New Nonprofit Takes Unique Holistic Approach To Helping Wounded Warriors, Families

Military Musters Founders Have First-Hand Knowledge of Gaps in Services, Want to Provide Wellness Solutions

Apr 17, 2013, 11:02 ET from Military Musters

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Marine Don Fried knows the gap that exists between the needs of wounded Armed Forces personnel, and the services available to them. Often lost in that gap is any chance of participating in nontraditional medicine.

That's one of the reasons Fried launched Military Musters, a new tax-exempt 501(C)3 nonprofit organization based in San Diego County designed to assist in the day-to-day journey towards recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

"Traditional medicine is wonderful, but often, given today's complex battle with physical and psychological injuries, traditional medicine can't do everything," said Fried, Military Musters executive director. "Holistic-alternative treatments such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, EMDR and others, can make a difference. However, funding for veterans is stretched as it is, so money becomes a roadblock to wellness."

Fried said the idea for Military Musters grew out of conversations among his sister, Stacy Bayton, also a Marine Corps veteran and executive director of MSCCN, which helps spouses and veterans find employment, and their father, Don Fried, Sr., a three-war veteran (Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the Iraq war). They all knew people who were falling through the gap and wanted to help.

Influential in their thinking were Co-Founders Annette Smith and Tara Yarte, both military spouses who now act as Military Musters Program Directors. Smith's husband suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he received during service with the 173rd U.S. Army Airborne Brigade. Yarte, a mental health professional, is married to an active duty Sergeant in the Marines.

"Their passion for the military and veteran communities is evident in their desire to create change," said Fried. "That's our motivation for Military Musters."

This week, the nonprofit kicks off free services to active duty and local veterans and their families in San Diego. This pilot program provides a range of health and wellness services to reduce stress and anxiety, while promoting a physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

This summer, Military Musters plans to launch wellness clinics where participants can access and learn the benefits to life coaching and alternative treatments such as, acupuncture, reiki, hypnotherapy, ayurvedic medicine, meditation, yoga, EMDR, watsu and more.

SOURCE Military Musters