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F.A.R.M. Urban Park Update

Currently the design development phase is complete, and the architects and engineers are working on the buildings and greenhouses. The first submissions to city permitting have been completed.

Phase one of our plan will consist of removing portions of the parking lot, hauling in clean soils, building of the retaining walls, and installing gardens and fruit trees.

We need your help to raise the funds required to complete the park, cash or in kind donations such as concrete work, clean soils, plants, seeds, labor or anything else you think would benefit the cause, please contact Steve Smith at 214-675-4304.
 
 
Learn more about the Dallas Sustainable, “F.A.R.M. Urban Park“.

 

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Finding Your ‘TRIBE’ After Active Duty

Staff Sgt. Robert George, a military training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, marches his unit following the issuance of uniforms and gear. Recruits are molded into warrior Airmen through a recently expanded Air Force Basic Military Training program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)For many, military service offers the kind of community they’ve never experienced. In this community, we may find purpose, self-knowledge, identity, and so much more. Challenged by our tribe, we grow stronger, faster, and ideally into better leaders.

However, when we inevitably leave the military, we may find ourselves unmoored – adrift in a sea of isolation and alienation that threatens to sink us into depression, stress, and declining performance at work and home.

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Report finds VA suicide hotline lets many crisis calls go to voicemail

The Veterans Affairs Inspector General found calls at the main VA suicide hotline center in Canandaigua, New York allowed calls to go to voicemail, and that some are never returned due to inadequate training and an overloaded staff.

The hotline was the subject of the 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” which profiles several Veterans’ Crisis Line counselors who work the 24-hour service to provide support and guidance to active and retired servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.

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