Dear friends and supporters,

Tomorrow, November 11th, is Veterans Day, a day when we honor the service of U.S. veterans of all wars. Please join me on this special day in thanking those who served our country:

For many of us, it is hard to think of veterans without thinking of the trauma that many of them have been through, and the resulting impact that trauma may have on their mental health. PTSD is perhaps the most recognized diagnosis, but trauma may also produce anxiety, depression, mis-use of substances, and more. For that reason, we are taking November as a time to think about the role trauma can have the lives of not just vets, but others as well.

Again and again, our therapists see trauma as a prominent recurrent factor in the lives of ALL of those we help, not just the veterans. The source of the trauma may be abuse, being a victim of or witness to a violent crime, or otherwise experiencing an event or events that hurt someone physically or emotionally.

Thanks in part to a generous grant from The Celia Lipton Farris & Victor W. Farris Foundation, we are training our therapists in EMDR, a state-of-the-art treatment modality for traumatic memories. We are also evaluating other approaches to treating traumatic memories.

Your donations, no matter what size, help us provide these services to the community at low or no cost. If you have a veteran in your family, please consider donating in their honor.

With care,

Todd L’Herrou, CEO

Our premier event is once again at The Breakers Palm Beach. Palm Beach Daily News recognized OBL as one of the top five Palm Beach social events of the season. The luncheon boasts an extraordinary silent auction offering a wide selection of new or gently used authentic designer handbags, a beautiful lunch served in one of The Breakers’ oceanfront ballrooms and a celebrity speaker.

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