VA Claims Insider Contributes $25,000 to Help Troops Build Physical and Spiritual Fitness Through Outdoor Adventure

SIMV CEO Brian Reese and Soul Survivor Outdoor Founder Rick Wolf Announce Collaborative Programs Connecting the Military to Nature and Each Other

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, May 4, 2022 / — VA Claims Insider is donating $25,000 to Soul Survivor Outdoor to help active duty troops build physical and spiritual fitness through outdoor adventure

VA Claims Insider (VACI) CEO Brian Reese and Soul Survivor Outdoor Founder Rick Wolf today announced a collaboration on programs to connect service members with nature and each other.

VA Claims Insider continued its support of Soul Survivor Outdoor, a faith-based outdoor adventure business that exclusively serves the active duty military community, with a $25,000 donation.

SSO addresses spiritual fitness and resilience through outdoor adventures with active duty service members across the country.

Resonating deeply with SSO’s vision, Brian Reese, CEO of VA Claims Insider, became a donor and supporter in 2021. Both companies share a mission to support and empower those who serve our country.

Reese was introduced to SSO founder Rick Wolf through a veteran SIMV trainer who is also a member of the Soul Survivor team.

Wolf served nearly 30 years in the Marine Corps, including serving as the OCI of the Wounded Warrior Detachment in Twentynine Palms, California. This fueled his passion for helping those currently on active duty to be as physically, mentally and spiritually fit as possible.

He launched SSO in 2014 with this vision, partnering with military leaders to build more resilient military personnel.

Wolf notes, “We are thrilled that SIMV continues to be a strong supporter of our mission to serve active duty military members through outdoor adventure. The only way we operate is through donations from individuals and corporations such as SIMV. It is really through their generosity that we can have an impact on the lives of soldiers.

Wolf explained that this latest contribution “helped us get to the Fort Camel, Kentucky area and Coast Guard bases on the east coast. This funding has allowed us to expand into three more states this year than planned. »

The expansion allowed about 400 more service members to participate in SSO programs. SSO offers all of its spiritual and outdoor fitness programs free of charge to military service members.

The mental health of veterans is a passion for the two founders. By supporting SSO, “our goal is to reach them before they are in crisis”.

“We know from secular and faith-based studies that when people get out into nature it reduces stress and connects them on a soul level as well as a team level. It opens them up to the big world and helps them see that they were put here for a reason,” Wolf said.

Studies show that outdoor recreational activity experiences improve the psychological well-being of service members with PTSD. For example, the Sierra Club and researchers at the University of Utah published a study linking exposure to nature and improving military mental health. These findings align with similar research conducted with non-military populations.

“Mental health issues are epidemic among active duty military and veterans alike,” said Reese, a disabled Air Force veteran who deployed to Afghanistan as part of the operation. Enduring Freedom. “The pandemic has only exacerbated mental health issues and the need for innovative programs that heal our service members.”

Reese adds, “When we saw the action and passion behind Soul Survivors’ mission, we knew it was a great fit for collaboration and complementary to our own mission. We wanted to help them continue their good work.

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About Soul Survivor Outdoor
Soul Survivor Outdoor is a non-profit, faith-based center offering outdoor adventures to active duty military. More information about Soul Survivor Outdoor is available here.

About VA Claims Insider
VA Claims Insider is an education-based coaching/consulting company for veterans with disabilities who are investigating eligibility for increased VA disability benefits. SIMV’s mission is “veterans help veterans access education-based resources to achieve the VA disability rating and compensation they deserve.” The company has helped over 15,000 veterans win cases and increase their ratings.

(VA Claims Insider, LLC is not an accredited agent, VSO, attorney or entity recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is in no way affiliated with the VA. VA Claims Insider, LLC n does not assist veterans with the preparation, submission, and prosecution of VA disability claims for VA benefits. Veterans prepare and file their own claim or work with an Accredited Representative, many of whom offer free services.)

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