The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families collaborated with McCain Auditorium and the Joe Goode Performance Group for a February 27, 2013, performance. The Joe Goode Performance Group is a modern dance group based out of San Francisco, California. The group worked with local military members and their families to create a modern dance performance that was held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at K-State’s Nichols Theatre. The dance group met with local families to learn their stories of resilience, then combined them with dance, song and spoken word to develop the fourth performance of its “Human Kind” series, “Human Kind: What Does it Mean to Be Resilient?” More information, pictures, and media stories are available at:
On April 26th, 2013, the Institute staff attended the Change of Command Ceremony for the Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) at Fort Riley. This event included a fun-run, tour, and a lunch. We had the opportunity to tour many of the CAB helicopters. At the luncheon we said goodbye to Col. Mike Morgan and gave Col. Matthew Lewis a warm welcome. This event was a great way to involve Fort Riley’s community partners and we enjoyed getting to spend our morning welcoming COL Lewis to Fort Riley.
On April 21st, 2013, the Institute staff participated in the annual Month of the Military Child Festival at Fort Riley. At this event we gave train rides to over 400 children, gave out around 200 packets of information about the Institute, additional material to assist military families and Welcome Home Garden seed packets provided by Burpee Seed Company. It was a great day to spend outside and, as you can see from the pictures, was a fun time for kids and adults!
In June 2013, we were invited to Marineland, FL to partner for the very first Marineland Military Support Retreat. Briana Goff and Kali (Orrick) Summers attended from the Institute. Similar to the Flint Hills Retreat held by the Institute in October 2011, the retreat consisted of 16 Veteran and Caregiver pairs, which included not only Service Members/Veterans, but their primary caregiver as well, including spouses and parents. The participants included both Veterans (who had all served post 9/11 and were from Northeast Florida) and Active Service members from all branches of the military. The purpose of the retreat was to “promote community based non-profit integrative intensive retreats for service members and their primary support persons and to inspire long-term plans to create a wellness/healing restoration center for military personnel in the Town of Marineland.”