Gary Kennedy of the H.E.A.R.T foundation has made it his mission to help other veterans with their PTSD and other war-related illnesses men and women who serve bring back home with them. They are creating a “Green Zone” for veterans, which will act as a safe place to talk to other veterans about what they went through and continue to go through.
There’s a lot of Vietnam veterans going to their death beds and not talking about it… There’s a lot of Iraq and Afghanistan going to their death beds through the PTSD they are experiencing.Gary Kennedy, H.E.A.R.T. founder
The goal is to branch the gap between veterans from the Vietnam war and veterans form the wars in the Middle East.
The Iraq and the Afghanistan, we want to know what their stories are like. The Vietnam guys don’t want to talk about ii t, don’t want to share it but they will share with us that are military… We have that connection through the hat or the shirt we wear, we know that we can talk to you listen to you and that’s what we want to do – is listen to what you have to tell us.Gary Kennedy, H.E.A.R.T. founder
Kennedy says he has seen proof these kinds of conversations can help with ailing veterans. Being a veteran himself, he knows best how to bond with his brothers and sisters in arms.
We want to be able to reach out with them to talk. Because we found out that through talking it reduces their issues with PTSD, anxiety… we want them to be able to talk about it.Gary Kennedy, H.E.A.R.T. founder
The next Green Zone will be in Crane on Tuesday, March 10th. If you would like to attend, or if you know someone who would like to attend, you may contact Gary Kennedy at (432) 230-9078
or find the H.E.A.R.T Foundation on Facebook.