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Read the article on Teresa and the Foundation in the Nov 15 2007 issue of the American Airlines onboard Magazine, American Way...
AS SEEN IN THE AMERICAN WAY MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN AIRLINES:
AA INSIDER NOVEMBER 15, 2007 AA Flight Attendant Teresa Goforth
AA Flight Attendant Teresa Goforth believes patriotism and duty are demonstrated by actions. She learned that lesson by family example: Her father was a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II, her brother was in the Navy during the Vietnam War, her husband was a Marine in the Vietnam War, and her cousin was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and ultimately sacrificed his life in the line of duty.
In their honor, Teresa started The Phoenix Project, a nonprofit that provides retreats to help troops and their families reintegrate into daily life after active duty. For many soldiers, the stress and trauma of war overshadow their ability to resume social and family roles, and Goforth is committed to providing them a fighting chance to reassimilate successfully.
Goforth developed The Phoenix Project after volunteering at Landstuhl Medical Center —near Ramstein Air Force Base, a major U.S. and NATO military hub in Germany -- where wounded U.S. soldiers are brought in from Kuwait and Afghanistan before being airlifted to the U.S. Her experiences there convinced her that troops would need tremendous support and services when they arrived back home. Says Goforth, “I know what the stress of war can do to families.”
Goforth, along with several other war veterans, developed a pilot program in 2006, and since then she has coordinated 17 retreats serving 225 military couples. “Troops often lose hope that they’ll ever be the same. The retreats give them hope,” says Goforth. “We provide certified counselors and therapists who provide 57 hours of group and individual counseling to help them deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, combat stress, and separation of deployment issues.”
Some of the soldiers who attend the retreats have won Purple Hearts or other
Medals of honor, and some have been prisoners of war. Many have seen multiple deployments, and 75% are redeployed for additional duty.
Goforth’s mission is to provide every soldier skills necessary to deal with the demands of serving in a war. “Every soldier needs time to heal and help dealing with the traumas of war,” she says. Her goal is to teach others to coordinate the retreats, which are paid for with fundraisers and private donations made through www.uswoundedsoldiers.com
For more details go to www.phoenixprojectretreat.org , where you can learn more about the retreats and how to contact Goforth.