling one of the deadliest forms of cancers, Glioblastoma-the brain cancer that took Tug's life. Thanks to Duke at their researchers they are giving hope to others.
Killing Cancer 60 Minutest Follows Brain Cancer Patients in a Duke University
of a therapy that uses a re-engineered polio virus to kill cancer cells
The long war on cancer has left us well short of victory. Radiation flashed on in the 19th century, chemotherapy began to drip in the 20th but, for so many, 100 years of research adds up to just a few more months of life. Well tonight, you're about see a discovery for the 21st century that may be a big leap forward --awakening the power of the body's immune system.
For 10 months, we've been inside an experimental therapy at Duke University. Some of the patients there use words that doctors don't use, like "miracle" and "cure." And that's remarkable, because these patients were handed a death sentence, a relentless brain cancer called glioblastoma. To beat it, researchers are doing something that many thought was crazy, they are infecting the tumors with polio -- the virus that has crippled and killed for centuries.
In just a moment, polio will be dripped into the brain of 58-year-old Nancy Justice. Her glioblastoma tumor was discovered in 2012. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation bought her two and a half years. But the tumor came roaring back. Now, the virus in this syringe, which mankind has fought to eradicate from the earth, is the last chance she has in the world.
Source: 60 minutes