The Heroes Journey

Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story

RIVERVIEW, FL   |  www.theheroesjourney.org

Mission

Every year, 200,000 veterans transition from military service into civilian life. It’s a challenging time that often results in loss of identity and changes so significant it seems like the veteran is changing planets. For our warriors to live the life of prosperity they deserve they must re-discover their voice and tell their story. That is our Mission at The Heroes Journey.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Scott Mann

Main address

10127 ALBYAR AVE

RIVERVIEW, FL 33578 USA

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EIN

36-4701518

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Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

War comes with many costs, some more obvious than others. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of military veterans and family members for whom the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Korea and Vietnam are still being waged at home. Their stories are seldom told and rarely understood. Every year, 200,000 veterans transition from military service into civilian life. It’s a challenging time that often results in loss of identity and changes so significant it seems like the veteran is changing planets. For our warriors to live the life they deserve, they must re-discover their voices and tell their stories. Nearly 1 in 5 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans admit to suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress (PTS). Twenty veterans die each day by suicide, the VA reports. Therapies have been developed, and medicines tweaked to alleviate symptoms. But the fact remains that many soldiers are forced to live out their lives as POWs of their own brain.

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The Heroes Journey Virtual Course: Storytelling Toolkit for Warriors in Transition

We have a very focused 3-step approach at The Heroes Journey that is designed to help you cultivate your two greatest assets as a Warrior: your VOICE and your STORY. Soon you’ll be leading with your story in job interviews, starting your business, leading at your job, healing your wounds of war, and even connecting with your loved ones. Take this wonderful asset and start bridging the connection gaps.

Find your voice by reading Mission America: Straight Talk About Military Transition. A copy will be sent to you at no cost after submitting the registration form.

Craft your story with our free virtual storytelling course. You will immediately be sent exclusive access information once you submit the registration form. No wait – you can jump in and get to work right away.

Utilize our private Facebook Team Room to begin telling your story to fellow veterans on the same transition journey. An invitation to join the Team Room will be sent to the email you submit in the registration form.

Population(s) Served

This is the must-attend workshop for all transitioning veterans. This workshop is essential for anyone leaving the military and moving into civilian life. This workshop is essential to reconnecting with your new life and purpose beyond the military.
Warriors will learn from the best storytellers and narrative coaches in America. They will begin healing their trauma and tell the stories that most powerfully communicate their potential contributions to family, employers, investors, and community leaders.

Led by Lt. Col (Ret.) Scott Mann, this workshop is designed for veterans or veteran's family members that are looking for a way to connect, communicate, and heal. Scott will teach you how to find your voice outside of the military about your time inside the military. He teaches veterans the same timeless communication strategies he still teaches to Green Berets and high level executives.
In honor of Veteran's Day, this training will be provided for up to 50 veterans free of charge by The Heroes Journey, a 501c3 charity.

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Heroes Journey helps veterans, first responders, and their families find their voice and tell their story as they transition home from service. The goal of The Heroes Journey is to provide resources that help keep transitioning veterans and their families healthy so they, in turn, can serve and sustain their fellow warriors who are suffering and in need. That is our motivation, our passion and our duty.

Symptoms of PTS(D) as listed by the VA include experiencing flashbacks of the original trauma, avoiding any situation that reminds the sufferer of the trauma, having a heightened sense of danger, and constantly feeling on alert. Scientists believe this is a problem in the brain’s relay system. In other words, the trauma gets stuck in the part of the brain that believes the trauma is still happening.

At The Heroes Journey, we believe that one avenue to unclogging this bottleneck is the simple act of telling one’s story. According to mental health practitioners, when an individual with Post Traumatic Stress tells his or her story the brain begins to make new connections to that memory. They are not only attaching words to their experience, but they are attaching the feelings and sensory impressions that were felt at the time. And in doing so, the stuck part of the brain can finally stand down. It will realize that the danger is not happening. It can stop firing as if there’s an immediate danger.

The Heroes Journey helps military veterans, first responders, and their family members find their voice and tell their story in their transition from military to civilian life. Our services include therapeutic storytelling workshops, online learning courses, and books on the transition from military to civilian life for veterans, first responders, and their spouses and children. The most notable project The Heroes Journey took on the past year was producing the national tour of the play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret.

The Heroes Journey helps Warriors find their voice and tell their story in their transition, giving them essential skills for reconnecting with their new lives and purpose beyond the military.

As long as war, crisis, or trauma have existed, people have lived with the full brunt of the effects of experiencing horrific events. While many therapies, techniques, and tools are beneficial and necessary, they are designed only to treat, manage, or eliminate the symptoms. No techniques claim to bring total healing or complete restoration. For the PTS sufferer, storytelling does more than treat, manage, or eliminate the symptoms. Storytelling can literally rewire the sufferer’s brain. However, in order for people to tell their stories, they must be in a place of acceptance and moving forward despite the trauma that lies in the past and perhaps still surrounds them.

Heroes Journey Storytelling Workshops are two- or three-day submersion programs that help participants cultivate their greatest assets as a warrior; their VOICE and their STORY. Workshops offer a safe community that allows the use of the vehicle of storytelling to help sufferers experience deeper healing. We use a focused 3-step approach in our workshops. Armed with the tools learned in a Heroes Journey Storytelling Workshop, veterans will be leading with their story in job interviews and business meetings, leading at their jobs and in their communities. More importantly, they will be healing the wounds of war, and free themselves to connect more deeply with loved ones. The ability to tell their story helps warriors start bridging their connection gaps. Workshops bring together warriors who share a common bond. They all proudly served their country during a time of war and are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress. During a workshop, the warriors participate in exercises to help them uncover their stories and recognize stressful situations. A mental health professional is part of the program staff and is there to discuss issues participants may be facing in recovery from PTS. Warriors quickly discover they are not alone, and there are other warriors with similar struggles.

The play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret tells the story of our warriors and their families. The family is central in this narrative and is not a consolation prize for making it home. Veterans, the children of veterans, and their grandchildren are all seeing themselves in this story. Last Out is the story of those who have deployed so many times they’ve lost track of which side of the ocean they’re on and whose lives have become a blur. Stories, even the painful ones, heal the heart, our brains, communities, and our nation. Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret will be touring in 2020-2021.

The Heroes Journey offers three written resources, Mission America, Mommy Keeps Us Free, and Daddy Keeps Us Free, that are offered to servicemen and women, veterans, and their families to ease stress in their transition.

Many veterans say that transition to civilian life is the biggest obstacle they’ve ever faced, with emotional, relational, and financial challenges they could never have imagined. The Heroes Journey written materials, workshops, and the Last Out productions are no B.S. looks at the realities of military transition and an eye-opening perspective to help soldiers transition to civilian life with success and honor, in a manner befitting their sacrifice and service.

Behind dynamic and capable leadership, The Heroes Journey holds programs that strive to meet the needs of every program participant individually.

Scott Mann, Co-founder of The Heroes Journey
Together with his wife, Scott founded The Heroes Journey, to help veterans tell their stories in transition. Mann spent 23 years in the United States Army, 18 of those as a Green Beret, where he specialized in unconventional, high-impact missions all over the world. As a Green Beret, he forged bonds and solved problems using values and leadership skills that moved people around the world to stand up for themselves and was able to restore trust and create human connections in places where that didn’t seem possible. In the same way, he empowered local tribes in Iraq and Afghanistan to make transformative decisions, using very few resources, Scott now teaches the relationship-building techniques that drove so many of his successful combat operations. Scott has written all THJ materials as well as the play Last Out—Elegy of a Green Beret. Last Out tells the story of Army Green Beret Danny Patton’s battles that range from tribal Afghanistan to his own living room. Last Out is based on true stories of modern war. With a cast made up entirely of veterans and their family members, Last Out is a theatrical experience intended to help civilians better understand the cost of combat to our veterans and their families, and to help warriors utilize the power of story to let go of their pain, healing the wounds of war.

Dr. Diego Hernandez, Psychologist for The Heroes Journey programs
Dr. Hernandez is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a focus on health, wellness, and human performance. Dr. Diego is the Clinical Director of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Research at the University of South Florida. With 20 years of mental health experience and a combat trauma expert, Dr. Diego works privately and on retreats with active duty military and Veterans. His practice emphasis is with Combat Veterans as well as active-duty military with emphasis on Special Forces. He currently is a retreat Behavioral Consultant with Warrior Mission at Ease. He is on the medical advisory boards of the Camaraderie Foundation and H.O.O.A.H. and has provided consultation with Mission America, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Lone Survivor Foundation.

2019 at a glance
The Heroes Journey is reconnecting warriors and civilians at a community level for a better America.
6000
Books Printed and Distributed
Copies of ‘Mission America’ and
‘Mommy/Daddy Keeps Us Free’ printed and
distributed to veterans and military children
104
Virtual Students
Number of veterans, active-duty, and military family members registered in The Heroes Journey virtual storytelling courses
5
National Media Hits
The Heroes Journey as been featured by Tom Brokow, CBS This Morning, Military Makeover, the Huckabee Show, and FOX Nation

200
Veterans Trained
Veterans trained in The Heroes Journey storytelling workshops
3
Adaptive Athletes
Veteran Athletes sponsored by The Heroes Journey as they reconnect to a new purpose and story post-military
In 2020-21, we're going to take Last Out into the next year even stronger, getting it in front of as many Americans as possible. We are adding The Heroes Journey storytelling workshops to Last Out production stops across the country. We are distributing written material to veterans and their families, all at no cost. If ever there was a time for us to step up and lead, it is now. And that is exactly what we are doing.

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The Heroes Journey

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Scott Mann


Board co-chair

Monty Mann

Greg Parsons

David Martin

Jerry Lujan