Asheville, N.C. (May 12, 2016)- Helios Warriors is honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $10,000, which will fund their holistic therapies program that provides veterans in Western North Carolina with affordable access to holistic healing to help them recover from the physical, emotional and spiritual traumas of their military service. The funds will support Helios Warriors’ efforts to expand their services beyond the treatment rooms, providing tools and resources to enable veterans to further their healing at home with self-massage tools and resources, as well as expanding holistic therapies in a group setting.

Marsha Bennett, Executive Director of Helios Warriors said, “Helios Warriors and the veterans we serve are thrilled to receive the support of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation through this $10,000 grant. Helios Warriors has helped local veterans heal with holistic therapies since 2007, and this grant will enable us to continue our services to this underserved population.”

Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt.Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said, “The mental and physical tolls that combat can take often carry into a veteran’s civilian life. Each veterans responds to different treatments in their own way, and it is our hope that this grant will provide more veterans a path to a better life.”

About the Disabled Veterans National Foundation:

Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

DVNF achieves this mission by:

· Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.

· Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

· Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.

· Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

About Helios Warriors: Helios Warriors, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to offering the highest quality holistic therapies to veterans in a safe and supportive environment. Our low-cost, sliding scale services are made possible by a dedicated corps of volunteer licensed/certified practitioners who provide holistic healing for the whole person, not just symptoms, to enhance our veterans’ physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Contact: Doug Walker
Communications Director
(202) 737-0522

Helios Warriors Contact: Marsha Bennett
Executive Director
(828) 299-0776

Check out the current issue of Mountain Xpress for an article on the PTSD Town Hall, being held this coming Saturday, June 11, at AB Tech’s Mission Hospital/AB Tech Conference Center. Helios Warriors will be there from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Stop by and see us, and please help spread the word!


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