“Coffee Bunker” A soul healing meeting place for veterans readjusting to life after war…

SOS: Serving Our Servicemembers PO Box 4680, Tulsa, OK 74159 info@sos-coffeebunker.com 918.637.3878 www.sos-coffeebunker.com

Mary Ligon, founder of Coffee Bunker, speaks Saturday about losing her son, a former soldier, to suicide. BRANDI SIMONS / For the Tulsa World

 

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=16&articleid=20100912_16_A10_CUTLIN782769

http://www.sos-coffeebunker.com/  From this website…

SOS is MISSION
SOS offers opportunities that support our service members and veterans toward successful reintegration with their families and communities.
SOS is VISION
In our community, service members and veterans are successfully reintegrated with their families and communities.

I am very happy to report on a great idea for veterans in local communities to meet on their own terms at a community center or faith community venue.  The “Coffee Bunker” is a non-profit veterans support organization based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The group started the local community owned concept to facilitate the reintegration of veterans returning home with their families and communities.  It is also a template for which other communities can follow.  A plan that appears to be relatively simple to execute by local community leaders.  I am committed to helping our local community in Depoe Bay, Oregon start a Coffee Bunker program through appropriate community centers, schools, and churches in the area.  One such place is www.neighborsforkids.org, a popular after-school program on the Central Coast of Oregon located on highway 101 just south of Depoe Bay.  We are exploring the idea and feasibility of appropriately using our community non-profit status and resources, including volunteers, to make our 7600 sf facility available during non-school hours for this purpose.  We have meeting rooms and a half gym that could be used effectively. 

This is an opportunity for communities everywhere to engage in providing veterans the soul healing and transition support so desperately needed in their own neighborhoods.  Local communities send young men and women to war.  Now it is our turn to welcome them back home to a healthy, happy, and productive life after war…

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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