VETERANS HEALING FARM
When John Mahshie left the Air Force in 2008, several years after his father’s death in a motorcycle accident, he felt alone and isolated. He knew there were other veterans feeling the same way. Veterans were trying to transition from military life, some with PTSD, to civilian life and in the process of doing so were left struggling to find their own way.
In 2013, Mahshie transformed a 9-acre plot of land in Hendersonville, NC, into a lush farmland filled with organic fruit trees, medicinal herbs, flowers, and vegetables. In his own words, “I wanted to create a community for fellow veterans who needed a sense of belonging. I had this vision of growing a ‘healing farm’ because it’s just as important to feed the body as it is to feed the spirit.”
Over the past few years, Veterans Healing Farm has become the place for veterans to volunteer in the growing of food, herbs, flowers, and the making of honey, which is given at no charge to other veterans and their families. As one veteran volunteer stated, “Spending time in nature was the one thing that helped me ground myself.” Veterans learn they are valued and to trust others. In this way, they resolve feelings of inadequacy while learning new skills such as organic farming, beekeeping, animal husbandry, composting, and yoga. Mahshie sums up his project with with one statement, "We grow plants, but we are cultivating much more than that". In the November 2020 issue of Peoples Magazine, John Mahshi and Healing Farms was recognized as one of the "Heroes On The Home Front".
Veterans Foundation of North Carolina Inc. is honored to support the Veterans Healing Farm
VFW National Home For Children
The Home was founded in 1925 and consist of 42 single family homes. The homes provide help and hope for our nation's veteran's and active duty children and families. We support the North Carolina Home with an annual donation. These funds are used to maintain the North Carolina home.
GUITARS FOR VETS
Nearly one million of our Military' Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many are finding hope in an unlikely place behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music therapy helps soldiers cope. The Veterans are referred to the program by the VA and upon completing the program, they are rewarded with a new guitar and case. We are proud of our effort to assist the chapters of the G4V program that are located in North Carolina.
VFW VOICE OF DEMOCRACY
We sponsor 17 scholarship each year to students in North Carolina that compete in the VFW"s Voice of Democracy Essay/Video competition. Each year the students in grades 9-12 have an opportunity to write and record an essay with a patriotic theme. We are proud to provide 100% of the funding for this program in North Carolina.
The photo on the left is the North Carolina 1st place VOD winner for 2021. For his effort he received a scholarship for $5,000 and advancement to the National Completion, where he placed 4th. This earned him a scholarship for an additional $7,000.
"CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL WALKER FOR YOUR GREAT ACHIEVMENT"