The Algoma Veterans Association (AVA) is a Not-For-Profit organization which was founded for soldiers and veterans of the Algoma region to help them gain skills that can be transferred to the civilian workforce as well as help develop confidence, independance, and social skills, which will allow them to support their communities. The AVA will help veterans find meaning and purpose as well as helping to minimize the effects of PTSD.

The board of directors is comprised primarily of veterans. Every member except two, a veteran’s spouse, and Greg Lefave, are veterans. This will ensure that all funds raised go directly towards the areas veterans need the most. The board is all volunteer based, again, ensuring all donations go towards helping those in need. Gregs sole purpose on the board is to provide political/administrative support as well as prospecting for donations from the local business community (which he is a part of).

The end goal is to reduce the everyday stresses of dealing with PTSD as well as completely eliminating the instances of suicide.

Our first main project will be called “The Superior Ridge Retreat” (SRR). SRR will help participants become self sustaining, allowing them to find meaning in civilian life. Once funding is secured it will be used towards buying land, building a cottage/resort, bunkies, & facilities. The retreat will be created in dedication to the memories of our dear friends, brothers & sisters, who have taken their own lives as a result of suffering from PTSD without receiving adequate support.

The AVA will be completely reliant on government funding. We will have a gofundme account to promote local donations and we will look for community businesses to partner with along the way. Upon completion of our charity application, we will be applying for funding via the Veterans & Family Well Being fund.

“PTSD is not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person.”

Please forward inquiries to ssmveterans@gmail.com

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