Changemaker Series

2016 Changemaker Award Honoree

Doug Huseby - Pain Free Patriots
Doug started working with Veterans in 2010 after a visit to a military surplus store with his grandson. One of the store's employees was a 30-year-old military veteran who was in severe physical pain from his service. Doug offered him a grant to cover the cost of treatment for chronic pain, and this was the unofficial beginning of the Pain Free Patriots program.

What started as a pilot to see if we could make a difference in the life of the one Veteran described above has turned into the Pain Free Patriots program, to fill a much larger need. As of 2015, BFW Charities has refocused its mission under the name Pain Free Patriots to help military service members and Veterans that need relief from chronic pain in Minnesota and nationally as funding is secured. There are 200,000 Veterans in Minnesota and more than 4 million nationwide with chronic pain that need our help.

Five powerful films paint a picture of what our vets face post-combat and foster important discussions around how to better serve those who've given us their all.

Iron Will: Veterans' Battle with PTSD - Documentary
Director: Sergio Valenzuela

11:55 - Narrative
Director: Ari Issler and Ben Snyder

Blood Stripe - Narrative
Director: Remy Auberjonois

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro - Documentary
Director: Max Lewkowicz

Prison Dogs  - Documentary
Director: Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir

60-second films play before all TCFF films, highlighting our non-profit partners.

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CHANGE STEP is a program specifically for veterans who have used abusive behaviors with their intimate partners. The program helps men end abusive behaviors and replace them with actions that build and support healthy relationships. CHANGE STEP is tailored specifically to veterans of the armed services and incorporates the impact of military culture, deployment, and the effects of combat.

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The Ars Bellum Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded by veterans and family members in 2014, to provide mobile clinical art therapy programs for veterans with PTSD and related mental health conditions as a result of trauma sustained in service to their country. The foundation provides art therapy to family members as well, to help them cope with the after-effects of trauma and loss.