Them Bones Veteran Community was incorporated as a not-for-profit 501-C3 organization in early 2001. A Board of Directors and an Advisory Board guide the direction of this agency. No fees are charged, but donations are welcomed from the recipients who receive the services, or those who wish to contribute to help others.
While Them Bones Veteran Community collaborates with several agencies on behalf of providing veterans with integrated services, Them Bones is not affiliated with the Veteran's Administration or other organizations.
Records are totally confidential and can only be shared with the explicit written authorization of the veteran for disclosure.
To female and male veterans across cultures who are on the journey to wisdom
and who want to learn from each other's experience of war, duty and conflict.
- We value wholeness that is often only achieved by embracing mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical pain.
- We value loving our neighbor as ourselves.
- We value understanding that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- We value reconciliation, because "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth makes the whole world blind and toothless (Gandhi)".
- We value power only as a means for service.
- We value our world citizenship that stems from our interdependence as members of the human family.
Addiction, mental illness and trauma are challenges to the human spirit, but together, we veterans, can channel our energies toward healing, love and compassion - The new millennium needs our wisdom.
About Sister Kateri
|Sister Kateri Koverman holds a Masters degree in Social Work, a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the State of Ohio. She has also had formal training as a teacher in the Oral Tradition of the Enneagram, Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).|
Sister Kateri has also served in active combat zones, including:
- Vietnam - (1970, 1973 - 1975) In the last months before Saigon fell to the North in spring of 1975, Sister assisted in the coordination of the orphan airlift for Catholic Relief Services before the fall of Saigon in April 1975.
She returned in 1990 and 2001, the whole point of which was to encourage the veterans (rather, those who were psychologically and spiritually ready to make the trips), to take what was their "manure" of space and time during their part of the Vietnamese war and transform it into "fertilizer." That transformative process enabled those who did their spiritual work to go forward in life, knowing that their growth (and not comfort) is the gift of struggle.
The site of each veteran’s battle/ambush (which led to their trauma) was visited; where a ritual of closure was performed. In some cases socialization and/or sharing meals with Vietnamese (who had been in the village or hamlet back
during the war), or relatives of those people helped to further set the past firmly behind.
- Ethiopia - 1977-1978
- El Salvador - 1986-1988
She has also spent periods ranging from weeks to months serving as a consultant with refugees and persons traumatized by war/conflict in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Zambia, and Armenia.
Sister Kateri also taught part-time for 15 years at the College of Mount St. Joseph in the Departments of Social Work and Theology.
She co-founded Joseph House in 1973, a residential treatment facility for homeless veterans in Cincinnati, where she functioned as the clinical director from 1993-2000.
Sister has run trauma groups for veteran inmates in local jails for 12 years, serving as both an individual and group psychotherapist with combat veterans
Programs & Services
Them Bones Veteran Community offers several programs and services to choose from, including Individual and couple (spouse/significant other) psychotherapy sessions, 12 Steps for War Trauma Group Recovery, Support Groups for Spouses of Veterans, Psycho-Educational Panic Attack assistance, and Psycho-Educational Trauma Groups for Veterans within local jails.
We also offer outreach educational sessions for civic groups who want to understand the immediate and long term effects of post traumatic stress on veterans, their family and the community.
We also facilitate spiritual retreats for veterans and their spouse/significant other.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This mode is based on the principles of how humans learn and are conditioned by their experiences. The impact of war can cause a person to dissociate traumatic memories from their regular "memory bank." The goal of this treatment is to normalize the feelings, thoughts and behaviors that are common to veterans who have post traumatic stress problems.
Family Systems Therapy
This approach views the family of the veteran as an entire network of relationships. Thus, it is accepted that the change in the veteran, from their military experience, will automatically impact the family system. The entire family or simply the couple can be seen in therapy sessions. The goal is to have everyone express how the changes are felt and how together, they would like to deal with these to establish a healthy family balance. Because we understand the toll that war inflicts on family relationships, we are open to the option of including those members of the family who have been separated by divorce.
12 Step War Trauma Recovery Group
This group explores 12 themes that are common to veterans with post traumatic stress issues. There is individualized screening by Sister Kateri prior to acceptance into this group.
The 12 themes are broken down into 3 areas:
- Seeking the positive power of choice versus being victimized by past nonintegrated experiences of war
- Seeking meaning in having survived
- Seeking trust versus shame
- Seeking the truth of self inventory
- Emotions and Memories
- Making a Commitment
- Life versus death
- Justice versus revenge
- Finding a purpose
- Love and relationships
Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR)
This is a procedure designed to examine the thoughts, feelings and perceptions of past incidents (traumas). The goal is to reduce or eliminate the emotional charge contained in them, and thus relieve the person of their negative consequences. The repeated "viewing" of the incident by the veteran is a form of integrative learning from one's "unfinished business."
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
This technique is based on the belief that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system.
This is a very old dynamic personality system that explains nine different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. If the veteran wants to employ this approach it may help in understanding more about the unconscious motivation which might have impacted his/her military service.
General office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30; Office visits are made by appointment only.
Weekday evening appointments or Saturday morning/afternoon appointments can also be arranged for the working veterans, spouses or groups.
Please contact Sister Kateri for more details:
Them Bones Veteran Community
2420 Drex Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212