Start it Up...
Welcome to the first post on the new blog for Operation Freedom Bird. In this space, we want to greet some people, meet more people, and thank long time friends and supporters of the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey.
What is the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey?
More to the point; the Healing Journey isn’t a “trip to the Wall,” or a “Freedom Flight.” There are many other such organizations that provide those services to the veterans that deserve them; but the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey is a little different.
Operation Freedom Bird is an all-volunteer organization that takes Arizona veterans from all conflicts to Washington, D.C., on a four-day “Healing Journey” over Veterans Day each year. The goal of the Healing Journey is to help the veterans lessen the effects of PTSD and unresolved grief and loss from their service in combat. The Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey is not a sightseeing trip. In addition to individual moments of counseling all day, there is a group therapy session every night; and the event can be an intense, life altering experience:
I know this because I went on the Healing Journey myself in 2014.
To find out more, the Mission Statement of Operation Freedom Bird can be found HERE.
The world has changed a lot in the last 28 years since Operation Freedom Bird was founded in 1988 by Pat Lynch. It seems that with the rise of the internet and social media, life has gotten a little faster; and for better or for worse, that’s just the way it is. If people are going to connect with other people or organizations on any scale, it is going to happen through social media, and that’s what we want to do with this blog.
Not too long ago, I saw this principle in action. I was at a veteran’s event, and a lady came up to the founder of Operation Freedom Bird, Pat Lynch, and said she hadn’t seen him in years. Pat and this lady had worked together before on various projects, but it had been a while since they had seen each other or kept in touch. They caught up with each other, and while that was great, that was only one person at one time.
We’re going to change that; we’re going to keep a lot more people informed about the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey. And we are going to do that by bringing as much relevant information and content to this blog and the other social media spaces as we can, and we hope that you’ll come along for the ride. Hit us up, help us out, and let us know what you think and how we’re doing in keeping you informed.
Speaking of meeting people, I suppose I should introduce myself; my name is Travis Burns, and like I said, I went on the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey in 2014. I’ll be updating this blog space and the other social media with news about Operation Freedom Bird and other relevant content. We’re also working on the Operation Freedom Bird Facebook page, and we hope to have regular updates on it soon.
Until then, please take a look around the Operation Freedom Bird website and see what the organization has been doing for Arizona veterans for the last 28 years; stay informed with us here at the blog, and follow us on Twitter: @Op_FreedomBirdAz.
(Why not follow us on Twitter? If not for all of the profound wisdom to be found in 140 characters, follow us for all the fun sure to happen while we’re figuring out Twitter!)
That’s it for now. Thanks for coming by; be careful, be safe, and remember:
98 days until wheels-up for Operation Freedom Bird 2015.