Jack’s Journal: PEACE Ranch Cabin

It’s an essential part of the Christmas wish — peace on earth.

But for some veterans, that can be hard to find, even during the holidays.

Jack O’Malley introduces us to two Vietnam veterans creating a haven so those who served can heal in this week’s Jack’s Journal.

Our story is about a cabin but begins with Vietnam vets coming to a place called PEACE Ranch to find healing.

 “It’s the type of therapy that is really helpful with people who’ve had traumatic experiences that they really can’t talk about,” says Jackie Kashell.

The term is moral injury, things done in war that the soul has to reconcile with when back in civilian life.  A group of Vietnam vets came to Peace Ranch to work it through. One day they took a walk around the grounds, looking for a place to start on a project.

“We walked around the property and they chose this place, and they were talking together and they formulated a plan for a place for veterans to come and just be at peace,” explains Jackie.

“We had several ideas and we finally decided to build a cabin that can be passed on to the future, other veterans that might need it,” says veteran Larry Lelito.

Veterans that might need to find a quiet place to meet, to think, to heal. They named it LZPR, Landing Zone PEACE Ranch.

The boys will have it finished soon. The spot Jackie tells me was chosen specifically by the vets for its military stand point. It’s back against a hill, you can see all the way around. It’s a safe location. Visiting vets have commented noticing the location. 

War is war, no matter the conflict, and when returning home these Vietnam vets knew what it was like to have no welcome, no support.  They promised to help the young guys.

 “We kind of made a pact that we aren’t going to let this happen to any other veterans. We are going to reach out and help them,” says Larry. 

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