Below is a letter to Lion Presidents and Secretaries regarding newly launched Project New Hope retreats in downloadable format. Actual letter is posted after if you do not have a compatible browser.
Greetings to all Lion Presidents and Secretaries,
WE NEED HELP!! We need each and every Lion in MD5M to help us get the word out about our Project New Hope retreats! We have a great product (our retreats) to offer but we need the marketing to get the consumers (veterans and families) to attend the retreats. Our retreats have proven time and time again that we are on the right track with the veterans. We have prevented at least one suicide and who knows how many others that we haven’t heard about directly. But, as you all know, even an excellent product does not sell itself. We need to all be on the lookout for veterans and families who may need our help. We need help contacting our local Clergy, medical providers and counselors to inform them about our program so they can refer people to us for help. We also need to inform veterans organizations such as Legion, VFW, DAV etc. so they can help us spread the word to vets they see who may be suffering. Also remember that we are not just talking about Iraq and Afghanistan but our Korea and Viet Nam vets may be still hurting also. If you don’t feel you can talk to a prospect find someone who can help you make the contact and explain the program.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not a new problem, but it is getting more recognition and treatment. Many of our Viet Nam Veterans suffered from PTSD but had to do it in silence and help was not forthcoming. That has pretty much been corrected but much needs to be done in treating it and we can be that help in getting veterans and their families into programs if they will only come and let us into their lives for a week end retreat. Remember that the veterans may be in denial but the spouse, the parents, the grandparents, brothers, sisters, and friends all may be good people to help in getting them to our retreats.
The next retreat is scheduled for July 1-3 at Camp New Hope, PLEASE HELP US FILL IT WITH VETERANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS!! Thank you in advance for the help you all give to these wounded HEROES!!