Daniel Kelly was a jack of all trades, serving as a Seaman first class for the Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts. Kelly had once told his granddaughter, Ashley French, that manning the turret guns on his ship, trying to shoot down kamikaze pilots, was the scariest thing he ever had to do. But when French thinks about her grandfather’s service, she’s grateful.
When Joey Caswell’s husband, Charlie, was severely wounded in Iraq in June 2005 from a multiple IED blast, the impact on her as a U.S. Army spouse and mother was profound as well. When he returned home on his 30th birthday, he looked healed on the outside but, internally, he battled constant back pain, major depression, and PTSD.
Gail Soffer is the founder and executive director of the Mindful Warrior Project. Combining vast experience in both nonprofit management and wellness modalities, she brings simple, secular mindfulness practices to veterans, as well as active duty, guard, and reserve, their family members, and their service providers to build a comprehensive community of care and support, so they can “Be Free, Be Well, and Be Whole” in their daily lives.