Woodworking Project Helping Veterans Recover from PTSD

A woodworking project is helping veterans recover from the stresses of their time on their front line.

The former servicemen and women say creating their own rocking horses has also boosted their confidence and helped them on the road to recovery from illness or injury.

Among them is Kevin Gray, who served with The Royal Artillery twenty years ago and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I feel a massive sense of achievement and apart from my children, I think this is probably the proudest thing I have ever created.

That thing that has been missing in my life for twenty years, the friendship, the sense of belonging, was all instilled immediately here over the past seven months it has been a fantastic journey.” – KEVIN GRAY

Kevin and a handful of other veterans have each spent more than one hundred hours working on the project at Pheonix House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Catterick.

Woodshop manager Bob Marshall said he was delighted by the result.

PTSD is a very difficult thing to cope with and there is a feeling on worthlessness and just reminding people that they have been highly skilled, highly functioning individuals in a former life while they were serving and bringing that back through a piece of wood is a fantastic journey.” – BOB MARSHALL

The skill and workmanship of the veterans has been recognised by the Guild of Rocking Horse Makers.

Each horse has been valued at up to £1800 and on this occasion, they will be given to loved ones.

Via: ITV News

MEET ‘COMBAT BARBIE’, THE SEXY MARINE WHO’S FIRING UP INSTAGRAM

We’ve quite familiar Israel’s surplus of sexy military servicewomen, but Sgt. Rianna Conner of the U.S. Marine Corps just might have those hotties outgunned.

The blonde bombshell has admirably dedicated seven years of her life to serving our country, a feat for which we are truly grateful

“I just wanna be the Military-Marilyn Monroe,” the self-dubbed “Combat Barbie” states in her Instagram bio. Mission accomplished, Rianna.

The badass beauty’s all-American feed is riddled with smoldering bikini pics and selfies. It’s no wonder she’s become a full-blown internet celebrity with over 140,000 followers.

Enjoy her hottest shots below. God bless America.

Back to the picture that started it all. The one with my crazy laugh-face, that went viral. 😊🇺🇸💋 I guess maybe it was because a few years ago no one thought that Marines (or any military girl) could also be feminine/girly. Well I broke that stereotype. Which is where "COMBAT BARBIE" started, when people tried to use it to mock me. But I accepted it full-heartedly. And along with all of the positivity and support I've received, I've also received A LOT of hate. And my favorite comments over the past few years have been ones like, "You need to cover up!" & "Shame on you!" My response has always been: "Oh you're offended by me showing my body, and you want me to cover up? Oh you mean like a Muslim? Yeah, not gonna happen! I am FREE to express myself in any way I choose." THIS IS AMERICA. And we like blondes, beer, bald-eagles, bacon, boots, bullets, and ESPECIALLY b👀bies. What can I say? I'm comfortable in my skin. I am who I am. And I've also dated a few guys who told me to cover up, and tried to tell me what to wear (which is abuse btw) and they would turn right around and go after other women who showed their bodies off! (Don't you just love hypocrites 😂) My point is, you should always be yourself no matter what. And NEVER let someone try to change who you are. 👊💪 You like lookin' conservative? Right on girl. You like rockin' that bikini? RIGHT ON GIRL. 🙌 And btw my FAVORITE comment of ALL TIME has been, "What would your parents say?!" HAHA! My Gramma and Momma ALWAYS tell me, "Rock that body while it's still hot baby!!!" I'll always be this way, until I die. No one said you had to look honey. 😋👋💁🏼🌻 #CombatBarbie #BeYOU #BeYOUtiful #Girly #Feminine #Military #GirlPower #SELFLOVE #MissAmerica #SpreadPositivity #NeverBeenaHater #Throwback #2015 #AMERICA #FREEDOM #Maxim #FHM #Chive #LikeGrandmaLikeGranddaughter

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I wish I had some pictures of the Marine Corps base evacuation for the hurricane, but I don't. And you wanna know why? Well, because mid evac this morning we got news that where we're headed to (Albany, Georgia) is supposed to get hit harder by the hurricane than where we're currently at in South Carolina. So, each place is going to get hit, and even though half of us are now in Albany, and half of us are still here at Parris Island, the General told us to bunker down for the night, and we'll see how this plays out by morning… So, I'm currently sitting on the floor in my uniform, eating an MRE, after 18 hours of nonstop running around craziness…🙃 Oorah Marine Corps. 🇺🇸 So here's a random selfie from a happier day…😜🌻👑 #Friday #ItsLit 😭 #HopeYoursIsBetterThanMine #CombatBarbie #BikiniContest 👑 #Winner #SC #MixedGirls #HurricaneSeason #TheSouth #Military #HurryUpAndWait #NoWeekendForMe 🤷🏼‍♀️⛈ #GoAwayIrma #NobodyLikesYou #YouTooJose ⛈😂

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This is the product of 3 days of lifting weights, after not going to the gym for 4 months straight and only doing cardio. I turned my arms from literally just skin and bones to baby biceps. How in just 3 days? IDK…I think it might have something to do with genetics on account of my dad being a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion…I guess I got some of his Mexican-American fighting blood..😜 Lol Anyway, everyone's body is different, and we're all beautiful in our own way, whether you're a couch potato or a fitness freak. All I know is that I feel good. And I can't even imagine what I would look like if I actually went to the gym everyday for 3 weeks, or even 3 months…lol I guess we'll see.. 😊💪💋🇺🇸 #CombatBarbie #RiannaConner #Marine #Sgt #HappyMonday #Italian #Mexican #MixedGirls #GoldenGloves #Boxing #Lifting #Cardio #AMERICA #Maxim #FHM #Chive

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"I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it. The best thing that ever happened to me is that I am a Woman. That's how all females should feel." 💋👑 -Marilyn Monroe -I will never apologize for being feminine/girly, and displaying my self-love. 🌻 I am unapologetically myself, and I know that really bothers some people. But I'm not intending to offend anyone, I've just always been this way, and I will always be this way. If I could, I would spend my life in a bikini 24/7. My grandma raised me this way. She has shown me that you can indeed work your butt off all day with the boys, and still be a sexy girly girl on your off-time. I ask you this: If I can't be myself, who can I be? 😊 –Thank you for the super soft skin @recoco_llc! It's the best coconut oil I've tried! ✨ #LikeGrandmotherLikeGranddaughter #CombatBarbie #SelfLove #BeYOU #Happiness #MarilynMonroe #MyIdol #BesidesMyGrandma #TattooedGirls #Tatted #WaterBaby #WarmWater #TheSouth #IJustWannaSpendMyWholeLifeInaBikini #LoveTheSkinYoureIn #Confidence #Italian #Mexican ✨✨ @recoco_llc @recoco_llc @recoco_llc ✨✨

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