GILFORD — The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), a local veterans group formed to help wounded warriors and first responders with life skills and recreational activities, is preparing for the next session of its Camp Resilience program. It will host 14-16 veterans from VA Vet Centers throughout New England and the White River Junction VA Medical Center on October 20-23.
Jake Ross, the Vice President and Lead Facilitator of the Vermont Vet-to-Vet program, has agreed to help the PRLI run this Camp Resilience session. He recently traveled to the Lakes Region to meet with the PRLI Board of Directors and discuss the upcoming session, which will run from October 20th through October 23rd.
The life skills program will include financial management and "Wellness Through Lifestyle Changes" with a focus on sleep issues, diet and exercise. The sports activities will include the Aerial Treetops Adventure course at Gunstock Mountain, mountain biking or hiking and fishing/boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. The participants will stay at the Gunstock Inn in Gilford which has an indoor pool and workout facilities to support the exercise life skills program.
The PRLI Board of Directors is currently assessing financial costs of the upcoming visit and is actively soliciting donations from individuals, businesses, civic clubs and community groups interested in helping veterans. "We estimate this visit, even with free and deeply discounted goods and services from generous merchants and vendors, will cost approximately $5,000" said PRLI Treasurer Chris Ray. "We have about half that amount in hand so we need to fund raise the remaining half" Ray added. Anyone wishing to assist this veterans' outreach program may send a tax deductible donation to the PRLI account, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Donations may also be made via credit card or PayPal on the PRLI's website www.prli.us.
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