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‘I knew there was something wrong,’ grateful grad of veterans court says

When Jordan Hull got out of the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012, the former farm boy from Wisconsin found the transition to civilian life was more challenging than he expected.

“Coming home, it was difficult for me to adjust,’’ Hull said. “I didn’t realize I really had a problem because most of the time, I was hanging around other veterans and it’s just the norm.’’

 
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Jenison’s Georgetown Bible Church welcomes VetGR

VetGR began with the vision of Army veteran Jesse Johnson-Brower, of Grand Rapids, about 10 years ago and was established as a nonprofit organization in March 2018. It offers specialized one-on-one counseling, therapy, and coaching for veterans, first responders and police, and their families, dealing with the many issues related to high-stress service careers.

“Many agencies promote and aid veteran-centered programming,” Hofstra said, “but the spouse and family remain in the shadows and voiceless. Jesse and Tara Johnson-Brower realized that the spouse and family are equally important to the returning veteran’s success.”

 
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SHE WILL STAY

VetGR is a pioneer in the non-profit space providing specialized counseling, therapy, and coaching for veteran’s families dealing with the many issues related to transitioning back into civilian life.

Jesse and Tara Johnson-Brower created this legacy organization for veterans and veterans families because they saw a need for advocacy. Many agencies promote and aid veteran centered programing, but the spouse and family remain in the shadows and voiceless. Jesse and Tara Johnson-Brower realized that the spouse and family are equally important to the veteran's success. 

Why did veteran Jesse Johnson-Brower survive his challenging eight-year transition back into civilian life? Because his wife Tara STAYED! She Will Stay is a first in the veteran community offering a safe community of support for wives of combat veterans. Tara Johnson-Brower created this groundbreaking program which encourages wives to STAY as their husbands focus on healing. She Will Stay provides a safe environment for wives of veterans to discuss difficult issues, support and empower one another. She Will Stay is a commitment not to walk out when things get hard, but to fight along side their spouse and win together.

Jesse and Tara stopped by West Michigan Live to talk about their organization and how you can get involved

 
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Restoring the Mind and Bodies of Veterans with VetGR

A West Michigan organization is helping veterans get back on their feet with help from others who have served. 

Jesse Johnson-Brower, an Army veteran who once struggled himself, created VetGR, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping struggling veterans get back on their feet. 

VetGR is here to add value, offer recovery, and grow significance for our veterans. The organization is leading the way in veteran assistance by offering top programs, led by top professionals, while showing the veterans the upmost respect and gratitude. 

VetGR guests take part in a holistic one year program of growth and reconstruction. Guests will take part in 24 PTSGR sessions with Mental Health Director Dr. David Beach D.M in where they are guided through their shattered assumptive world into their new life of significance.

More information can be found at VetGr.org

Jesse Johnson-Brower and Dr. David Beach stopped by West Michigan Live to talk about the great things VetGr is doing for local veterans and how you can get involved with the organization

 
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“Get your hopes up:” Veteran brothers getting back on their feet with VetGR program / Fox17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan organization is helping veterans get back on their feet with help from others who have served. It’s already showing progress for two brothers from Hudsonville who are going through the program together. Marine Corps veterans Ryan and Derek Wieringa have seen the worst of the worst. They thought things would get better when they came home, but as is the case for many veterans, they didn’t. But now they say for the first time […]