Our BEST Superhero the Month for February 2020 has had a lifelong passion for service and giving back to the community in many ways.
Most notably though, his longtime support and service to the veteran community has been the driving force behind that passion to help others.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is honored to announce that Pat Steel is our BEST Superhero of the Month.
Pat, a veteran himself, began working with Heroes to Hometown (H2H) in Pierce County in Washington State in 2005. H2H was created by the Department of Defense in 2005 to enable and assist communities in developing programs to support military veterans and their families when the veterans were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat has been a strong advocate and supporter of local area veterans, active duty servicemembers and their families for 15 years.
Our superhero has also been superhero to BEST. He’s been a longtime supporter and donor for the organization.
Here’s what Steel’s nominator had to say about him:
Pat has been a long-time friend to BEST and also a donor over the years. His commitment to veterans and active duty military personnel is unmatched in our community. As the driving force behind Heroes to Hometown, Pat’s passion for community networks is evident every time he connects agencies and people to meet the needs of service members.
BEST thanks to Pat for all of his love and support for the military community and the brain injury community.
Have a real-life superhero in your life, too? Nominate them by clicking here.
BEST Artist and volunteer, Justin Thompson, contributed a special piece of art to the BEST community art installation, Superhero, at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM).
His untitled work of acrylics on canvas shown below, was intended to to symbolize and honor brain injury survivors who are veterans, along with their families.
Thank you, Justin, for sharing your art with BEST and the community.
We would like to extend our thoughts, BEST wishes and thanks to all veterans and their families, today and every day.
The Northwest Brain Injury Symposium hosts, Thriving After Service: Veterans Living with TBI. This event is focused on the relative impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on those individuals that have served in the various branches of the military, in addition, to focusing on strategies for positive outcomes. A speakers’ panel of experts will delve into the long-term medical, psychological, and social issues that manifest in veterans that have sustained a TBI. Specific topics will include, but limited to, co-occurrence of PTSD and TBI, recovery trajectories, and the importance of support with access to resources. Opportunities to connect with various local resources, services, and members of the community facing the same challenges will be available. Questions regarding this event can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is FREE and Open to the Public, with FREE refreshments provided. Please note, parking at the Spokane Public Library is NOT free and will cost approximately $5.00 for the entire event. Parking at Riverfront Square will also be available, as will street parking.
Click here to RSVP.
This event is part of the Northwest Brain Injury Symposium, which is supported by Eastern Washington University – College of Social Sciences, Spokane Public Library, Brain Energy Support Team, and the TBI Council of Washington.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is deeply honored to support veterans and their families.
And we also like to take every opportunity to offer our thanks and appreciation to our veteran community, today and every day.
Yesterday, BEST presented special handcrafted thank you cards for local veterans for the Pierce County Heroes to Hometown (H2H) organization in Tacoma, Washington. H2H works with a coalition of community partners to build community and establish support networks around our veterans and their loved ones.
BEST is honored to be one of the community support partners and wanted a personal and special way to share our appreciation to veterans.
BEST Veteran Appreciation project leads, BEST Board Director and Support Group Facilitator, Jeff Hartson, and BEST Gratitude Specialist and local artist, Diane Rasch, coordinated a team of BESTies to create the unique and special cards of thanks with a heartfelt message of thanks.
Several of these special cards from the BEST community are shown in the picture above.
Thank you Jeff, Diane and all the Tacoma-area BESTies who participated in this project.
Most of all, thank you to our veterans. We appreciate YOU!