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Don Fried

Don Fried

Raised in a military family and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Don is an entrepreneur, an expert business consultant, grant writer, fundraiser, an advocate for fellow service members and their families, and the Founder and Executive Director to Military Musters.

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It has been an exciting start to the organization and thanks to your help we have successfully established TWO unique programs that now serve our military and veteran communities!

971432 605897612766228 179708567 nNot only do we find ourselves at the tail end of the longest period of sustained conflict in our nation's history but tens of thousands of military are being reduced from our existing active duty armed forces while there remain more than 500,000 servicemen and women who have been physically injured or who live with invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, depression, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or post-traumatic stress (PTS). Unfortunately we are also witnessing record setting numbers of military/veteran suicides while our Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system remains inadequate and plagued by negative reports as reflected in this recent CNN article reporting that hospital delays are killing America’s war veterans.

Our programs could not have come at a better time. Professional life coaching is optimizing personal development and easing the transition from military service while our holistic healthcare services are successfully helping to manage pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, PTSD along with other symptoms and injuries associated with experiences from military service. These services are not prevalent or do not exist in current military/veteran medical facilities.

Looking forward, 2014 brings opportunities for the Military Musters team to expand into clinical studies that can contribute information to the scientific community and explore new and alternative treatments for TBI and PTSD. “The War Within”, a recently released two year study by The American Legion, agrees with us as they reveal that while the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use a number of traditional medical treatments for TBI and PTSD cases, “they have not done a lot of research on alternative methods" and that “while the number of veterans diagnosed with TBI and PTSD has increased significantly, the types of treatment offered and available to help them are limited and inadequate.” These reports and articles confirm the gap in services our founding team saw over a year ago but there is more to be done and a lot of work ahead of us.

Thanks to your support Military Musters remains focused on doing our part to help our military and veterans get the care they need as we continue on our journey to create a healthier, more connected and supported military and veteran population. I want to take the time to address each and every one of our supporters.

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To my fellow founders, our board members, advisors, donors, directors, staff, community supporters and the many volunteers that have made time to get involved, in recognition of your involvement – thank you! Our work would not be possible without the support of people like you.

In your own way, each of you has helped Military Musters to revolutionize and bring innovative services into mainstream military and veteran health care. Taking the time to be involved has and continues to make a difference in the lives of others and your commitment is not only meaningful to me but to those that we serve.

We are so thankful for your enthusiasm for our work and look forward to maintaining our long-lasting relationship with you as we work together to achieve our goals.

Sincerely,

Don Fried

Founder, Executive Director

 

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