Durango woman brings healing touch to veterans, others

By Mia Rupani, The Durango Herald

DURANGO, Colo. — Janna Schaefer brings a healing touch to people across Colorado and those in developing nations such as Nepal.

Schaefer is a fourth-generation Durangoan who has a range of interests: She is the owner of Healing Touch of Durango, a holistic energy-based practice, and is involved in the organization of several nonprofits and support groups in the Four Corners.

She is a mother of five and has a long history of involvement with military families: Her husband, Steve, served in the Gulf War, and her father was a World War II and Korean War veteran.

After her husband died in 1993 as a result of his service, Schaefer wanted to find a way to help other military families, and anyone else who might be suffering.

“I always had a heart and passion for military and their families,” she said. “I wanted to help others that are hurting in some way.”

Schaefer started working with Disabled American Veterans, coordinating drivers to take veterans to and from the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

She joined the TAPS Peer Mentor Program, acting as a mentor for other military spouses who lost a husband or wife, which she continues today.

Schaefer is also the co-founder of the first Colorado chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, which provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in the military.

Through Blue Star Mothers of Durango, Schaefer helps organize Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, now in its 13th year.

The annual event honors fallen soldiers and brings inspiration and support to Gold Star families left behind.

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But her involvement with military families does not stop there: Schaefer also helped start Four Corners Veterans Stand Down in 2014, an annual, one-day job and health fair for homeless and at-risk veterans who live in Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata and San Juan counties.

“We try to find the homeless and at-risk veterans to get them connected with jobs, houses and education,” she said.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that on average, 20 veterans a day …read more

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