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February 10, 2016

Our Spring and Summer Line-Up & You're Invited

 

Mixed Nutts Sign-Ups

Mar 4 2, 2016, 11:00am to 2:00pm, Lee Lounge

Veterans Home of California, Yountville

Contact Info@tugmcgraw.org to volunteer or learn more

 

 

Volunteer Cleanup Day in the Brain Food Garden

March 2016, Date TBD

Veterans Home of Yountville, California

Contact Ava@tugmcgraw.org to volunteer or learn more

 

Mixed Nutts

April 11, 2016, 4:30pm

Borman Field, Veterans Home of California, Yountville

Contact info@tugmcgraw.org to volunteer, put together a team or to support

 

Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K, April 16, 2016

Frisco, Texas

Contact CoachMcMahon@tugmcgraw.org to learn more

 

 

Fstop Spring/Summer Program

New Classes to begin in April of 2016. Details coming soon.

Wounded Warrior Battalion, Camp Pendleton

Contact Info@tugmcgraw.org to get on the list or learn more

 

The Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Pro Am Sporting Clay Tournament

June 6-7, 2016 On Sale Now

Nashville, TN

Contact Ava@tugmcgraw.org for further information

 

Registration for New York Marathon TBA

Contact Coach Jeff McMahon for early details at CoachMcMahon@tugmcgraw.org

 

 

 

January 22, 2016

Join Us for Super Bowl Sunday in Yountville

 

"Ya Gotta Believe"  in the Town of Yountville and
The NFL Hall of Fame
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Join NFL Legends for the Big Game Tailgate and Watch Party

YOUNTVILLE, CA, December 8, 2015—Six Pro Football Hall of Fame legends host a Watch Party fundraiser during the championship game on Sunday, February 7, 2016.  A pre-game tailgate party starts at noon, with NFL Hall of Famers and other special guests greeting those who gather at the Town’s Community Center for pre-game fun, food and libations.

The Watch Party beginning at 2:30 P.M. will feature six exclusive lounge areas, each hosted by a Pro Football Hall of Famer including – Anthony Munoz, Jack Youngblood, Dave Wilcox, Willie Brown, Chris Doleman, and Joe DeLamielleure— providing attendees with the opportunity to interact with the players up close and personally. Lounges include complimentary food and beverage service, comfy sofas, and a perfect view of the 14-foot, high-definition video wall showing football’s ultimate game. The first person to purchase an entire lounge will receive an authentic autographed Hall of Fame football. Lounges accommodate eight (8) and may be purchased for $5,000.  Individual lounge seats are $500 each.  There are only six lounges available.

In addition to the lounge areas, there will be reserve tables for eight, each available for buy-out at $1,250.  Table guests will each receive a Hall of Fame ball cap and Sharpie markers suitable for autographs.  Individual reserve seating at tables is $125 per person and includes two drink tickets and serve-yourself game day chow. NFL Legends will mix and mingle with guests during the game.  

General Admission standing/partial bench seating for the broadcast is priced at $75 per person.  Admission to the tailgate party is $25 per person. A silent auction will also take place, featuring a Hall of Fame 50th anniversary helmet, autographed by over sixteen Hall of Famers, along with other items.

Sponsored by the Yountville Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Yountville’s Tourism Improvement District, a portion of the net proceeds of this once-in-a-lifetime experience for football fans will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation’s research and service programs focusing on traumatic brain injury.

“Our watch party is the perfect way to rock the red zone and enjoy the Big Game while supporting a great local charity,” said Cindy Saucerman, President and CEO of the Yountville Chamber of Commerce. “It will make a fantastic holiday gift for football fans and may be your only chance to experience a championship game in the company of the Legends who created the game.”

Tickets are available online at www.yountville.com. For more information, call the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at (707) 944-0904.

Photo Credits: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio

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January 5, 2016

Saving Patient Ryan-A Story of Team Work and Collaboration

 

“I will never leave a fallen comrade.” It’s one of the basic pillars of the Warrior Ethos. This is true for Veterans as well.

Ryan Begg, a young Army Veteran, was one of an estimated 8,000 Veterans who currently find themselves in need of serious medical care in a foreign country. But Ryan found himself stranded 7,000 miles from home.

He had suffered severe injuries after falling from a highway overpass in a tragic motorbike accident while in Thailand this past August. His wife Danielle flew out to be with him and lived at the hospital under his bed.

Ryan Begg in his hospital bed.

Ryan Begg in his hospital bed.


His injuries were overwhelming:

  • Seven fractured ribs
  • Punctured right lung
  • Bilateral scapulae fractures
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Right hip fracture
  • Right femur fracture
  • Right Acetabular fracture
  • Severe Traumatic brain injury

 

When he ended up in a critical care unit, his family reached out to military service organizations in an attempt to get him transported to medical care in the U.S. Unfortunately, the active and reserve components of the military could not assist.

 

The United State Special Operations Care Coalition reached out to Jennifer Brusstar of The Tug McGraw Foundation to see if it could assist. Upon learning of the seriousness of Ryan’s condition, the Tug McGraw Foundation contacted the VHA Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Chief Planner, Derrick Jaastad.

 


 

 

Ryan Begg in uniform.Jaastad coordinated with multiple organizations including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Defense, State Department, local medical providers, VISN 21, the Pacific Island Health Care System and the Tug McGraw Foundation to develop a plan to get this Veteran into VA care.

 

“Helping this Veteran back into the VA network has been one of the more satisfying things I have done” said Jaastad.

VHA OEM normally does not work on issues with individual Veterans but assists and coordinates in disasters and contingencies for VA Medical facilities. Due to Ryan’s medical situation and because he was in a foreign country, it took several weeks of coordination by Jaastad to develop a viable plan.

 

Ryan’s family did not have funds to pay for private transport to the U.S., and VA cannot by law pay for beneficiary travel outside of the country. In addition, Ryan’s medical fitness for travel remained a significant concern.

 

With the perseverance of many individuals, organizations, and with the support of VHA leadership, on Sept. 23 Ryan boarded a medical flight to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and within 24 hours was in surgery. After several weeks of surgical and medical care he was transferred to the Palo Alto VA Medical Center for rehabilitation.

 

Recovering slowly, he is now able to feed himself, is showing improvement in motor skills and speech and is able to get around in his wheelchair. A native of Washington state, Ryan served as a Special Forces Medic in Afghanistan.

 

Danielle Begg kisses and Ryan Begg on James Bond Island

Danielle and Ryan Begg

 

“In learning about Ryan’s situation, I would have piloted a plane myself to get him back from Thailand to U.S. territory,” said Tim McGraw, Honorary Chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation. “But what he needed was a Critical Care Team with expertise.  Through collaborative efforts led by the VHA Office of Emergency Management with the Care Coalition, the Tug McGraw Foundation, the State Department, and the Fisher House, that’s exactly what happened.”

 

“There are many other acutely injured Veterans out there that need a champion in order to receive the care they have earned” Derrick Jaastad says. “We work with our Veteran Service Organizations and federal partners to identify those Veterans who are in medical crises and get definitive medical care as we did with Ryan.”

 

The VHA Office of Emergency Management team has staff across the country dedicated to serving Veterans in this very unique way.

 

“Our emergency managers are there, no matter what goes wrong” stated VHA OEM Director Dr. Daniel Bochicchio. “We are always available and always ready for any situation to help ensure Veterans get the care they need, even if they are 7,000 miles from home.”

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

About the Author: Barbra Meadows is the Operations Branch Chief for the VHA Office of Emergency Management

 

December 21, 2015

Our Gift To You...2015 Flashback

 

TMF Holiday Card 2014

You Are Our Gift...Open it!

to see how YOU helped change lives in 2015
for those with brain-related trauma and tumors

Our 2015 Year in Review


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December 10, 2015

NFL Hall of Famers Rock the Red Zone in Yountville for TMF and You're Invited

 

"Ya Gotta Believe"  in the Town of Yountville and
The NFL Hall of Fame
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NFL Hall of Famers Rock The Red Zone In Yountville for TMF and You're Invited!

Join NFL Legends for the Big Game Tailgate and Watch Party

YOUNTVILLE, CA, December 8, 2015—Six Pro Football Hall of Fame legends host a Watch Party fundraiser during the championship game on Sunday, February 7, 2016.  A pre-game tailgate party starts at noon, with NFL Hall of Famers and other special guests greeting those who gather at the Town’s Community Center for pre-game fun, food and libations.

The Watch Party beginning at 2:30 P.M. will feature six exclusive lounge areas, each hosted by a Pro Football Hall of Famer including – Anthony Munoz, Jack Youngblood, Dave Wilcox, Willie Brown, Chris Doleman, and Joe DeLamielleure— providing attendees with the opportunity to interact with the players up close and personally. Lounges include complimentary food and beverage service, comfy sofas, and a perfect view of the 14-foot, high-definition video wall showing football’s ultimate game. The first person to purchase an entire lounge will receive an authentic autographed Hall of Fame football. Lounges accommodate eight (8) and may be purchased for $5,000.  Individual lounge seats are $500 each.  There are only six lounges available.

In addition to the lounge areas, there will be reserve tables for eight, each available for buy-out at $1,250.  Table guests will each receive a Hall of Fame ball cap and Sharpie markers suitable for autographs.  Individual reserve seating at tables is $125 per person and includes two drink tickets and serve-yourself game day chow. NFL Legends will mix and mingle with guests during the game.  

General Admission standing/partial bench seating for the broadcast is priced at $75 per person.  Admission to the tailgate party is $25 per person. A silent auction will also take place, featuring a Hall of Fame 50th anniversary helmet, autographed by over sixteen Hall of Famers, along with other items.

Sponsored by the Yountville Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Yountville’s Tourism Improvement District, a portion of the net proceeds of this once-in-a-lifetime experience for football fans will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation’s research and service programs focusing on traumatic brain injury.

“Our watch party is the perfect way to rock the red zone and enjoy the Big Game while supporting a great local charity,” said Cindy Saucerman, President and CEO of the Yountville Chamber of Commerce. “It will make a fantastic holiday gift for football fans and may be your only chance to experience a championship game in the company of the Legends who created the game.”

Tickets are available online at www.yountville.com. For more information, call the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at (707) 944-0904.

Photo Credits: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio

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December 1, 2015

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November 25, 2015

Feast Your Eyes on Why We Are Grateful For You!

 

We Believe in You and the Month of November


As We Gather This November


From your friends at

The Tug McGraw Foundation

This Thanksgiving "We" are thankful for "You"


From the entire Tug McGraw Foundation Family

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, We at The Tug McGraw Foundation have a lot to be thankful and grateful for in NOVEMBER.
Without your involvement, we would not be able to make the amazing impact in areas that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those who are affected by brain-related trauma and tumors. We Give Thanks for working together to enhance quality of life for others.
We Give Thanks for November's Milestones and to You.


We Give Thanks to the Researchers

Yountville, California 

We are pleased to announce that funding from both the Tug McGraw Foundation and One Mind has led to the publishing of a post-traumatic stress (PTS) research study in the November-December Issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The study focused on the growing need for consumer information regarding accessible and effective treatments. Read, the study

We Give Thanks to our Community

Veterans Home of California, Yountville

On November 11th, The Pathway Home and TMF 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 “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.”  
Read Full Release and Meet the National Advisory Committee.
Veterans Home of California, Yountville

We Give Thanks to Nationally Acclaimed Photographer, Nik Wheeler

Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Camp Pendleton

On November 10th, professional photographer, Nik Wheeler spoke to TMF's fStop students. He shared with students his photographic career as a combat photographer and how he personally continued to evolve in a very competitive field. He earned acclaim as a combat photographer during the Vietnam War, the '73 Arab-Israeli war, the civil war in Jordan, and the fall of Saigon. He went on to cover such world events as the Montreal Olympics, the coronation of the king of Nepal, and the funeral of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Nik's powerful images have been featured on the front covers of Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic. One of his images was acknowledged to be one of the most important photos of the 20th Century-Carlos the Jackal at Algiers airport. Click here, to learn more about Nick and view his incredible body of work.

 

We Give Thanks to Tim for Delivering the First Pitch and Sharing the Importance of being Humble and Kind...

New York, New York 

It was a beautiful tribute to our Tugger- on November 1st, Tim McGraw threw out the Game 4 World Series ceremonial first pitch. Country music star is the son of late Mets closer and our founder, Tug McGraw, who coined the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe."  There is a lot of pressure in throwing out the first pitch and TMF gives a big shout-out to Faith Hill, his beautiful wife for practicing with him in advance of the game.  In addition to throwing out the first pitch, our honorary chair released a new album on November 6th, Damn Country Music. The album includes the powerful track, Humble and Kind. The song truly has a message for all of us to reflect upon as we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving.
Tim talks about Humble and Kind and why he felt this song really needed to be heard.

We Give Thanks to the Vintners and Chuck!

Napa, California 

A special thank you to Chuck Cartwright for his Barrels for Vets program. In the month of November used barrels from Robert Foley Vineyards and Hudson Vineyard brought in $2100 for TMF programs. What is Barrels for Vets? Chuck Cartwright of Hudson Vineyards sees used barrels as a valued resource, a raw material that can be transformed into a work of art or functional article to help heroic veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Got barrels to donate, contact Ava Talamantez our office administrator aka Chuck's wife!

We Give Thanks To Being Part
of Something in "Big" in 2016

Frisco, Texas 

November 9th, TMF and the North Texas Community Giving Foundation officially announced and opened registration for Frisco’s inaugural Half Marathon and 5K. Click here, to register and learn more on how YOU can be part of something big with Team McGraw.

Thoughts and Prayers...

In Memory of

Richard Lonergan, Glenn Messner, and Lori Prince all remarkable individuals who left us too early in life. Your spirit will forever be carried on in our mission and a daily reminder why our work is important. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of their family and friends.

"Ya Gotta Believe" in Richard, Glenn and Lori gone but never will be forgotten. Your spirit lives on...

Giving Tuesday 2015 for TMF #Igave45


The Tug McGraw Foundation is looking for 100 individuals to fundraise $45 each. 

What is #Givingtuesday? On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. DONATE NOW and be part of the global give for the Tug McGraw Foundation #Igave45.

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November 11, 2015

Big 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, CANovember 11, 2015The 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:

  • Keith Armstrong, LCSW-SFVA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF
  • Mike Brown, Recovery Care Coordinator at Armed Forces Services Corp (AFSC)
  • Jennifer Brusstar, CEO and Co-Founder of The Tug McGraw Foundation
  • Anthony Collins, Pathway Home Graduate, Veteran Advocate
  • Jessica Gundy Cuneo, PhD Research Health Science Specialist and Clinical Psychologist, VA San Diego
  • Kim Mitchell, President Easter Seals Dixon Center
  • John McQuaid, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology UCSF; Associate Chief, Mental Health, SFVAHCS
  • Dr. Carie Rodgers, PhD, ABPP Associate Director, Education and Dissemination, VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, and TPH National Advisory Committee Chair
  • Diane Vanderpot, Under Secretary (Ret) of CDVA
  • Donald Veverka, Administrator, California Veterans Home, Yountville
  • Mary Winnefeld, Military Advocate

 

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.

 

Media Contact:

Tara L. Biller

615-829-9440

TaraLBiller@gmail.com

 

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October 5, 2015

Fall Newsletter

 

Our Summer Program Report and What's New for Fall and 2016!
Click Here, Help us earn a $12,500 Challenge Grant
It has been said that autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. The seeds the Tug McGraw Foundation planted this past spring in our programs have produced an abundant summer harvest of resources and tools for those affected by brain related trauma and tumors. We are very proud to share with you what Tug McGraw would call his " Tugger Almanac Report."

TMF'S HANDS ON PROGRAMS
The Spring Seeds You Helped Sow
are Now Helping Others Reap a Better Quality of Life
Connected 
12 families in receiving second opinions
Improved QOL
Not Once but Twice 
Veteran Steve Miller
SSG James Dyer
Brain Food Garden Expansion
The Egg Plant
Has Arrived

Graduated
25 Marines
from 2 (12) week courses of fStop
Article UT San Diego
Article USMC

Coming October 12th
Video Downloads from our Education Day with Dr. Carie Rodgers and Mike Brown. Learn how TMF's involvement in the case of an injured Army medic demonstrated why Civilian and Military Partnerships are important
Brain Food Garden
Giving Purpose
Four Harvests

TMF Giving Education 
Please email us at Info@tugmcgraw.org if you would like to receive materials from the session
Agenda

James Winnefeld,  Jennifer Brusstar, David Coker, Tisch Stropes, Mary Winnefeld,
Sara and Ted Wade, Kenny Horton and Claudia and Luis Avila


TMF the Connector and Collaborator
The Invictus Games Coming 2016

Upcoming Events and Programs
TMF is thrilled to announce a new partnerships with
NTX Community Giving Foundation
Registration

Now Open
Marine Corps Marathon
Help Support Our Team
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Fall Newsletter

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September 26, 2015

Enrollment 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 info@tugmcgraw.org or call 707-947-7124

 

August 15, 2015

Napa Community Starts a Conversation on "Serving Those That Serve Us."

 

Full Video of Session and Materials will be available for download and viewing on Monday, October 12, 2015.
22 suicides a day is unacceptable. California has nearly 2 million veterans in which 1.3 million are wartime veterans.

On behalf of The Tug McGraw Foundation, we want to thank CalVet  and the VA San Diego Center of Excellence for starting the conversation on how "we" as federal, state, non-profits and providers can streamline our efforts in helping to  bridge partnerships and collaborations that can only lead to better solutions in accelerating treatment for veterans and their families.

By coming together, we are breaking silos and creating paths to truly serve those that serve us.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

9:00am-5:00pm

 

Lee Lounge-Member Services Building

Veterans Home of California, Yountville

Lunch and Snacks Provided

 

Evidence-Based Models of Care for Veterans

Reports from Dr. Carie Rodgers, VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health

UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

 

 

 

Join the discussion with Dr. Carie Rodgers on best practices and resources   that help drive improvements in quality of life for veterans with brain-related trauma and injury.

Agenda

 

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

Final discussion

 

 

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.


 

 

 

 

July 15, 2015

Veteran 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, 2015

Former 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.

 

Watch The Interview

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.

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.

June 15, 2015

TMF'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 terenceford55@gmail.com or call (707) 738-3134.

Photo class aimed at wounded Marines

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).

— 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 terenceford55@gmail.com or call (707) 738-3134.