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The Heroic Work of Second Lady Karen Pence for America's Heroes

The Heroic Work of Second Lady Karen Pence for America's Heroes
Karen Pence with Stacie, Carrie, and Jim.

By    |   Monday, 28 October 2019 05:51 PM

The music swelled. We clutched our microphones and sang our hearts out, “There ain’t no doubt, I love this land. God bless the USA!”

Near the platform, we saw Second Lady Karen Pence standing and singing with her hand on her heart and our friend, Governor Kim Reynolds (IA), whose hand was raised high. The crowd stood up and sang with us as they honored our nation’s heroes and asked God to bless our land.

For us, this was a moment in which we sensed God’s presence as people made the song an anthem of prayer and honor of veterans.

This described the recent event which will forever linger in our hearts. This described our first visit with Second Lady Karen Pence, a truly remarkable lady and leader too often overlooked by the controversy-craving media. As a military mom who is working hard to reach out and support our nation's heroes and their families, Second Lady Pence has been answering the emergency call of veterans with invisible injuries.

The Silent Emergency of Veterans with Invisible Injuries

A widespread emergency exists for our nation’s heroes. According to a study of the cause of death in veterans who had been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the suicide risk for veterans is up to 61% higher than the general population.

More specifically, the statistics continue to point to a desperate need for better care for suicidal veterans. For example, Kang et. al (2015) further noted that, of the 1,650 deaths of these veterans, 351 were due to suicide. This equated to 21.2% of the veterans died due to suicide. This is beyond tragic. Today, countless veterans courageously live with depression, post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, and/or general discouragement.

Mrs. Pence's work, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART, gives outstanding support to veterans and military families through the provision of art therapy.

Mrs. Pence spoke from her heart: "[Anyone with] cancer, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, eating disorders, autism, end of life issues, abuse, and much more...can benefit from art therapy."

Indeed, art therapy has been empirically studied and discovered to improve the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of participants.

Participation in art therapy alters the brain itself in a beautiful way. In fact, imaging done by a Department of Defense organization, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), has displayed how art therapy changes the electrical and other critical signals of the brain, thus creating a map of brain function. Thus, imaging has been used to prove the positive effects of art therapy.

Therefore, today we urge all to join Mrs. Pence in promoting art therapy. Get involved. (Visit American Art Therapy Association to learn more.) Support the work. And may we all pray, sing, and live out the song, “God bless the USA.”

Extra Resources for Veterans with Invisible Wounds

Extra resources for military families and veterans with invisible wounds include the VeteransCrisisLine.net and MilitaryCrisisLine.net, both of which offer confidential support.

Another option includes calling 1-800-273-8255 for immediate, confidential help. (For example, the Military Crisis Line, text-messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all veterans — including those not yet registered with VA or enrolled in VA healthcare.) Other resources include Military OneSource, the National Center for PTSD, the Real Warriors Campaign, and the Puppy Jake Foundation.

Note: If you feel suicidal, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately.

Whether singing for U.S. presidents from a young age or launching national outreach events for veterans, Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth Stoelting have desired to share God’s love and hope in order to unite the USA in a positive way. They have appeared repeatedly on major media, founded Unite the USA, written and been featured in books, and recorded albums in order to share God’s love, hope, and help for veterans and citizens. Whether hosting a weekly radio program or launching an outreach for veterans and their families, Stacie and Carrie are Millennials on a mission. Currently, they are in doctoral programs and feel excited to share a thoroughly Christian, patriotic, and positive message with America. Carrie and Stacie, along with Stacie's husband, Jim, live in the beautiful state of Iowa. Sign up for their monthly newsletter at UnitetheUSA.org and a weekly devotional at PrayingPals.org. To read more of their reports — Click Here Now.

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