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Reboot Combat Recovery, a 12-week course to begin next week at Vintage Church in Harker Heights, focuses on the spiritual aspects of combat recovery, not only for veterans, but for their families as well.

The course is free and also provides child care and food for veterans and family members attending the course.

The first session begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the church, 750 E. Central Texas Expressway.

Lawrence Schmidle, lead instructor and a veteran, discussed some of the funding for the course.

“We received a scholarship through the nonprofit organization headquarters to fund a lot of the materials for child care and for food. It’s not going to pay for all of our needs because the group is very large, larger then usually expected,” said Schmidle. “The church is going to help pay for some of the other costs.”

Evan Owens, executive director for the Kentucky-based Reboot Combat Recovery, said the course is built on local leadership.

“It’s not built on our own expertise; it’s built on what the local leaders can do,” said Owens. “The leaders in Harker Heights are all veterans, some of them are spouses and veterans.”

With over 80 different locations in the United States, each site is made up of at least a three-person leadership team that helps facilitate the course. More than 20,000 people have graduated.

Owens said he has learned at least one thing from veterans helping veterans.

“I think I have learned what true loyalty looks like in a friendship,” said Owens.

Jenny Owens, a founder of Reboot, worked for the Traumatic Brain Injury clinic on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a provider when she came up with the idea to start hosting a place where veterans could come and have a place to recover spiritually.

Evan and Jenny Owens began Reboot seven years ago in their living room.

“It’s been one of the most rewarding aspects of my entire life, and hearing graduating testimonies that the soldiers and their family members share is just so powerful,” Jenny Owens said.

For more information, and to sign up, go to https://rebootrecovery.com/join.

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