Program offers day of healing for veterans

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A local organization is promoting healing for local veterans this weekend. The Forgotten Soldier program is holding its day of healing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Auburn Veterans’ Memorial Hall at 100 East St. The day-long program is free to veterans and offers things like life direction, health coaching, nutrition consultation, acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, and tools to help with combat stress. Craniosacral and sound healing as well as Tai Chi taught by veterans will be available, according to Laurie Penn, spokeswoman for the Forgotten Soldier Program. Marriage therapy, massage therapy, legal help, credit help and the Gold Country Chaplaincy will also be available at the event. Donna Arz, founder and executive director of the Forgotten Soldier Program, said the event’s past success has her excited about this day of healing. “Each event we have done … in each outreach event, veterans have been helped, and their lives have been changed and we would like to continue to give the service so that can happen for them,” Arz said. “It’s wonderful to provide a place that is safe and good for them so they can come and have healing, because all of them that come are getting healing.” ~Bridget Jones