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Career Modalities

This past year, we’ve taken significant strides in advancing our mission at TRP, focusing on leveraging aqua and depth therapy to aid active service members, veterans, and Gold Star families in reintegrating into civilian life. Our Career Modality Program, a cornerstone of our efforts, has been particularly impactful. It aimed to provide comprehensive vocational support, leadership development, and mental wellness benefits through specialized training courses. Our commitment was to address the professional development needs of veterans and first responders, particularly in public safety diving. This field demands a high level of skill and confidence.
Our phased approach included foundational training, advanced program development, and culminating advanced training sessions, benefiting participants by significantly improving their job security, career growth opportunities, and personal well-being. The positive outcomes of this initiative have affirmed the value of our work and set a robust foundation for future growth. As we look forward to expanding our reach and impact in the coming year, we remain dedicated to supporting those who’ve served our country, aiming to serve even more veterans and first responders with enhanced training and support programs.

Health and WellnessFuture project

Building on the success of our Career Modality Program, we are excited to introduce our upcoming Health and Wellness Program, designed to address the holistic needs of our community. Recognizing the challenges our veterans and their families face, we are developing a comprehensive initiative focused on mental resilience, emotional healing, and disconnection from toxic environments. Our program will feature a blend of group-based learning, peer mentorship, trauma-informed yoga, and nature therapy, among other therapeutic activities. Planned retreats, ranging from 3 days to 2 weeks, will offer intensive holistic healing experiences in serene, nature-based destinations. With goals to serve up to 24 veterans and their immediate family members in our first year, we are committed to expanding our support and fostering a community of wellness and recovery. This initiative marks a significant step forward in our mission, aiming to heal invisible wounds through innovative and compassionate approaches.

TRP is looking to expand our mission by providing alpine skiing (downhill) and snowboarding for winter sport activities. Winter is a difficult time to scuba in the New England area. Winter sports can fill this gap for our community. It can also provide job opportunities for becoming instructors, working with skiers/boarders with disabilities, becoming ski patrollers (safety professionals who provide maintenance, first aid and emergency response services at ski resorts or other facilities) and for other jobs in the ski resort industry.

To get this program started, we are doing an interest survey below. This will help us gauge the program scope, the program needs, and allow us to negotiate with business owners for services and support. We have also added a few tentative mountain dates to the calendar, and can expand that based on interest and engagement.

Update: Vail has offered to provide two days of lift tickets, equipment, and lessons for new/beginner skiers/snowboarders for a few veterans. This is a great opportunity, so make sure to tell you friends and also sign up below to be able to join us for this adventure!

As always, we are also looking for volunteers! So please make sure to note that in the form if you would like to volunteer (and what type of volunteering).

City and State
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Please find our latest Quarterly TRP SITREP (Newsletter) here: 2023 January Newsletter

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FROM: The President of The Tactical Reintegration Project

TO: The Warriors of The TRP Community

We were just kids back then…now look at us. Today I looked at a photo of some guys in my unit at the Train Station in Fallujah Iraq posing for a glory shot and then it hit me: almost 17 years ago today we were kids strapping on bullet proof vests at all hours of the day and night, wielding rifles, machine guns, radios, mortars, and SMAW rockets, in the name of democracy and freedom.

It’s hard to reconcile that 8 Marines I knew have killed themselves in the last 3-5 years. It’s even more difficult to comprehend why many of us, 16+ years after we survived that deployment, have yet to find a way to belong somewhere and feel connected to the life they lived. Why is it that so many of us suffer from this? Why is it that so many of us can’t feel good about what we have become and who we were and are?

Today, I found out that another Marine I served with in 2006 has passed away. And if this wasn’t disturbing enough, the realization that dawns on you when scrolling down the Facebook page of our Battalion’s Community Association profile (what started as a way to stay connected with our Brotherhood since deploying) is that it has become a digital rolodex of death and obituary notifications. Its a painful reminder of the toll that the War on Terror has had on the Marines we served alongside since 2006. Lest we forget, the Battalion Association page I speak of is but one amongst hundreds of Facebook pages across all the branches of service throughout the United States since September 11th, 2001.

Call to Action: All is not well but all is not lost! Our message to the community and to those that follow is simple – Stay Vigilant – Stay Connected! This isn’t a novel idea nor is the message I bring contrary to what we already know. The holiday’s season is a time where many of us struggle in silence. This time of the year has the ability to bring down the best of us. I want to remind everyone that as a community we are stronger together. Tend to your family and friends, reach out to those that you haven’t spoken to or seen in a while. And reach out to someone if you need help! Spread these words like that of the stories you have told your children in years passed and those that you will tell in years to come.

NEVER FORGET – YOU ARE SAFE AND YOU ARE LOVED – YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

SEMPER FI,

Malcolm Bybee

President & Acting Treasurer – The Tactical Reintegration Project

USMC VETERAN – Sergeant E-5, 2005-2013 – OIF & OEF

“Sustaining Life Above And Below The Surface.”

Please find our latest Quarterly TRP SITREP (Newsletter) here: 2022 November Newsletter

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Diving for Inner Peace: SUSTAINING LIFE - ABOVE & BELOW THE SURFACE ™