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The Triumph Program
“The Triumph Program is dedicated to the belief that ‘The more purpose you find in tragedy, the less painful it becomes.’ As it lives out this motto, the program facilitates veterans with a space to form relationships and view past experiences from a new perspective.“
The Triumph Program and Healing of our Forgotten Heroes
Here in prison, I am surrounded by men who are broken and like myself have been cast away because of their sins and the needs to be met are endless. I thank God after all I have been through over the past decade. My love for my country and the desire to help her prosper has not waned, but, like so many of you all, it still burns bright. While I may never blow another door, clear another corner, or fire another round in defense of my country, my life does not have to be in vain. I can continue to serve my country from inside these walls, pouring into her incarcerated fathers and sons and uncles and brothers, seeking to build them up to be assets to their communities when they are released.”
–Jeff David Yager,Forgotten Veteran featured in
The Triumph Book: HEROES, Eastham Prison Unit Field Minister
and co-Founder of H.O.N.O.R. Mentoring.
To see veterans recognized and supported while in prison and then succeed in life upon release as high functioning members of society with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as they move forward with purpose and meaning.
To cultivate a pluralistic community within prison where veterans can become servant-leaders, mentoring inmates from differing faiths, ethnicities and creeds to pool their knowledge and use their individual skills for the building up of the whole. This environment will encourage a sense of community, reflect the reality of positive change and serve as a bridge for restoring inmates back to their families and society.
Our Forgotten Heroes
8% of all prisoners in the U.S. are veterans and more than half are there due to mental health issues such as PTSD or subtance abuse.
Jeff D. Yager -Forgotten Veteran
Listen to the Final Chapter of The Triumph Book: HEROES
The Triumph Book: HEROES
The Triumph Book: HEROES is a fascinating collection of epic first-person stories from veteran spanning the decades of war, who share how they are winning the worst battles veterans face at home. After initially reading HEROES, program participants will be prepared to work through the narrative therapy process of recording and sharing their own Triumph Stories using a workbook called The Triumph Program.
The workbook helps veterans evolve as they process the tragedies and losses they have suffered and gradually look forward, finding purpose in life, setting goals, and exploring who they can serve with the abilities they have gained as a result of their military-experiences.
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