Thank you for your support of At Ease USA (AEU) throughout 2018.  AEU continues to grow and assist those who so bravely serve our country.

Lutz completed a financial audit of the 2017 books.  We are pleased to announce that overall our financial practices remain in order and we continue to be good stewards of your financial contributions.  That audit may be found on GuideStar or email Beth Kramer, Executive Director of AEU, at [email protected].AEU continues to fund behavioral health services in Bellevue, Lincoln, North Platte and Grand Island in partnership with Lutheran Family Services.  In addition to one-on-one therapy, At Ease includes peer-to-peer group therapy and support sessions both for veterans and their family members.  AEU also continues to partner with the Women’s Center for Advancement’s Healing Warriors program. The program includes crisis intervention, individualized case management, pro bono legal services, therapy, peer support groups, and self-sufficiency services for women who are connected to the military and are suffering from PTSD.

AEU has seen a need to reach beyond the brick and mortar clinics to veterans and families located in remote areas of Nebraska. Toward that end, AEU is preparing to launch a new initiative, the Preferred Provider Network.  We realize not everyone will travel to one of the three clinics, but by training therapists in other population centers, we believe we will extend our reach to build a network of highly trained therapists. AEU will also launch a tele-therapy program in conjunction with this initiative as well as hire a licensed therapist.  We have received a very generous pledge in the amount of $300,000 with the request to match this gift.  We are about halfway to our goal! 

We have entered year two of the second round of clinical trials in conjunction with Creighton University.  We are testing the web-based version of attention training to demonstrate its effectiveness in a web-based delivery format and extend its scope to include treatment resistant veterans, women, and children 9-14 years old with trauma related to community violence. A new paper written by Dr. Amy Badura-Brack related to the study has been published at Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging and another soon to be published at Biological Psychology.  Though this is a three-year project, we are excited by our research and the possible treatments that could be offered in the future for those suffering with PTSD.

Thanks to our outstanding volunteer, Sarah Morris, AEU has substantially increased its social media efforts.  We now have a platform to promote our programs, share our news on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; and communicate more effectively with our supporters.  We are excited to have entered the 21stcentury!

AEU joined the Non-Profit Association of the Midlands in 2018.  NAM has proven to be a wonderful resource for the organization not only through the various networking opportunities, but as we continue to grow and solidify our overall operations.  We look forward to a long partnership with this exceptional organization.

Ken Stinson to be Featured at the Tenth Annual
At Ease USA Luncheon

On May 10th, AEU will host its tenth annual luncheon at the CHI Health Center.  We are so excited to highlight the organization and the support we have received from the Omaha Community.  Ken Stinson, Chairman Emeritus of Kiewit Corporation, will serve as our keynote speaker.  Ken is a founding member of At Ease USA.  He served two and a half tours in Vietnam with the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, becoming Company Commander of an MCB5 Seabee Battalion.  In addition to serving on the At Ease USA Advisory Committee, he serves on the Nebraska Military Support Coalition and the STRATCOM Consultation Committee.  Ken is a strong advocate for AEU and has been instrumental in our growth.  Cindy and Mogens Bay will serve as our honorary chairs. The Bays and Valmont have been strong supporters of AEU since the beginning.  Their commitment to military families shines through in the organizations they support and the people they hire.  If you would like to sponsor the luncheon or purchase tickekets, please visit www.ateaseusa.org.

The Jeff Johnson Memorial Fund will once again host a golf outing to support AEU in June.  This has become a fun way for groups to get on the course and support a good cause! Please watch for upcoming announcements. We hope you will consider being a hole sponsor and getting a foursome together for an afternoon of fun for a good cause!

On September 28, AEU will host the second annual Forge Ahead 5K to raise awareness of AEU and PTSD.  We had a great turnout last summer and are hoping to continue growing this event. Participants received t-shirts, ate pizza and top finishers received medals!!!  Please keep an eye on our website for more details.

Omaha is such a generous community!  We continue to participate in the annual Omaha Gives! event.  Thank you to all who support such a worthwhile effort throughout the community. AEU was also one of the first organizations to be invited to participate in SHAREomaha.org.  We are thrilled to have attended the kick-off celebration. If you have not yet had a chance to explore, please visit their website.  Organizations can add volunteer opportunities, make wish lists and share upcoming events – all on ONE site!

While we were disappointed to lose board members Ann Kelleher, Dr. Charlie Youngblood, Dr. Mike McGinnis Brig., Gen. USA (Ret.) and Brad Ashford, we are excited to add three new members to our board:  Susan Courtney, Mike Pallesen and Gary Piercy.  Susan is the Executive Vice President for Operations, Business Process and Shared Services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.  She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where she was a Naval Flight Officer for six years.  Mike is a business lawyer who represents entities and individuals in business transactions, legislative matters, government relations and regulatory matters and security offerings.  Mike is a retired Commander from the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy. Gary is Director of Commercial Banking at Arbor Bank.  Gary is a veteran with a great deal of passion for serving our military families.

We have certainly grown since our inception, but our goal remains the same: provide access to confidential trauma treatment and therapeutic support to active military, veterans and their loved ones regardless of their ability to pay.  We continue to provide services to our military families using cutting-edge technology, best practices and a watchful eye on the overall cost.

Again, thank you for your confidence in At Ease USA.  We are truly grateful for your continued support of our military families.

At Ease USA supports active military, veterans and their families and loved ones with confidential, research-supported, cost-effective treatment for post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and related disorders.

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