By Michael Van Deren, FOCUS Graduate, Mentor As FOCUS graduates, we all remember getting on the buses Saturday morning on that last day of FOCUS fired up about life and excited to get home to work on our relationships, our anger and anxiety issues, get back in shape, or square our lives away. We leave […]
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Every FOCUS session, you will see the blue uniforms of the St. Charles County Ambulance District. The paramedics of SCCAD volunteer their time to ensure the care of all those that attend FOCUS. They provide a sense of comfort knowing they are on site and can provide immediate assistance when needed. It doesn’t stop there, […]
SSgt Francisco Escobar is a FOCUS Marine from our September 2012 FOCUS session. He was active duty in the USMC from 1999 through 2008, and he epitomized the true character of all Marines by his honor, courage, and commitment. During his active duty, he was deployed twice to Iraq serving in the War on Terror. […]
The Wounded Warrior Regiment will once again hold the Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton, California from 1-12 March. This year the WWR will host 9 different international countries and their Commandant’s to view and participate in the games. It was the Marine Corps Trials that served as the reference point for Prince Harry of […]
Focus Marines Foundation received an invitation from the new Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph Dunford, to attend the New Year’s Day Reception and Serenade Party at his home in Washington D.C. The historic residence of the Marine Corps commandant on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row is hallowed ground for the nation’s Marines. FMF board […]
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that […]
VIDEO: FOCUS Marine Shannon Book performs with first nationally recognized wounded warrior band on Dana Loesch show.
On November 10th, 1775 in an obscure watering hole in Philadelphia called Tun Tavern, the legacy of the U.S. Marine Corps was born. At that time Captain Samuel Nicholas was recruiting sea-going soldiers for General George Washington’s revolutionary forces. These sea-going soldiers were assumed to be temporary Continental Marines. However in 1898 congress passed the […]
“Man’s best friend.” These words ring truer than ever when describing the relationship between a veteran and their service dog. The right service dog, one custom-selected and trained for each individual’s needs, can give our veterans, specifically those living with Post-Traumatic Stress, a chance to truly come home. Everyday things most people take for granted, […]
Whether the discussion is “Victim/Victor” by John O’Leary, or “Victim/Responsible” by Dan Dorr, the message is a critical part of our FOCUS sessions to encourage our participants to move on with their lives regardless of events. Being the victim of circumstances creates Resentment, Resistance, and Revenge (the 3R’s) which leads one into a vicious cycle […]