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Local business giving gift of touch through 'Hands for Heroes'
MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) – After battling in the warzone, around 30 percent of our troops experience post traumatic stress disorder. Now one local businesswoman is sharing her healing hands with our nation’s heroes, for free!
Sarah Buehler of Menomonie knows all too well the physical and emotional strife among veterans.
“My father is a Navy WWII veteran, my brother is a Navy Vietnam veteran,” says Buehler. “When you think of how many people come back and try to fit back into the social world, a lot of them will close back in their houses.”
Now Buehler is lending her hands, quite literally.
“Fee-free massages for our nation’s veterans across the United States, trying to give back to the people that fought for our freedoms,” she says.
On Wednesday, Buehler’s new massage therapy business ‘On Eagles’ Wings ~ Healing Touch’, joined the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, while also kicking off her partnership with Hands for Heroes.
“I have people tell me ‘I wasn't on active duty, I wasn't out there fighting in the frontline, give it to someone that’s missing an arm or a leg’, let them benefit from the massage, but this is for everybody,” says Buehler.
“So programs like this could help veterans actually start to relax quicker and start to heal quicker physically and emotionally,” says Vietnam War veteran Loren Gifford who also went into massage therapy.
Gifford recalls what it was like post-war.
“It was tough for me to relax at all when I came back. When a car would backfire or something like that, you're always on edge, and it took many years for me to get over that,” says Gifford.
Buehler says massage therapy can go beyond just pain relief for veterans. It can help with blood circulation, relaxation and even social interaction.
“Touch can do it for anybody, this isn't just for veterans coming back now, this is for WWII, any previous war, any body can come to this to utilize it,” says Buehler.
For more information: http://cm.menomoniechamber.org/list/