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PeaceAware.com is about the 7 Steps of Restorying to rebalance the relation of SELVES, AWARENESS, with ECOSYSTEMS, & OTHERS (& Organizations).

My Name is David M. Boje. I am not only a Vietnam veteran, I am a Ph.D. in Storytelling, and I do Restorying of old stereotype fo Self and ways the Society and Organizations of all types story our Veteran Selves in ways that are NOT helpful.

With RETORYING, a way to Time Travel to past and future to find moments when I and other veterans were exceptional. These are called LITTLE WOW MOMENTS. That gets us material to carft a 'new story' of Being in the Now, and a new future. With emboidment mindful medittion, the RETORYING becomes a new habit of thought and action. It becomes sustainable. David Boje email for Restorytelling seminar -- Boje Family History pages (need password) Call 575-532-1693 for more info on PeaceAware Restorying work in your area.

VETERANS' THEATER

Directed by David M. Boje, Ph.D. March 7, 2014; revised May 15, 2015

 

The VETERANS THEATER PROJECT:

We are talking with homeless veterans and the homeless community of New Mexico to come up with the stories that are the basis for the theater plays. They turn these stories into theater plays for paying audiences.

It started with Liz and I applying Anete Strand's Material Storytelling Method, not your usual sandtray work, rather an Object Theater of one's whole life depicted without words, just assembling objects to spatialize and temporalized and embodied storytelling.

Embodied Storytelling Healing for Veterans by David Boje and Liz EnglandKennedy.

Then Professor Erika Gergerich and I began developing improv to take the theatre to the next level, and develop VETERANS THEATER as a small business enterpreneurial venture the veterans themselves operate to create their own ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY.

We SOLD OUT the play 'Dead While Waiting for My VA Appointment!’ performed by homeless veterans and the homeless community of Camp Hope, on APRIL 30th 5:00PM-7:00PM at New Mexico State University's Center for Performing Arts. Prices: Tickets $6 Students, $12 Adults (lodge), & $25 (Front Row). We used all the 70 chairs, ordered 30 more, and still people were standing against the walls to see the performance.

Here is a YouTube of excerpt from the April 30th VETERANS THEATER perfmance of 'Dead while waiting for my VA appointment.

This is a 3 minute video about work we are doing with our veterans. Every person in America is 3 paychecks away from becoming homeless! We veterans grow up with every kind of institution from School, Family, University, the Military, and the Medical establishment storying and restorying us. The institutions story our Selves on the MirrorSstage in ways that is preventing care that would make fewer veterans a statistic.

 

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  1. Fronteras 430: Helping out Veterans - Dr. David Boje

    Fronteras: A Changing America Anthony Moreno interviews DrDavid Boje, an NMSU Business Professor who is a Vietnam ...

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Our NEXT event is to rent the Rio Grande Theater for a September performance (exact date to be announced). The Rio Grande Theatre is a 422-seat performing arts facility with a forty-foot fly loft, dressing rooms, digital projector, sound and lighting equipment, acoustical panels, refrigerated air, a refurbished lobby, and gallery spaces. 

We raised over $1,000 to put on our next theater proformances in September 2015, but we need to raise more for the theater, set and rehearsal costs.

We continue to do fund fraising using CrowdSource at GoFundMe.com/mol1wc to cover costs of next play and setting up or 501 (c) 3. Thank you.

Contact Dr. Boje at davidboje@gmail.com to help with the next play or please send donation check to Dr. Boje 4700 Dunn Drive. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011. We can mail you back your receipt.

Thank you for attending the play, and for your continued donations"

FiNANCIAL STATEMENT as of May 2, 2015
REVENUES
Wal-Green Fund raiser 132
Sweet CeCe fund raiser 230
 Apr 30th at the door 494.04
GoFundMe at Apr 30 1492
SUBTOTAL Revenes  $2348.04
EXPENSES
GoFundMe Fee (4.5%) 67.14
NMSU theater 2 hr rental 350
NMSU extra 10 minutes time 100
NMSU 30 extra chairs  74
Flags  & poles for veterans 250
Marioneette & Set Juarez 450
Props & Signs 50
SUBTOTAL Expenses $1341.14
BALANCE May 2 2015 $1006.9

 

Balance and the money raised at the April 30th event will go to developing more plays, props, set design, printing costs, and other related expenses - For more information contact David Boje

e.g. a September play on Tale of Two Cities (Albuquerque & Las Cruces) in how the feed or don't feed the homeless, dump rocks on them or build viable tent community, and have an ethic of not-in-my-backyard or takes a community-of-care to bring change and well-being.

 


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PASS OUT this 2 front/back brochure about the APRIL 30th Veterans Theater event 5:30PM Center for Performaing Arts at New Mexico State University

or here is the current playbill for the play itself

 

Las Cruces Veterans Use Theatre Performance To Voice Concerns With VA

 

Print the SPICE TOOK MY LIFE FLYER

We will focus on SPICE , which has led to veterans being dishonorably discharged, and homeless veterans who struggle to keep SPICE out of CAMP HOPE.


Adam Hernandez's mother, Ruth Rivas from El Paso is attending.
Her son, while in the Navy used SPICE and committed suicide.

"I am just so happy to see that someone has finally taken notice of the deadly impact spice is having on our active military and veterans.” - Ruth Rivas http://spiceisnotnice.org

22 veterans every day commit suicide in the US. Only 1 in 22 are receiving care. His mother and dad are attending the play. She says, "I am just so happy to see that someone has finally taken notice of the deadly impact spice is having on our active military and veterans.”

1 in 9 high school students have used SPICE. The military gives dishonorable discharged to SPICE users and dealers, and they are not eligible for most VA benefits.

VETERANS THEATER is also about economic sustainability, ways for homeless veterans to develop a small business, such as putting on theater plays:

Students in a Management Course on Sustainability and a Social Work class in HSS, collaborated to work with homeless veterans, raising money to pay the theater costs at NMSU, and the costs of putting on the production. Money raised will help the veterans develop more plays, and speak up about their issues to a paying audience.

Finally, we focus two acts of the play on the VA wait times are so long that 19,400 veterans died waiting for care. The El Paso VA where we send vets from Las Cruces, has the LOWEST rating in the country. http://va-hospitals.healthgrove.com/
The VA needs to develop options other than more meds: VA spent about $3.7 billion and DOD spent about $7.7 billion on prescription drugs (2009).

There must be alternatives to just giving vets more and more meds. We end the play with an example of an alternative: VA in other states have places veterans and their families can go after deployment to work with horse, gardening, and get into Nature, to decompress.

There are 50,000 homeless veterans in the USA. They too need alternatives.

We are helping homeless veterans put on a series of theater plays in order to invite 'pre-reflexive' entrepreneurship ventures into their community that would displace mindless operative intentions that are inhumane. The book and article we are writing explores successful and failed attempts to use crowdsourcing to initiate entrepreneurial partnerships. We study the the mindless everyday ways cites are coping with homeless veterans. People with an interest in helping with innovating better ways of care than London's spikes for homeless veterans, or Albuquerque's rocks for homeless veterans, were invited tothe April 30 2015 theater performance by the veterans at the New Mexico State University Center for Performing arts. This study contributes to Boje's (2001, 2011, 2014) theory of antenarrative. An antenarrative is pre-thetic, tacit, un-themed, non-coherent, yet at the same time it is an operative intentionality 'before' reflexivity, 'beneath' reflexivity, in-between reflexivity that contains 'bets' on the future of homeless veterans in particular cities.

"In case you forgot, the VA is still terrible. Despite a Los Angeles VA official claiming their new wait times were four days—it turns out it’s really more like 44 days." --- Jon Stewart skewers the VA’s 44-day-long wait times...
Watch below or click here:

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Segment Leads To Huge Change For Veterans

"The Choice Program, which was put in place to speed access to medical care after it was revealed that some patients had been waiting months for treatment, allows veterans who live far from VA facilities to get out-of-network care closer to home." More

The veterans in Las Cruces are served by the El Paso VA, which has the worst report card rating in the USA:

 

Compare the worst VA hospital in the USA to the better ones at http://va-hospitals.healthgrove.com/

El Paso VA reportcard

Read the El Paso VA reviews

Albuquerque has better score out of 100, but it has one of the longest wait times in the USA

Figure 1 - How London Luxuary Apartment Owners Address Homelessness

For more see Antenarrative of London Spikes for the Homeless

Figure 2 - What kind of a city would deny Homeless Women a Space between the hightway and Railroad Tracks? Answer: Albuquerque, New Mexico (source: ThinkProgress.org)

Everytime the homeless veterans and homeless community of Albuquerque put up tents, the Mayor sends out the city workers to give them rocks the size of bowling balls, so that they are de-camped.

Figure 3 - How the City of Albuquerque Addresses Homelessness (source: ThinkProgress.org)

Former Tent City denizens left a message for Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry (R) after city workers covered the site in pointy rocks. CREDIT: DINAH VARGAS/BURQUE MEDIA

What kind of City treats its homeless this way? How is such treatment by any city possible?

Why does Albuquerque NOT feed its homeless?

 

Fortunately, the second largest metropolitan city in New Mexico, has a better solution. In Las Cruces, New Mexico is a model program for how a city, a university, and the homeless community got it together.

Figure 4: Camp Hope, with Veteran's flying their American FLas.

What is the difference between the cities of Albuquerque and Las Cruces? Albuquerque uses pre-reflexive operative intention (in English, mindless city policy). In Las Cruces, the community has done what Boje (2001, 2011, 2014, 2015) calls 'antenarrative process.' An Antenarrative is fourfold: Before-narrative, Beneath-narrative, Between-narratives and living stories, and Bets on the Future. Both Albuquerque and Las Cruces city governments deploy antenarrative, pre-reflexive operative processes. The difference is that the four B's (Before, Beneath, Between, and Bets) are differently manifested in the two cities.

√ How Veterans' Theater got started

It all started in Las Cruces on a cold November morning in 2011, when some Army veterans, one named Sykes, put up tents on a vacant lot in Las Cruces, next door to Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. The city was going to do like Albuquerque, and decamp the veterans. However, as code enforcement officers cited violation after violation, the local New Mexico State University students and faculty pitched in to resolve each and everyone. The City a couple years later declared the site a city campground. Why does it work? Unlike Albuquerque, who keeps putting bowling ball sized rocks onto each new campsite, Las Cruces community uses enterpreneurship and old-fashioned problem solving operations.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

Multi-University Research Team:


We are research faculty from three universities (Aalborg University, Denmark, and in the U.S., New Mexico State University, and Texas Tech University), and one Military Ph.D. Psychologist. Our Research Team consists of one Principal Investigator (PI), Six Co-PIs (one per college), three Research Faculty, and one Research Psychologist from White Sands Missile Range (WSMR):

Dr. David Boje (PI) from New Mexico State University (NMSU), Management Department, Full Professor, Distinguished Achievement Professor, Vietnam Veteran, certified by Equine-Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA) as Veteran and Family Deployment Support as Military Services Provider, and author co-founder with Dr. Rosile (below) of ‘Embodied Restorying Process’ (ERP) methodology and practice.

Dr. Jeanne Flora (Co-PI, Arts & Sciences College of NMSU, Communication Studies Department, family studies), Associate Professor
Dr. Kenneth Hacker (Researcher, Communication Studies Department), Full Professor & Department Head of Communications Studies).

Dr. Grace Ann Rosile (Co-PI, College of Business of NMSU, Management Department), Full Professor, co-founder of ERP methodology and practice, certified EAGALA Veteran and Family Deployment Support as Military Services Provider.

Dr. Meghan Downes (Co-PI, College of Business of NMSU, Economics Department, Associate Professor, working on Agent-Based Model in Study of Veteran wait times at the Veterans Administration

Dr. Liz EnglandKennedy (Co-PI, Health & Human Services College of NMSU, Department of Public Health Sciences)
Dr. Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome (Researcher, School of Social Work)
Erika Gergerich, MSW (Researcher, School of Social Work)

Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt (Co-PI, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Science of NMSU), College Associate Professor in Family and Child Science, Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Dr. Merranda Romero Marin (Researcher, Department of Family and Consumer Science), Assistant Professor, licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly within the context of the family system.

Texas Tech University:
Dr. Hans Hansen (Co-PI, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University), Associate Professor

Aalborg University:
Dr. Anete Strand (Co-PI, Material Storytelling Lab founder and director), Assistant Professor.

Whites Sands Missile Range (WSMR):
Dr. Wazlavek, Bernard E CIV USARMY MEDCOM WBAMC (US)

 

How you can help: Click on GoFundMe - thank you!

 

 

Here is link to our first public live performance held March 18 2015 in case you missed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVw49dNWJYE&feature=youtu.be

Above NMSU professors Dr. Erika Gergerich and Dr. David Boje, directing Veterans Theater

My name is David M. Boje Ph.D. I am a Storytelling Change Agent, Amateur Blacksmith, & ‘Wells Fargo’ Chaired Professor at New Mexico State University, and Aalborg University awarded me their Honorary Doctorate and affiliated me with Material Storytelling Lab, Denmark. I am working with Dr. Erika Gergerich from NMSU Social Work to direct theater productions with the Veterans from Community of Hope.

The MGT375v (Sustainable Development and Global Environment) students (Areej, Luke, Sharron, & Meshal), the Veterans of Community of Hope (Ernst, Sykes, Johh Hawk, BA, Michael, and Dr Erika Gergerich’s social work students (Jen Kitcey, Maxie ...) are creating a SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS called ‘VETERANS’ THEATER’.
The "Veterans’ Theater” business is putting on plays in university, public school, and community theaters --- to paying customers.

 

TESTIMONIALS:

"Awareness...men and women who serve in our military to keep our freedom....our greatest gift....need to be taken care of with love and respect regardless of their mental and physical condition. ... play entitled "Dead While Waiting for my VA Appointment" depicts the way veterans are treated within the VA system. Their individual situations get lost in the system's bureaucracy with untimely appointments, improper diagnosis and medications. The presentation was a true depiction of the VA care system and was an eye opener to most people who don't realize veterans are not treated with the respect they deserve, and who sometimes have to go outside this system for better medical care. Soldiers are greatly respected but veterans lack the same. Making people aware can help influence elected officials to aid in making changes to the VA system to provide better service to veterans" --- Bob and Mary Sherman

"This project is a very innovative and effective way of enhancing the lives of the participating veterans in the community, but at the same time, it raises public awareness of the issues veterans face as they try to (re)adjust to their old-new home-lives. The play is bound to be entertaining, heartfelt, and cathartic all at the same time" -- Gabriella Lewis

 

"The vignette of the play “Dead While Waiting for My VA Appointment” was a powerful recounting of the lived experiences of its performers – women and men who served honorably and with distinction in the U.S. armed forces. The play shines light on the challenges they and countless other veterans have faced while trying to obtain medical care and services from the Veterans Administration, particularly at VA facilities. Especially notable is the play’s depiction of the uneven care offered to different classes of vets (for example homeless vets vs. middle-class ones, or those with physical vs. mental health issues), as well as the potential over-reliance on prescription medication as a primary means of treatment. Given the 2014 resignation of VA secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki amidst a wave of VA hospital scandals and cover-ups – including the ordering of employees to falsify data concerning wait times and delayed care related deaths – this play brings much-needed attention to the quality of care and services we provide our combat veterans with AFTER their return home from battle. Having spent 9 years in the U.S. Army uniform and as an Iraq War combat veteran myself, I appreciate this story being told" --Dr. Sean Roger

 

Here is a storybaord of the 5 act play:

 

Veterans' Theater ACT ONE

 

Our project is creating economic sustainability for Las Cruces homeless veterans in transitional living at Camp Hope and Oak St. start their own business. We are doing this by fund raising events and by crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is a way social entrepreneurs process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by seeking contributions from a large group of people. Here is a YouTube of a rehearsal of Act IV: ‘Why VA if Full of Madness'

Veterans Theater — For more information, see http://peaceaware.com
Or contact Professor David M. Boje, Management
Department, NMSU, dboje@nmsu.edu 575-936-9578 (cell)

 

 

 

Above Stanley Smith, Camp Hope; behind him are the flags we want to replace with U.S. Code Title 4 flags.

We are raising money on a second Campaign to repair a Viewtnam Veteran's Yahaha

 


VETERANS' THEATER REHAEARSAL LOCATION: Community of Hope's Veteran's Transitional Living, 3350 Oak Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005-3784

We did our first performance at Sweet CeCe's on 18 March 2015 at 7PM. It was a sell out crowd, an evening of laughter and critical merriment. We raised $200. We did our tabling at the El Paseo Wal-Mart in Las Cruces March 21 2015 and raised another $130. Togother with the GoFundMe crowdsourding we have raised over $1,000. We are now 1/3rd of the way to our goal: To raise $3,000 for the theater rental fees, set construction costs, and printing costs we have for 2015. Give to http://GoFundMe.com/mol1wc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVw49dNWJYE&feature=youtu.be

Above are VETERANS THEATER performers (Maxie & Jen from NMSU Social Work with David, Michael & John (3 veterans) at fundraiser owned by a Vietnam veteran, located at Las Cruces 901 East University Ave, Suite B Las Cruces, NM 88003. Here is the Sweet CeCe Event Flyer created by NMSU Marketing Student Areej Gardi.

more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVw49dNWJYE&feature=youtu.be

 

Above is BA, Ernst (holding mic), John Hawk, Alex & Christopher (holding signs), & Sykes (wearing Army shirt). These actors are all Community of Hope veterans in transition from homelessness. They are telling their stories. The sign 'All Threats Will be Teken Seriously' is what the VA actually displays in its offices. The second sign is our comic relief. See 30 minute YouTube video by Matthew Saylors (filmographer) of our first public performance of Veterans Theater (18 March 2015.

Professors David Boje of College of Business and Erika Gergerich of Social Work in College of Health and Social Services are bringing together veterans in transition from homelessness with social worker and business sustainability students to give the audience a look at the Veterans Administration (VA) from the inside out.

Social workers (nurses, doctors, etc.) have a heart-of-care and somehow strait-jacketed working in the VA by a bureaucratic mess. The veterans-themselves and the social workers bring the VA pattern of processing vets into view on the stage so that he audience can engage a disciplined inquiry into the organizational behavior and achieve an understanding of the pedagogy of the oppressed. David Boje of College of Business directs the Veterans' Theater. He is Equine-Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA) equine specialist also certified to work with veterans and military family members.

EAGALA (see our http://peaceaware.eagle) site for more info on our work with horses and veterans.

The Veterans' Theater audience enters a space of critical dialgouge of how the VA engages in universal standard-making practies while social workers attempt to use story-listening in a heart-of-care and not fall into the bureaucratic trap of processing 'cases' instead of 'people.' Here is an example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVw49dNWJYE&feature=youtu.be

Above, an NMSU Social Work student volunteers to take the role of a VA service provider, and reenact a scene, to see how the VA might use the resources it has to do its work with more humanity towards veterans. From left to Right: David (NMSU & Vietnam Veteran), Jen and Maxie (NMSU social work), volunteer social work student from audience, and Sykes a co-founder of Camp Hope and Vietnam Veteran). This approach to problem solving is called Forum Theater, and was created by Augusto Baol, and is based on Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. It is a way for the the veterans and social workers to 'speak back to powerful' institutions such as the VA, and bring aobut problem solving, and bring the entire audience into the Situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVw49dNWJYE&feature=youtu.be

Above 'Veterans Theater actors': BA (22 year MP who heads up 'Safety Team' at Camp Hope; veterans Ernst, Sykes, and John from Transitional Living unit of Community of Hope who are developing the plays about the meds-industry relations with the VA to show the audience how this looks from the inside out.

Above is our first live audience. Thank you for attending the 18 March event, now buy tickets for the April 30th full performance.

We are raising $3,000 to put on the full five act perofmrance. http://GoFundMe.com/mol1wc All money goes toward producing the plays, theater costs, set design, costumes, transportation, and getting our veterans' story onto the big stage. All proceeds go to Veteran's Theater costs and to pay for EAGALA sessions for our veterans and any family members. 'SUPPORT THE TROOPS' with more than words! Their smiles are thanks enough! Order a front row $25-seat at the first show, or $6 students, $12 adults. The show must go on!

The PeaceAware.com Veteran's Theatre Group (John Hawk, David Boje, Ernst Ramey, Brad Stiles, and D. Sykes Jr.; not shown Carlos Ramsdell Macías) ; GoFundMe.com

    minute about

    Veterans' Theater

    A quick video describing the veteranstheater.

Thank you from Veterans' Theater.

 

 

The Death of Storytelling Indictments:

  1. We do formally charge that the death of storytelling is a serious crime. The death of storytelling is an indictment for societal conspiracy, a society trying to turn its back on the death of veterans, on death itself!
  2. The dramaturgy we observe at the VA is a situation, a storytelling system that is so bad, it deserves to be condemned. Yet, there is somthing eles that is troubling, a society that cannot stare death in the face.
    How can the USA sit by and watch the death of storytelling when it does lead to so many other kinds of death of veterans? 22 veteran suicides a day, 8030 a year, 56,210 every 7 years --> more than death by combat --> more veteran suicides than happened in WWI or WWII. Surely the nation is watching death in video games, yet unable to face the death of its soldiers, its veterans after deployment.

These are indictments, not of the VA, but of an entire society, that is complicit in the death of storytelling! The death of storytelling coincides with the way the face of death itself has changed.

"Death is the sanction of everything that the storyteller can tell" (Benjamin, 1936, online).

"Dying was once a public process in the life of the individual and a most exemplary one; think of the medieval pictures in which the deathbed has turned into a throne toward which the people press through the wide-open doors of the death house. In the course of modern times dying has been pushed further and further out of the perceptual world of the living" (Benjamin, 1936, online).

Veterans who escape dying in the theaters of combat return home, in these modern times, ony to have their dying pushed out of view of the world of the living society. Today veterans are stowed away in VA waiting lists, or in VA hospitals, so that the rest of society is never touched by death. Yet we all know of veterans or know of a friend of a veteran, who died waiting for care.

"The idea of eternity has ever had its strongest source in death. If this idea declines, so we reason, the face of death must have changed. It turns out that this change is identical with the one that has diminished the communicability of experience to the same extent as the art of storytelling has declined" (Benjamin, 1936, online).

The purpose of Veterans' Theater is to bring the lost arts of storytelling back to life. We practice increased communicability of veterans' and the VA social workers' experiences. We do our dramaturgy to restore to life storytelling practices that bring a new vigor to not only storytelling at the VA, but resuscitate storytelling in the USA. We are here to relaunch storytelling! Storytelling has collapsed and has yet to be resurrected. In this way dead storytelling is resurrected. In a land where veterans can no longer tell a tale of trauma properly, we are reclaiming lost storytelling competencies, putting them in the Mirror Stage, so USA can see its own storytelling practices, in the mirror.

 

Benjamin, Walter. 1936/1955/1968. The Storyteller: Reflections on the works of Nikolai Leskov, Pp. 883-110. In Illuminations, Edited with introduction by Hannah Arendt. Translated by Harry Zohn.  NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. 1936/1955 in German, 1968 in English. See searchable PDF

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION

I am often asked why is someone from the College of Business doing work with veterans? I want to understand how 22 veteran suicides a day is related to doing business with the VA.

According to the VA: The care needed for 25.6 million living veterans is unsustainable given "the federal budget climate” (p. 4, http://www.va.gov/healthpolicyplanning/vision2020.pdf).

Here are the Facts: About 4 million of the 25.6 total number of living veterans receive care in any given year. This means that VA does not have the budget for facilities, personnel, technology, meds, etc. to actually do the job. The USA strategy therefore has been to restrict and allocate care by giving priority access to veterans with service-connected disabilities. This means that most veterans, committing suicide (22 a day) are not receiving any VA care.

In Las Cruces, for example, 80% of the veterans at Community of Hope do not seek or receive VA benefits. Rather, they exist on medicaid, medicare, or private care. Of 22 suicides a day, 21 of the 22 have no care at all.

The VA operates 162 VA hospitals nationwide. 57 VA regional offices provide benefits to veterans. VA has medical care budget of more than $28 billion, and employs more than 180,000 health care professionals in 162 hospitals, more than 850 community and facility-based clinics, 137 nursing homes, 43 domiciliaries, 206 readjustment counseling centers, and various other facilities throughout the country.

Of the 25.6 million living veterans, most (75 percent) served during a war or an official period of hostility. Of these, Over 6.2 million enrolled veterans look to VHA for health care services and more than 4.3 million veterans received care in FY 2002.

"VA has been unable to provide all enrolled veterans with timely access to health care services because of the tremendous growth in the number of veterans seeking VA health care” (p. 4).

source of above statistics: http://www.va.gov/healthpolicyplanning/vision2020.pdf

The VA does a lot of business with pharmaceutical companies.

In the April 30th 2015 VETERANS' THEATER production the veterans and social workers, in the production, will be taking a critical look at the role of pharmaceutical companies.

"Eight pharmaceutical companies, including the nation's three largest, doled out more than $220 million last year to promotional speakers for their products, according to a ProPublica analysis of company data.

For the first time, all these companies have reported a full year of payments, allowing for head-to-head comparisons of how much they spent on physicians to help push their pills. Some appear to be paring back." (source)

This is big business. For example, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013.


source: https://investor.lilly.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=822044

"Total revenue in the U.S. increased 5 percent to $12.890 billion due to higher prices, partially offset by volume declines for Cymbalta and Zyprexa® due to the loss of patent exclusivity. “ … "Zyprexa sales outside the U.S. were $1.071 billion, a 20 percent decrease driven by the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange rates, lower volume in markets outside of Japan, and lower prices”

However, there is another side to the Zyprexa story, it may not be safe:

"Two patients have died unexpectedly after their Zyprexa Relprevv injections, and the FDA is now investigating. The agency says the patients died three to four days after receiving "an appropriate dose," and both had "very high" blood levels of olanzapine, the long-acting Zyprexa product's active ingredient” Source: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/fda-probes-long-acting-zyprexa-safety-after-2-patients-die/2013-06-18… Made by Eli Lilly ($LLY), Zyprexa Relprevv is a follow-up to the company's blockbuster antipsychotic Zyprexa. The long-acting injectable version isn't a big seller for the company; Lilly doesn't even itemize its sales, just reports the total Zyprexa franchise revenue, which amounted to $1.3 billion last year. The Relprevv version is, however, still on patent, so it's selling at brand prices without generic competition. Its key patent expires in 2018.”….

"Zyprexa itself has come under plenty of FDA scrutiny. After years of reports of weight gain in Zyprexa patients, the FDA investigated, and the drug now carries a label warning of the risk of weight gain and metabolic problems. Lilly faced thousands of lawsuits from Zyprexa patients claiming the drug caused them to develop diabetes; the company wrapped up most of them in a $1.2 billion settlement. The company also paid $1.42 billion to resolve a Justice Department investigation into its Zyprexa marketing practices" source: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/fda-probes-long-acting-zyprexa-safety-after-2-patients-die/2013-06-18

"Among the allegations: That Lilly pushed Zyprexa for children and for elderly dementia patients, both off-label uses. That it made particular efforts to push Zyprexa in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. And that Lilly aimed to make Zyprexa a primary care drug, despite the fact that it was only approved to treat two disorders--schizophrenia and bipolar disorder--typically not handled by primary-care doctors.” source: http://www.fiercepharma.com/special-reports/top-10-pharma-settlements/eli-lilly-zyprexa

 

 

 

 

 

We assume that most people in the VA are profesisonal, caring, and do the job of helping veterans the best way the can. The people in the VA are not the problem. The death of storytelling is the problem! Rather, it is the VA 'storytelling organization', that system of rules for determining how to listen to veterans' stories, that translates into how long to wait for a medical appiontment, who qualifies for care, and so on. The people in the VA play by game rules set by congress. The people working in the VA are trianed by universities. They are our sons and duaghters who attend university, undertake careers as social workers, medical doctors, psychologiests, nurses, and so on. Our play is humorous look at the 'rules of the storytelling game' played by VA, from the vantage point of veterans-in-transitional housing. We try to answer the question: Why can noone listen to the stories veterans are telling? How is the death of story-listening and storytelling resulting in veterans dying waiting for their appointment for care?

Vietnam Veteran and storytelling Professor David M. Boje is directing formerly homeless Oak Street veterans in a Forum Theater production of 'Dead While Waiting for My VA Appointment!'  

7.7 Million Americans have PTSD. 31% Vietnam Vets have PTSD.. (source).

Veteran's Theatre is a way for veterans to project Four Selves on the Mirror Stage: Frozen-Self, Social-Self, Heart-Self, and the Mirror-Self.

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 Why?

That’s the question the family and friends of Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette are struggling to answer.

"At 30, Brunette seemingly had it all. A vivacious and attractive athlete and scholar, she had been lauded by the Air Force for her work in Afghanistan, was a partner in a fitness center about to open in Largo and was known by her family and friends as being the strong one always ready to help others.

But for some reason, Brunette, who left active duty after 11 years last June and joined the Air Force Reserve, couldn’t help herself.

On Feb. 9, Tampa police found her slumped over in the back of her locked Chrysler 200 sedan outside a Harbour Island cafe near her apartment." More 

Everyone wants to know, why are there so many homeless veterans (1 in 4 homeless are veterans)? Why are so many veterans homeless in the USA (49,933)? Why are 22 veterans a day committing suicide?

More facts...

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There are many reasons why people do not go to the VA

More see http://peaceaware.com/eagle

An the big question: What can you and I do about it?

Dreams help! When a formerly homeless veteran has a dream then they don't become a statistic. Our dream is to get paying customers to see our plays.  

We are collecting donations for sets and costumes we can use to put on several theatre productions at university, schools, and local community theaters.  

GOAL: Our goal is to raise $3,000. Our university students, faculty, and you have stepped up to help sell tickets and fund the theater performances. We are now in rehearsal. Help if you can. Every little bit helps. 

See YouTube about the Tribal Wisdome of storytelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcsPh-5QbdE

I am proposing a program: Building Change through storytelling for Veterans Transitioning form Homelessness in Peace Time. We are building sustainability in the Veterans’ Theatre business venture. For example, as an amateur blacksmith, I am recycling rebar into ten pegs for Camp Hope, so the tents don’t blow away.  I am also making a Kiln to melt beer and soda aluminum cans so they can be sand-cast into parts of life-size veteran-Marionettes that can be used in our stage productions of Veterans Theater

You can help by recycling rebar or aluminum, or donating directly at http://GoFundMe.com/mol1wc 

Above is Matt Mercer, whohelped found Camp Hope in 2011 after several years of living homeless in Las Cruces. Today, Mercer works for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, which runs the camp. (Source: Andres Leighton/For the Albuquerque Journal)

How Veterans' Theater Group Began

It started with sandtray work with homeless veterans, move along to EAGLE (equine-assisted-growth-and-learning-events) with our student veterans and families, now we are taking our own Forum Theatre on-the-road. Forum Theatre is Augusto Boal's way of getting the actors on the stage to interact with the audience spectators, until the spectators become actors, or as he calls them 'spect-actors'. Our innovation is to make this part of Lacan's Mirror Stage. Veterans recognize themselves in the strange reflected images of the Mirror Stage.

'Forum Theatre' where formerly Homeless Veterans Share Their Story And Move Forward on the Mirror Stage by Improving their Four Selves

Carlos Ramsdell Macías of
Storytime Enchantments’
The Sun & The Moon
Marionette Theatre
February 17, 2015

Carlos' Materials List to construct a Marionette Theatre Set and (10) Hand-Held Puppets. We raise $450 to fund Carlos' marionettes and stage set so he could purchase the following:

  1. (4) 1.5” X 1/8” X 20’ angle irons.
  2. (16 - 20) 4” metal casters with soft rubber wheels.
  3. (3) Closet door railings and wheel carriages.
  4. (2) ¼” X 4’ X 8’ MDF.
  5. (2) 3/8” X 4’ X 8’ MDF.
  6. (5) 2” X 4” X 8’ studs.
  7. (4) Gallons, acrylic house paint + (3) liters same.
  8. (1) 10-15’ extension cord.
  9. (2) Curtain rods.
  10. (10) Meters cotton cloth.
  11. Seamstress fund: ‘Sirrogues’ and 12 marionettes for ‘When Johnny…’
  12. Cloth and sewing materials for all puppets.
  13. (4) Sacks of Yeso Maximo, (plaster of Paris.)
  14. Used newspaper, flour and anti-fungal solution for papier maché.
  15. Alamo wood for hands and feet of ‘sirrogues’ and anatomies of marionettes.
  16. Stuffing for ‘sirrogues’.
  17. (3) Gallons of Bondo.
  18. (2) 4’ X 8’ X 1” extruded polystyrene, Foamular. + Liquid Nails adhesive for heavy-duty construction: (4) cartridges.
  19. Labor fund for assistant who will finish theatre structure while I finish marionettes specific to the ‘When Johnny…’ play and the ‘sirrogues’.
  20. Optional: Audio equipment: 4-speaker Sony with USB reader + small stereo.
  21. 4.5” grinder, Dewalt.

 

We plan to do several fund raisers:

 
 ORGANIZATION:    DETAILS: STATUS    
Las Cruces 901 East University Ave, Suite B Las Cruces, NM 88001
 

We appread at CeCe's on 18 March 2015 at 7PM

Need to set the date
26th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March on 22 March 2015!     Registration is $110 per person; $500 for a team. SEEKING SPONSOR for 4 Vets to go Seeking Waiver for fee so that 5 veterans from Community of Hope may enter the event
Bruce Springstein Concert at Las Cruces New Mexico   We are $200,000 short of what Bruce's handlers want to come to Las Cruces The NMSU activities people have been talking to Springstein, and they are getting closer to agreeing on terms

How big should we make the Marionettes? HOW BIG IS YOUR DREAM?

Answer 1: Giant Size:How about a Veteran Marionette that is 50 Feet High, wearing a Screaming Eagle patch

  1. The little girl giant-playing in the park

    • 8 years ago
    • 291,356 views
    Enchanting, spectacular, beautiful piece of fairytale that I think I'll ever see. Giantfigure puppet girl doll stands at 11-12 meter high.

 

Giant Walks Through Guadalajara

  • 4 years ago
  • 371 views
This is an incredible marionette show designed by the French. It is an amazing show only seen in six countries, including Mexico.

 

  1. SALVADOR, LA MARIONETA GIGANTE BIG HORSE & GIANT PUPPET

    • 5 years ago
    • 1,521 views
    ESPECTACULO DE CARROS DE FOC CON LA MARIONETA GIGANTE SALVADOR EXITOSA EN VERANO DE 2009 POR SUS ...

 

La petite géante et le scaphandrier (Royal de ... - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rigKzJuCb_o
Jun 6, 2014 - Uploaded by Télénantes
Dans ce documentaire de 52 minutes, Télénantes vous fait revivre les trois jours du spectacle de la compagnie

 

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