The Home Defense / Gun Safety class trains our veterans and their families in proper firearm care and safety. This class is led by Doug Collier of Apex Tactical Solutions, LLC. Doug spent the past 28 years serving his Country, both in and out of uniform. After being commissioned as a United States Army Officer, Doug spent 5 1/2 years as a Military Police Officer, deploying to Panama, Haiti, and Kuwait. Doug left the Army to accept an appointment as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he would spend the next 23 years.
The Fireworks Desensitization 1 class will consist of approximately 2 hours of class time indoors and 2 hours of fireworks demonstrations and practicum held outside during daylight hours. The purpose of the fireworks desensitization course is to provide a positive experience with pyrotechnics for Veterans who currently experience adverse physical or emotional response to fireworks currently preventing them from engaging in community and family events involving pyrotechnics.
A mental health professional is present to assist if needed.
Fireworks Desensitization 2 includes pre-planning steps to enable the veteran to attend a live fireworks event with their family. Strategies may include event selection, location planning, child care, therapy dogs and a defined exit strategy should the event become too much.
The suicide prevention class is a VA program facilitated by Fidelis Family Retreat and hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans and their support team members learn S.A.V.E. The S.A.V.E. training equips class members to identify warning signs and act with care and compassion. Participants are connected with resources and crisis connections.