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Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

332 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571 www.notforgottenoutreach.org

don@notforgottenoutreach.org (512) 656-6961 501(c)(3) pending

March 10, 2015

Not Forgotten Outreach is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting of the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center in Taos, New Mexico, on 06 April 2015 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

We invite you to JOIN us for the Ceremony and live music by the Jimmy Staddler Band and good eats from the Farm House Café, who will be providing snacks & refreshments.

11:30 Arriving Guest; Music by Jimmy Staddler
11:45 Congressman Lujan arrives
11:50 Congressman Lujan Tour of Military Family Respite Center
12:05 Invocation
12:10 Poem by Cian Westmoreland, Afghanistan Veterans
12:15 Welcoming by NFO President Kym Sanchez
12:25 Remarks by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
12:30 Remarks by Antonio Mondragon, Tribal Secretary of Taos Pueblo and Veteran of Iraq Gulf War
12:35 Ribbon Cutting by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
12:45 Congressman Ben Ray Lujan leaves
12:50 Food/Music & Tour of NFO Military Family Respite Center aka “Ol’ Orinda”
11:30 till 2:30 Static Display of NFO partner’s & collaborators, UNM de Taos Sustainable Building & Agricultural Programs

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together for up to a week free, and help each other reintegrate into society. The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war. By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.

“Ol Orinda” Offerings

  • Taos Veterans Farming Project learn basic skills & best practices for sustainable farming for business or hobby
  • Therapy animals
  • Lodging, class & office space
  • Secluded tranquility with breathtaking mountain views

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.

Not Forgotten Outreach would like to thank Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.


Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

332 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571 www.notforgottenoutreach.org

don@notforgottenoutreach.org (512) 656-6961 501(c)(3) pending

For Immediate Release

Veteran/Gold Star Widow uses REO Property for Military Families

Kym Sanchez, President/Founder of Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc., dream comes true today, Friday 13th Feb 2015, when she takes ownership of the “Ol’ Orinda” in Taos, NM, where she will open the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Family Respite Center.

Kym Sanchez, founder and president of Not Forgotten Outreach, served as the Casualty Assistant Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) 1st Infantry Division, Divisional Headquarters in Iraq in 2004-2005, her duties included burying over 180 soldiers. She also buried her husband, SGT Timothy Sanchez, who was killed in action in 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, whom the non-profit is dedicated in Memory of.

Kym’s extensive first-hand knowledge of the emotional trauma of military families invigorated her to form the 501(c) (3), Not Forgotten Outreach; with the mission of providing therapeutic and recreational activities for Military Families. Since conception in Feb 2013, Not Forgotten Outreach provided programs for over 4,403 Military Families members.

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together, and help each other reintegrate into society.
The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war.

By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.

While staying at NFO’s Respite Center, Military Families will have the opportunity to share strategies for overcoming obstacles while building the bonds of fellowship and friendship.

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.

“Bank of America has great respect for the sacrifices given by the folks who will be staying at and using this facility after your purchase is complete. We also thank you for being a proponent of help and good will for our country’s service members through Not Forgotten Outreach.” Dana D. Lee, Assistant Vice Pres. -Asset Manager Bank of America

Not Forgotten Outreach thanks Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.
Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. a 501(c)(3) is dedicated to motivating Military,

Veterans & their Families and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process. Providing opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeships and at the same time enhance personal well-being.

Join us for the Official Ribbon Cutting April 6, 2015, 12:00 pm at the Military Family Respite Center 461 Valverde Commons, Taos, NM 87571.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan & other dignitaries will be joining us for the Ceremony.

Jimmy Staddler Band will be playing from 11:30am -2:30pm. Farm House Café will be providing snacks & refreshments.

For Further information Contact Don Peters 575-224-1503 or don@notforgottenoutreach.org


Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

332 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571 www.notforgottenoutreach.org

don@notforgottenoutreach.org (512) 656-6961 501(c)(3) pending

07 March 2013

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. has been awarded two scholarships to attend the 2013 AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 8-11, 2013.  AgrAbility National Training Workshop, is the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. The AgrAbility Workshop is designed for participants to learn and discuss issues relating to Assistive Technology, Ergonomics, Athritis and Agriculture for the disabled farmer.  We are exploring the possibility of developing an AgrAbility Project in New Mexico, with Northern New Mexico College’s Agroecology and Biological Research Station and their Green Jobs for Veteran’s Academy

The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a lifestyle of high quality for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers.

Not Forgotten Outreach is dedicated to motivating veterans and Gold Star families of our fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process.  There are approximately 1,713 Disabled Veterans in New Mexico with approximately 2,993 Gold Star surviving families’ members in New Mexico (per DOD Office of the Actuary, May 2012).

Not Forgotten Outreach Farm; is a collaboration between the Albuquerque VA Recreation Therapy, Taos Land Trust, La Montanita Co-op, Northern New Mexico College Veterans’ Green Jobs Academy, New Mexico State University County Extension Office, local farmers and Not Forgotten Outreach; to provide a program to Veterans and Gold Star Families to learn the basic skills and best practices for sustainable farming as a business or hobby and gain from its significant therapeutic and community benefits.  Farming has a mission-driven focus, similar to the focus of the military – it is driven by the mission rather than the time clock

•           Not Forgotten Outreach Small Scale Farming Classes will be held every Tuesday at 3pm starting 16 April 2013 at New Mexico State University County Extension Office.  We are working with Northern New Mexico College Veterans’ Green Jobs Academy to accredit classes towards certification and degree plans.

•           We are planning 20 raised beds near the Taos plaza on Gusdorf road, for Veterans and Gold Star Families to raise food for their own table and to sell at the Taos Farmers Market.

•           We are growing field crops; Corn, Beans, Squash, Pumpkins, Onions at our location at Sunset Park below Taos Plaza.

•           We are exploring expanding the project to include alfalfa and wheat production, weed eradication utilizing goats, farm animal husbandry.

For more information contact Don Peters II, don@notforgottenoutreach.org or 512-656-6961.


Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

332 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571 www.notforgottenoutreach.org

don@notforgottenoutreach.org (512) 656-6961 501(c)(3) pending

 

 Not Forgotten Outreach meets with Joint Chiefs of Staff to

Discuss Veterans and Military Families Issues facing our New Mexico

14 March 2013

STATEWIDE, NM  The Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support, Lt Col Christopher T. Ford, USAF, Regional Director –West, met with Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. and other Veteran non-profits, philanthropic entities to discuss and bring awareness to the challenges facing returning warriors and families to advance the means in which to  facilitate support.

Lt. Col Ford spoke of a grass roots focus and a community based methodology, organizing federal agencies, military Services, and non-governmental organizations, to lead the effort to improve the quality of life and work for returning warriors, their families, and the families of the fallen for the remainder of their lives. His key points emphasized:

• Build Public Awareness

• Encourage Community Involvement

• Promote Community Services

• Enable Warrior and Military Family Care using a community-based approach

Given the current state of strong societal support and civilian-military relations at the grass-roots level, it is possible for communities and our nation to provide the “reintegration trinity” of education; a meaningful and secure career; and the ability to access quality, long-term medical and psychological healthcare that is needed for our military veterans and their families to stay competitive and productive.

This support not only empowers veterans and families to lead a more productive life, it gives them the means to exercise a continuum of service to their community and/or the nation.

We must organize and coordinate New Mexico’s relevant non-governmental organizations to maximize and synchronize support. We must close the gaps and seams, which interrupt the smooth transition of warriors from the Service into society.

We need to match that focus and continue connecting to that sea of goodwill, especially as returning warriors and their families tackle new challenges associated with the stress of long deployments, the pain of combat injuries, or even the uncertainty of new careers in the civilian sector. They must get the care they need, the time they deserve, and the respect they’ve earned… for life

For more information, contact Don Peters II, don@notforgottenoutreach.org or 512-656-6961.


Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

332 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571 www.notforgottenoutreach.org

don@notforgottenoutreach.org (512) 656-6961 501(c)(3) pending

22 March 2013

Saving Money on Veteran Health Care

With the upcoming largest Military draw down in this Nation’s History and with more Veterans entering the VA Health Care system, the significance on National Veterans Special Events and Adaptive Sports have never been more important to saving Taxpayers in Veteran Health Care.

When military members return from service they are looking for comradery, meaning and the motivation “to watch their cargo-pocket buddies on their left and right”, to be involved in their community.

The National Veterans Special Events and Adaptive Sports programs are the primary stepping-stones in the Veterans Affairs arsenal for reintegration into the civilian world.

Whether the service member is attending one of these national events 40 years after service or 100 days after an injury the benefits of meeting like individuals builds comradery, the learning of new tricks on how to deal with a physical injury or a cognitive issue, the self-esteem earned from accomplishing a highly competitive task, are the same.

Just like Service Members are trained to assemble, disassemble and fire a weapon, these Veterans physical train throughout the year for the National Veterans events.  Physical activity is undisputed in helping to prevent suicides, reducing stress, reducing dependency on pain and depression medication.  Furthermore, participating Veterans have fewer secondary medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and heart conditions.

The National Veterans Events encourages Veterans to return to school and employment or to open a business, mostly due to the increased feeling of independence and motivation, the National Veterans Special Events and Adaptive Sports programs have given them.

In a monetary sense, the more Veterans we get off the couch and out of the dark about these National Veterans Events, the more we save in Health Care spending on secondary care and pharmaceutical cost.  Taxpayers further save monies by a smooth transitioning of Veterans into society, therefore reducing homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction and/or incarceration.

By empowering Veterans through recreational or therapeutical activities’; leads the Veterans to a more productive life, it gives them the means to exercise a continuum of service to their community and/or the nation.

•              National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic          Snowmass, CO March 31 – April 5, 2013

•              National Veterans Golden Age Games          Buffalo, NY May 30 – June 4, 2013

•              National Veterans Wheelchair Games           Tampa, FL July 13 – 18, 2013

•              National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic       San Diego, CA September 15 – 20, 2013

•              National Veterans Creative Arts Festival       Reno, NV October 21 – 27, 2013

•              Training-Exposure-Experience (TEE)            Iowa City, IA September 9 – 12, 2013


 

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

332 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571 www.notforgottenoutreach.org

don@notforgottenoutreach.org (512) 656-6961 501(c)(3) pending

VA’s “Suspension” of 2013 National Veterans

Golden Age Games Hurts Elder Veterans

 

26 March 2013 

Secretary of VA has postponed the Golden Age Games for 2013, http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/gag/index.asp.

It’s extremely disappointing the Department of Veterans Affairs would suspend the only National Veterans event targeted at our Vietnam, Korean and WWII Veterans.

With the upcoming largest Military draw down in this Nation’s History and with more Veterans entering the VA Health Care system, the significance on National Veterans Special Events and Adaptive Sports have never been more important to saving Taxpayers in Veteran Health Care.

When military members return from service they are looking for comradery, meaning and the motivation “to watch their cargo-pocket buddies on their left and right”, to be involved in their community.

The National Veterans Special Events and Adaptive Sports programs are the primary stepping-stones in the Veterans Affairs arsenal for reintegration into the civilian world.

Whether the service member is attending one of these national events 40 years after service or 100 days after an injury the benefits of meeting like individuals builds comradery, the learning of new tricks on how to deal with a physical injury or a cognitive issue, the self-esteem earned from accomplishing a highly competitive task, are the same.

Just like Service Members are trained to assemble, disassemble and fire a weapon, these Veterans physical train throughout the year for the National Veterans events.  Physical activity is undisputed in helping to prevent suicides, reducing stress, reducing dependency on pain and depression medication.  Furthermore, participating Veterans have fewer secondary medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and heart conditions.

The National Veterans Events encourages Veterans to return to school and employment or to open a business, mostly due to the increased feeling of independence and motivation, the National Veterans Special Events and Adaptive Sports programs have given them.

In a monetary sense, the more Veterans we get off the couch and out of the dark about these National Veterans Events, the more we save in Health Care spending on secondary care and pharmaceutical cost.  Taxpayers further save monies by a smooth transitioning of Veterans into society, therefore reducing homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction and/or incarceration.

By empowering Veterans through recreational or therapeutical activities’; leads the Veterans to a more productive life, it gives them the means to exercise a continuum of service to their community and/or the nation.

•              National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic          Snowmass, CO March 31 – April 5, 2013

•              National Veterans Golden Age Games           Buffalo, NY May 30 – June 4, 2013

•              National Veterans Wheelchair Games           Tampa, FL July 13 – 18, 2013

•              National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic       San Diego, CA September 15 – 20, 2013