By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

I answer calls for first responders in crisis. I do that because at one time it was our family in crisis. Coming out on the other side gives me hope to share with others. More and more, what I find is that people sometimes don’t want help as much as they want a magic cure. There is no “magic” cure. When you are in a crisis, it is possible to do the work to get out of the crisis. Unfortunately, and especially more recently, people want us to do the work for them. When they learn that overcoming their problems will require work on their end, they don’t want the “help” anymore. Why is that?

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Should First Responders Try & Find Their Own Resources?

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Organizations like Safe Call Now (the national crisis hotline for first responders and their families) and Serve and Protect (which offers trauma services to first responders and their families) have been around for over a decade. They have been helping first responders, confidentially, find the best help in the country longer than most first responders have been working. They know which programs work, and also which programs are not as effective.

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Reset, Restore & Let God…

By Debbie Terry

We are in the middle of a pandemic that is, if we listen to the popular news sources, unendingly deadly, all the doom and gloom, blah, blah, blah.

I say this not with disrespect to what this virus is doing to our world, nor with blindness to the seriousness of it, but with an eye for the lack of attention to what God is doing in our midst. I want to hear from that voice in the wind. And, I think I have….

Let me explain.

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