Chip’s Fund for Yoga Warriors
Edward Thomas “Chip” Duchnowski was a Massachusetts native who died on Patriots Day in 2018. He only left Clinton, Mass., to serve as a Marine — as a 17-year-old, going to war. While in Vietnam, he engaged in ground combat. He received the Marine Corps CAR (Combat Action Ribbon) and was promoted from private to corporal and then to the leadership rank of sergeant. He re-enlisted after completing his initial three-year commitment, and was stationed in California following his tour of duty in Vietnam.
Chip was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps during the summer of 1970, a 21-year-old whose life and vision would remain largely defined by his service during an increasingly unpopular war.
About Yoga Warriors
Weekly practice with Yoga Warriors improves warrior lives and moods dramatically, even permanently. Their resilience expands rapidly and hopelessness recedes.
Yoga Warriors also helps with focus and balance, stimulates energy and mobility and, in turn, guards against injuries and generally promotes psychological and spiritual well-being. The best benefit is that Yoga Warriors brings camaraderie, friendship and enagement in a broadening community.
Yoga Warrior Veterans, who continue practice and who thrive, are joining with Chip’s family in supporting and contributing to Chip’s Fund for Yoga Warriors. We hope that you too will consider a tax-deductible donation or set up a monthly contribution through one of the 501(C)3 charitable organizations listed on the back
Yoga Warriors is a practice designed for people who have experienced trauma. It honors, acknowledges and works toward healing the invisible wounds, including those that persist among Vietnam veterans.
The practice is backed up by evidence-based research and has been tested with active-duty troops in Iraq. The American Occupational Therapy Association encourages Yoga Warriors practice.
And Yoga Warriors is free.
But teachers need training. Studio space is needed. Equipment is used. Your generous donation will go a long way.
Give in memory of Chip, so that other veterans like him, who live with the hidden wounds of war, can find healing and peace.
Chip‘s family has come forward as the first to contribute seed funding to support Chip’s Fund for Yoga Warriors, and their generosity will work to expand Yoga Warriors and other trauma-sensitive community healing for Veterans, first responders and trauma support nurses in New England towns and beyond.
Many who served in Vietnam returned to a bitter nation with its own deepening and lasting divisions. Returning troops did not get ceremonies, celebrations or welcoming honors. Their homecomings were often lonely events, sometimes with openly expressed condemnation in place of gratitude.
Some 58,000 service members lost their lives in or as a direct result of the war; more than twice that number have subsequently died of isolation, despair and self-inflicted harm after homecoming.
Veterans whose lives and life visions were to remain largely defined by memories of wartime military service during an increasingly unpopular conflict. South Vietnam, America’s first (but not last) insurgent war.