BENEFITING: Great Lakes Dryhootch
Dryhootch is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008, by a Vietnam veteran, with a mission of “Helping veterans and their families who survived the war, thrive in the peace.” The idea of becoming a homefront battle buddy to the new generation of veterans materialized into a successful Peer Support Program, and is the cornerstone of Dryhootch. Peer support is essential in empowering veterans to overcome issues such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, moral injury, depression and other mental health illnesses, drug and alcohol addiction, family relationship issues, unemployment, and homelessness. The name “Dryhootch” denotes a sober environment while paying homage to the military jargon for home. Dryhootch is a coffee shop that serves as a community rally point to provide a welcoming, comfortable, drug and alcohol free environment for veterans, families, and community members.