Subject: May Newsletter – New HQ for Adaptive Training Foundation

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May 2018 
The VetConnect North Texas online directory is a resource for veterans, military families and advocates at nonprofit agencies in the North Texas area.

New Headquarters for 
Adaptive Training Foundation 
Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF), which provides physical and mental training to empower people with physical challenges, celebrated the grand opening of its new, 18,000-sq. ft. headquarters in Carrollton, Texas on April 7, 2018. This innovative nonprofit gym provides cost-free services to traumatically wounded, ill, and injured individuals with the intention of offering them the tools to physically and mentally to redefine their lives.

This public event also served as the kick off to ATF’s first annual Triumph Awards honoring ATF athletes for their feats of courage, strength and perseverance.

ATF was founded in 2014 by David Vobora, a former NFL player, who identified a void: helping people living with physical impairment to find a way to advance their mental and physical capacity post rehabilitation through customized adaptive training based on their performance goals. 

The Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas is a Verified VetConnectNTX Agency.

The Center for BrainHealth offers a Warrior Training Program to military veterans, active duty service members, military spouses or caregivers, law enforcement officers, and first responders at no cost to them. The Warrior Training team can also deliver training at or near U.S. military installations or veterans’ service organizations.

SMART (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training) is an interactive workshop that teaches a set of strategies that empower you to train core cognitive areas and helps you think smarter, not harder.

More than a decade of clinical trials have demonstrated that the strategies taught in this workshop strengthen the brain’s frontal networks – regions that support attention, planning, judgment and emotional management. 
May 27-28, Carry The Load, Memorial May Campaign 
June 3-6, AIRS I&R Training and Ed Conference 
June 13-14, Boots to Heels Workshop

Memorial May Campaign
May 27-28, 2018
Carry The Load’s Memorial May Campaign brings awareness to the True Meaning of Memorial Day through a culmination of the National Relay, City Rallies and Fundraising events that take place across the country in May. The flagship event, Dallas Memorial March, is a two-day embodiment of Carry The Load’s values that celebrates our nation’s heroes, remembers the fallen, and observes the National Moment of Remembrance. The event begins at noon on May 27 at Reverchon Park in Dallas, and ends at 3:30 p.m. on May 28.

Throughout the two-day event, participants may walk the Katy Trail lined with storyboards for fallen heroes, reflect upon a Field of Flags, honor a Gold Star family at Reflection Ridge, learn about partners who provide direct services to military and first responders, KLTY Kids Zone, and camp out in the park. The march is free, family friendly, and the community will gather to enjoy live music, food trucks, and much more.

Leading up to the event, Carry The Load will be in Fort Worth at 2:45 p.m. on May 26 at Amon G. Carter Stadium before walking to the Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial for a Rally at the Trinity Park Pavilion. Participants will have the opportunity to walk roughly 4 miles with the West Coast Relay Team as they finish their 4,300-mile trek from Seattle to Dallas.

Alliance of Information and
Referral Systems

I&R Training and Education Conference
June 3-6, 2018 in Dallas
The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) in collaboration with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the National I&R Support Center, and military conference planners, invite you to join hundreds of your fellow Information & Referral (I&R) colleagues at the 40th Annual I&R Training and Education Conference, “Big Ideas, Big Hearts, Big Impact” June 3-6, 2018 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Downtown Dallas, Texas. Registration is open to AIRS members and non-members.

Conference goals are to provide skills to work collaboratively, build coordinated systems of service delivery, encourage cooperation, maximize organization strengths and advance effectiveness of I&R professionals.


AIRS conferences are known for the breadth of educational offerings, with nine tracks and more than eighty sessions. The nine tracks include Aging and Disabilities, I&R Service Delivery, Disaster, Management, Serving the Military, Resource Management, Technology and 211.

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Boots to Heels Workshop 
June 13-14, 2018
With Attitudes & Attire Core program as a base, Boots to Heels was developed to address the unique needs of women in the military community: Active, Guard, Reserve, Veteran and Spouses. The women have an opportunity to interact with others who face similar challenges transitioning from military life as veterans while reclaiming their self-esteem and finding their self-worth.
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