Dryhootch… (veteran support)

Their Mission:

“to help the veteran and their family who survived the war to survive the peace”

Their website: http://dryhootch.org/

Dryhootch is a full service coffee-house that provides our veterans and their families with a stable, substance-free environment and programs to gather, grown and enhance their post-service life experience. It was started in 2008 by a group of Vietnam veterans who wanted to help the Iraq/Afghanistan generation of vets with reintegration issues, in addition to helping vets from all eras.  Dryhootch Madison receives no government funding to help our veterans and their families. They rely on donations and volunteers. If you are interested in being a Peer Mentor, can staff a table at an event, be a barista in our coffee-house for a morning or evening, or  provide volunteer support in another way please contact our volunteer coordinators, Diane and Tracy, at volunteers@dryhootch.org.

This is truly a great cause.  For those of you who are in Wisconsin with me, it is a great LOCAL cause.  A way to help your Fathers, Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Sons, Friends and Strangers who served protecting us and could use a little “atta boy” and support now and again.

Here is a local article with some more information about Dryhootch: http://www.nbc15.com/news/headlines/dryhootch_121282599.html

In a day filled with remembrance and gratitude, maybe you could also donate, volunteer or at least spread the word. 

“Hootch”, by the way, is what Vietnam vets called a home or hut. Dryhootch is centered around coffee instead of alcohol, like some other veterans’ gathering places, because drinking can make things worse for those who have post traumatic stress disorder.


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