ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle With PTSD

A gripping, vivid and real account of the invisible trauma war leaves behind. Regardless of their combat tours in different wars, many U.S. veterans living with PTSD share the same common enemy. ACRONYM takes a different approach to examining this important topic, with veterans sharing their most personal stories of both horror and triumph. The documentary does not place blame, nor does it suggest a singular approach to “solving” the issue. PTSD is a very personal and individual problem. The film presents both traditional methods and promising non-traditional techniques to PTSD and stress management. After documenting the triumphs, struggles, heartbreak and sacrifice of our veterans and their families, ACRONYM looks ahead with hope.

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Archery World USA

Archery World USA started January 2011 with a passion for archery and helping others succeed. We would haul a small 16ft. trailer around to Hunting shows and 3D shoots helping archers at events by repairing bows and giving them support. We opened a small repair shop in a garage we called home for 6 years in the Colerain, OH area.  We grew out of the little shop, took a leap of faith and opened a full Retail and Repair shop with a 30 yard indoor range in October 2017.  We now service the Tri-State with the same Passion as when we started. With our faith in God and Followers of Jesus Christ, we are blessed and give thanks everyday.

Stop in and see us and ask about Veteran discounts.
40 Arndt Ct. Fairfield Ohio 45014.

Genesis 27:3  Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

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Health Benefits of Fishing

Fishing is absolutely an amazing sport for everyone! However, it does offer unique benefits to veterans. Veterans occupy a niche culture in the United States and have unique needs. Here are the five biggest reasons for veterans to take up fishing.

    1. Helps Relieve effects of Mental Illness
      Reportedly 20% of veterans suffer from PTSD with an additional 14% suffering from depression. These are the reported numbers, with military counselors believing the number to be much higher. That’s the bad news.Here’s the good news. According to a 2009 study by the University of Maryland, fishing can lower PTSD symptoms as much as 43 percent. The study was conducted with combat veterans and some reported that the positive effects remained for upwards of a month after the fishing trip. The National Health Service in the U.K. has reported tremendous improvements in mental health by using fishing as treatment for patients suffering from depression to severe psychological disorders.
    2. Pt – Good For You, Good For Me
      Almost 80% of veterans are obese. There is obviously a wide variety of reasons why, but undoubtedly most are tied to poor diet and lack of exercise. Believe it or not fishing can be an excellent means to work out. Fishing that involves kayaking and wading are excellent forms of cardio. Also casting a line over and over is going to work the upper body. Let’s not forget the exercise needed to fight a fish.Veterans with physical injuries are often hard pressed to find PT they can commit too without harming themselves. Fishing is a low impact form of exercise that’s a full body workout. It’s a workout that sneaks up on you at the end of the day too.
    3. Reconnect with Other Veterans
      There are almost a dozen charitable organizations that aim to take veterans fishing. These organizations understand the benefits of fishing for veterans. These fishing organizations allow you to reconnect with other veterans. Let’s face it, veterans are a unique breed. Being able to connect with other veterans on a fishing trip is refreshing for most vets who may feel a bit isolated from the civilian world.
    4. You Need Good Food for Good PT
      Catching fish is only half the experience. The other half is eating them! Fish is delicious, there’s a reason seafood is so darn expensive. Fresh fish is like nothing else in the world. Not only is it satisfying to eat, but it’s good for you. Fish is full of good fats, lean protein, and vitamin D. It’s also low in calories, and delicious.
    5. Keep your Ticker Ticking
      Cardiovascular health is one of the biggest concerns for veterans. In fact, veterans are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease than civilians. Fishing is an amazing means to help keep your ticker ticking. Fishing has the ability to lower your cortisol level significantly, which is tied to stress in the body. Stress is hell on the heart. Those Omega 3 fatty acids in fish are also good for the heart! Let’s forget that the workout fishing offers is another means to keep that heart pumping.

If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of fishing, check out Outdoor Empire’s comprehensive review of the subject. There, you’ll not only learn about the various ways a day on the water can help you feel better, but you’ll also find tips for maximizing the health benefits fishing provides.

Author: Travis Pike from Outdoor Empire.

Indian Lake Outfitters

We’re outdoor folks who enjoy archery and firearms and the occasional fishing. We have a passion for small town business to shop and support local.  Indian Lake Outfitters began in 2008 as a .com business with a huge vision to grow. Dreams of growth personally with the family and creating financial support; publicly with multiple locations and several employees; professionally as a community leader and supporter. Big hopes and dreams from a crazy, headstrong gal with shallow pockets and the belief she was a local Wonder Woman, all seriously based on a whim to save a personal relationship that was hanging by a thread.

From a young age, she always said she wanted to own a business and never cared what she sold. One of her first ideas was a sock shop, that was quickly shot down at the age of 16 when her current employer shared the reality of numbers needed to create a healthy bottom line. Years later, she eventually fell into the outdoor industry through the relationship she was hoping to save.

Like most individuals, her deeper journey has highs and lows. Some ending in defeat, many a lesson learned the hard way, and a few successes, that know matter how bad things seemed, she’d never trade for the world.

You see, visions and dreams change and growth comes in many different packages. What remains the same for this Wonder Woman is the drive to stay alive, passion for whatever she is working on, and the urge to surround herself with people who want to be a part of her infectious smile and contagious attitude for excitement.

What started in 2008 finally blossomed into a family owned business with an actual storefront location in Downtown Lakeview, a short block away from Beautiful Indian Lake. Indian Lake Outfitters is now a complete outdoor retailer enthusiast duo of Brenda Moots and Brian Holder. Allow their passion to meet yours with hunting, fishing, camping, archery and firearms.

#TeamILO is Indian Lake Outfitters!

Stop in to see us and ask about Veteran discounts.
115 E Lake Street, Lakeview, Ohio 43331
Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10am-6pm all year long
tel: 937-842-1934

You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

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Military Helper

Military Helper provides a comprehensive resource of information about living the military life. Check with us to find local support, top tips on military life and a friendly community of people who understand what life is like for you. Through our blog, we will provide the information you need and want in a timely fashion.                                                            Learn More

Veteran Innovative Products

VIP was founded by Veteran Matthew Futtere and Chris Albrecht and while the company is fairly new, the establishment in the industry via Arrowdynamic Solutions is far from such. Previously, Arrowdynamic Solutions was a leader and home to the most lethal engineering available in the outdoor market.

As a long-time veteran of the U.S. Navy and following his more recent return from Afghanistan, Futtere has refocused his efforts from a high-tech consulting company and such overseas military support efforts. He has strived to live his life to the fullest by simply doing what he enjoys the most; spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing which has motivated him to create ground-breaking, outdoor products.

VIP offers a Hero discount to Military/Veteran/EMS/Firefighter/Law Enforcement.  Enter the coupon code “AVO2017” at checkout.

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The Recovery Village

The Recovery Village is an organization with locations across the country, dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery.

Many men and women who have bravely served our country are sadly left with painful memories they wish they didn’t have. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with these thoughts, especially PTSD. Luckily, there are resources available to help.


Assisted Living

Assisted Living is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Our organization creates and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. We have been featured on the Parkinson’s Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services – Health Finder, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.


Veteran Sleep Issues

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Military and Veteran Mattress Discounts

Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on CNN, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other sites across the web.

Are you a Non-profit that helps veterans? Are you a veteran-owned business or business that offers veteran discounts on products? Please fill out the contact form below to be considered for addition to our resources page. Be sure to leave a Company and contact name, email and phone number. Thank you for what you do for our veterans!