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This is My Home

I was born here

I learned to ride a bike here

I drove my first car here

I graduated here

I had my first kiss here

I fell in love here

I promised to love one person forever here

I raised my own children here

I found faith here

This is my home.

 

I celebrate here

I work here

I sweat here

I bleed here

I laugh here

I grieve here

I vote here

I speak out here

I am a leader here

This is my home.

 

I will age here

I will see my family grow here

I will continue to learn here

I will teach here

I will influence the next generation here

I will leave a legacy here

I will make a difference here

I will be remembered here

I will die here

This is my home.

 

I do not need to look like you to belong here

I do not need to dress like you to be beautiful here

I do not need to speak like you to communicate here

I do not need to agree with you to have a voice here

I do not need the same God as you to worship here

I do not need to live like you to contribute here

I do not need the same values as you to demand justice here

I do not need the same goals as you to find happiness here

I do not need your approval to live free here

 

I am a citizen of the United States of America.

This is my home.

 


Artist Spotlight: Elder Heart & Mission 22

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Art is self-expression, self-exploration and often self-healing. This healing becomes more powerful when a community unites to create something beautiful, lasting and deeply meaningful. Elder Heart & Mission 22 are doing just that – uniting communities through artistic expression in order to heal the wounds and save the lives of the men and women who voluntarily subjected themselves to the horrors of war in order to shield a nation from tragedy.

To illustrate the dangers facing veterans returning home David Guttenfelder, a war photographer, took his camera to a new battlefield. After spending two decades photographing war torn countries such as the Congo, Kosovo, Gaza, Liberia, Iraq and Afghanistan, Guttenfelder visited the places where more American service members die than on any other battlefield – their own homes. A devastating 22 veterans commit suicide every day. This means we are now losing more of our nation’s heroes at home than we are on the battlefield. This must stop. And Elder Heart & Mission 22 are answering the call.

They are accomplishing this goal through individual community engagement resulting in public works of art. During this process an Elder Heart Chapter brings together veterans, community members, artists and local politicians to engage in a unified effort to complete a project that not only builds the foundation of long-term healing through relationships and teamwork, but also creates a lasting monument that this community is taking a stand to support and fight for their veterans at home.

Elder Heart’s Mission 22 takes the fight to a national level by using social media to promote awareness and create a national support network. They invite us all to “claim a 22” by taking a picture of 22, found anywhere, and posting it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Mi22ion to show our vets we have their back. They also use Google Hangout sessions to connect veterans with other vets who are successfully battling PTS or TBI.

Finally, Elder Heart is currently in the planning stage of building a national monument to honor those who have become casualties of suicide. The monument will consist of a circle containing the silhouettes of 22 actual service members who have been lost to suicide. These silhouettes will appear and disappear with the sun as a reminder of the 22 lost each day.

national monument

Elder Heart & Mission 22 are on the front lines battling PTS, TBI and Veteran Suicide, but they need the support of individuals and communities to ensure our service members are safe in the home they sacrificed to preserve. You can learn how you can get involved in the links below. A community empowered to make home safe for their veterans, artistic expressions of support, hope and victory proudly displayed in public and veterans helping veterans through another difficult battle – these are the incredible outcomes of art created through Elder Heart & Mission 22.


Mission 22 provides information and resources for Vets, Family & Friends and Communities.

To participate in Mission 22 simply take a photo of 22 and use #mi22ion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

To learn more about Elder Heart & Mission 22 visit their webpages at: Elder Heart or Mission 22

To get involved, start a chapter or help support their projects Contact Elder Heart, Purchase Gear or Donate Here

© 2015, All Media Property of Elder Heart. All Rights Reserved.


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