Kathy Friel is a proud veteran with a long-standing family history of military service dating all the way back to the Civil War.
“It would be absolutely be unconscionable for us to not move forward and help our vets in any possible way we can,” said Friel.
Her desire to help those fighting for the red, white and blue pushed her to start Dragonfly Retreats. Friel describes the retreats as holistic and therapeutic, helping veterans come to terms with traumatic events like PTSD and MST.
“MST is military sexual trauma, so 1 in 100 men and 1 in 4 women report being sexually assaulted when they are in the military,” said Friel.
Friel dealt with trauma herself while serving in the Air Force in the early 1980’s. After working on herself, she realized giving hope to others is her new mission.
“You’re not alone, there are people out here that care, that have gone through the same thing as you, so please let us try to help you,” said Friel.
The program is free to veterans and is grant and donation based. An ice cream social is scheduled for Friday, Aug 24 at Bear Creek Park from 6 – 8 p.m. to help raise money for the cause.