Votes can help Marines suffering from PTSD

CAMP PENDLETON — North County residents Danielle Chavalarias and Marie-Laure Wagner have been running a program at Camp Pendleton, funded mostly with their own money. They have been working for more than a year toward helping Marines suffering from PTSD.
The pair is now asking the community’s help in winning a $250 Pepsi Co. grant that would finance the program.
Two years ago, the women began the non-profit, known as “Operation Giving Back.” OGB is devoted to serving veterans, helping them to:
— Be free of symptoms of depression or anxiety
— Recover from the emotional and mental stress of combat, or PTSD
— Move forward in their lives personally and professionally
The two women work to accomplish this by treating men and women twice per week with a neurofeedback system. Their goal is to help them to re-enter into civilian life.
“Our success in the past two years has been tremendous,” Chavalarias said. “Now we want to help on a larger scale. We are in the running for a grant that would help us serve at least 200 veterans in 2011. What a great way this holiday season to make a difference for these 200 men and women and their families. You can help make this possible, not by giving any money or much of your time — but simply by voting for us online, during the month of December.”
Learn more by visiting You can also vote by text using your cell phone: Send to 73774, and enter 104790 (standard text messaging rates apply).
If you want to be on a daily e-mail reminder list, e-mail this request to
For more information, call (760) 633-3328.


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