Compass producer Laura Kay Prosser traveled to Sauk Centre to learn about the Eagle's Healing Nest from founder and director Melony Butler. Butler and her staff serve vets from all over the country from several different wars and operate out of buildings that were once part of the Sauk Centre Home School for Girls established in 1907. “The Nest provides the home and finds different providers (mostly volunteers) that provide services for our veterans to heal,” said Butler. “Everything from the clinical model, to the peer to peer, to Alcoholics Anonymous to spiritual help, whatever they need, and if we don't have it, we find it.”
Back in the Pioneer studios, general manager Les Heen interviews Swift County Veterans Service Officer Dave Barrett and Deb Lucas, Associate Director St. Cloud Veterans Administration about the many services available to veterans in rural Minnesota.
For the Compass Literature Corner, Prosser interviews author Jack Stephens of Ogilvie, Minn about his chapbook: "I Will Say It For You: Poetry for Warriors.” A Vietnam vet, Stephens writes about many issues that veterans face, including post traumatic stress, substance abuse and the inability to settle back into civilian life.
For more information visit:
The Eagle’s Healing Nest website
Swift County Veterans Service Office Website
St. Cloud VA web site
Jack Stephen’s Gofundme site to buy art materials for homeless vets
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