Actor Casey Affleck and Major Sam Kriegler:  Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck and Major Sam Kriegler, two impressive men in our community, were proudly waiting to present the winner for the Mental Health Vetty. Moments later, they announced Boulder Crest Retreat as the 4th Annual Veterans Award winner. This was a great integration moment between the veterans and entertainment community.

Actor Casey Affleck and Major Sam Kriegler: Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck and Major Sam Kriegler, two impressive men in our community, were proudly waiting to present the winner for the Mental Health Vetty. Moments later, they announced Boulder Crest Retreat as the 4th Annual Veterans Award winner. This was a great integration moment between the veterans and entertainment community.

General George Casey and Sheila Casey:  Representing Blue Star Families at the 4th Annual Veterans Awards Ceremony was two exceptional members of our community, General George Casey and Sheila Casey. Later that night, Ms. Sheila Casey walked the stage to accept the Leadership Award on behalf of BSF. In addition to accepting the Vetty, she joined actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo, to present the Women Veterans Award to the organization, Service Women’s Action Network.

General George Casey and Sheila Casey: Representing Blue Star Families at the 4th Annual Veterans Awards Ceremony was two exceptional members of our community, General George Casey and Sheila Casey. Later that night, Ms. Sheila Casey walked the stage to accept the Leadership Award on behalf of BSF. In addition to accepting the Vetty, she joined actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo, to present the Women Veterans Award to the organization, Service Women’s Action Network.

WHAT WE DO: 

With a relentless focus on the future, we strive to have our veterans and other powerful communities work together to promote both what is morally right and socially impactful. We build sustainable bridges of trust, unity and respect between our service members and other influential communities through advocacy, community relations and media outreach. Our newsworthy events and projects open the doors of shared opportunities and a shared sense of community.

WHAT WE BELIEVE: 

We at AUSV— we believe communities can bring real opportunities for everyone involved through collaboration. We believe with no doubt that we can create a new narrative for our veterans and all Americans by creativity and collaboration, and of course by cooperation.  We believe that community unity is always a tribute to the strength and preference of a people for inclusion and partnership over division and alienation. There are more than 21 million United States veterans. We believe in the power of our

WHY WE DO IT:

 While massive numbers of service members return home with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, they are not all seeking help due to the stigma about seeking mental health care. Separation from service and the need to adapt to new societal norms lead returning service members to experience great difficulties in their newly founded lives. Veterans find meaning in community, and their sense of identity is often rediscovered in their sharing of memories and stories with their fellow service members. They find comfort in their sense of "selves" and in knowing that they too have a place in their new society.