The Bodhi Battalion (pronounced Bo-dee, meaning “awakening”) was established in Colorado to extend a helping hand to military veterans who struggle to reintegrate into civilian society, live with mental or physical health issues, recover from addictions to substances and/or find safe, consistent housing.
Imagine serving your country, immersing yourself in military culture, witnessing or partaking in combat and returning home, only to find yourself estranged to the civilian world years later. In need of assistance, you might look to some of the large-scale organizations helping veterans such as yourself. Unfortunately, the wait time for assistance could be weeks or even months. You may be confused as to where to find community support, housing or mental health resources. If you struggle with substance abuse, you may also find that you have been disqualified from veterans’ services and benefits. Homelessness, legal trouble and unemployment may lead you to feel abandoned, alone and hopeless.
For many of the thousands of veterans who return from war zones each month, this is a reality. And the truth is: a deficit in resources exists for our veterans – those who recently served as well as those who were discharged decades ago.
What makes us unique as a nonprofit is that we look at each veteran as a whole person in order to effectively address the reasons for his or her current challenges. By gaining a deeper understanding of why our veterans face issues, we can work with them step-by-step to foster and maintain the components of a meaningful life.
Helping Veterans Is Our Duty
With a long line of military service in her family, JoAnna McTevia, the founder of the Bodhi Battalion, has a profound appreciation for the sacrifices of our country’s veterans. Through her work as a professional therapist, she also learned the extent to which many of our veterans struggle to reintegrate into civilian life.
After extensive work with veterans and their families, JoAnna witnessed the prevalence of homelessness and displacement as a result of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), substance abuse and a lack of community support or resources. It became evident that the impact these issues have on the veteran, his or her family and the community they live in is beyond the scope of common understanding.
The Bodhi Battalion embodies the spirit of our veterans’ honorable service and seeks to offer multifaceted help to members of the military community who have fallen on difficult times. As a community, it is important to recognize that we should never abandon our veterans when they need us most. They did their duty of serving our country. Now, it’s our duty to ensure they receive the assistance they need to live full and fulfilling lives.