WHO WE ARE
The Barbara Giordano Foundation, Inc.’s vision is to create a holistic wellness model to result in the emotional, economic and physical empowerment of women who served.
The Barbara Giordano Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors. In addition to our Board of Directors, we have military advisers from all branches of service.
WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT WOMEN VETERANS
There are more than 3 million women veterans and yet most people say that they have never met a woman who has served
Women have participated in every conflict since the American Revolution–often without recognition for their service
Women veterans often experience PTSD or sexual trauma associated with their time in the military
More women veterans commit suicide than their male counterpart
WHAT WE DO
RETREAT FOR WOMEN VETERANS
Many women veterans return home to the same stressors as their male counterparts. However, they have additional issues such as children who might be angry because their “mom” left them, a nation that still does not fully understand or recognize their contributions and sacrifices as well as economic disparity.
The Retreat for Women Veterans will provide a community atmosphere, designed to address these issues and others twice a year. These retreats will be facilitated by highly respected wellness practitioners who will provide practical tools for personal empowerment.
This healing modality is recognized for its successful use with people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and trust issues. Although very costly, the Foundation is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to women who have served our nation. As one of the woman veterans said, “My horse taught me to problem solve, set boundaries and stay focused on the moment. It has been life-changing for me.”
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES (TAPPING)
Many types of emotional support require in-person contact—that is not the case with EFT. Once learned, these techniques can be used by anyone anywhere and at any time. This well-documented modality is used to control stress, negative emotions, and thoughts—common issues among women veterans. The response to EFT was so positive that the Foundation underwrote the cost of professional training for one of our veterans who will now make a career out of helping others to live healthy and happy lives.
In partnership with the Town of Greenburgh, New York and The Greenburgh Public Library, the Foundation has proposed the design and construction of a pocket size garden that will publicly honor the contributions of the over 2 million women who have sacrificed to keep our nation safe. It will be a place that all community members can enjoy while finding peace while reading, meditating, or just sitting among the beautiful plants.
The Foundation’s hope is that this Peace Garden will be used to encourage other communities throughout the United States to use some of their public space to honor their women veterans.