New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Commemorated Veterans' Day, 2019November 18, 2019
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery was proud to commemorate Veterans’ Day during a special event at Mount Trexler Manor on November 11th, 2019. The entire organization was invited to participate and to celebrate the lives of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Several residents and staff had the opportunity to learn more about the purpose of the day and offer direct thanks and support to our resident and staff Veterans.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem performed by Emily Horner, participants listened to a military prayer led by Kevin Miller, BS, New Vitae Wellness and Recovery's Fleet and Facility Manager for Pathways, the Recovery Center, and Philadelphia. Additionally, keynote speaker Yvonne Caputo, MS, MA, spoke about her experiences with her father who served as a B-24 navigator during World War II. She identified the physical, social, and emotional challenges that Veterans may face as a result of returning to civilian life following service. The event also included a performance of "Taps," a bugle melody that dates back to the American Civil War, by New Vitae's Director of the Pathways Apartment Program, Marc Philip, MS, MA.
During the event, each Veteran resident and staff member was recognized for his/her service, identifying the military branch where each had served. Veterans received gifts that included gift cards and other small treats as a small thank you for their dedication to our country. Overall, the day was a meaningful way to support Veterans and learn more about the challenges that can be associated with service.
Thank you to all of our residents and staff who have served in the armed forces. Additionally, thank you to all Veterans in our larger community!
"There is team work and a collective mindset to assist individuals where they are at in their recoveries."- Barry B. (therapist, CAC, Veteran)