Practitioners welcome veterans to day of healing at Sierra College

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The Healing Light Institute offers a day of healing on May 15 for veterans of current and past conflicts, their families and the nurses who served our country. The day long Forgotten Soldier Program takes place at the Sierra College cafeteria, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 with the Sierra College Veteran Student Alliance hosting the event.  This is the third day of healing for the Institute’s Forgotten Soldier Program. Many veterans were served earlier this year in Auburn and at the Fair Oaks VFW Post. Services to be offered include life direction, health coaching, nutrition consultation, acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, and tools to help with combat stress. These services and a lunch are complementary. The Institute’s co-founder Donna Arz is certified in the Placer County Chaplaincy program and has expertise in several areas including nutrition and spirituality. Other Institute practitioners include certified Marriage Family Therapists, Brian Lewis and Stan Schulte. Lewis works with clients of all ages and is a certified art therapist. Schulte is a member of the Department of Defense’s Military Family Life Consultant program. Certified Massage Therapists Phyllis Ingmire and Michele McCreery offer massage therapy.  According to Catherine Morris, Veterans Counselor at Sierra College, the number of veterans on campus has more than doubled in the past two years from 150 veterans to 500. The Forgotten Soldier Program provides an important link for those who are dealing with the adjustment to civilian life. “This is the first time I’ve seen veterans willing to trust practitioners,” Morris said. “They (Forgotten Soldier Program practitioners) really get it and they provide our veterans with tools to deal with their combat stress injuries and their anxieties.”  Campus veterans have coordinated with a couple of bands to play on the 15th and the Wilderness Society will send a rock wall.  For more information, visit or call the Healing Light Institute at (530) 889-2300. ~ Staff report