➣ Annual Opus Peace Award

Each year, Opus Peace recognizes someone whose personal and professional life acts as a beacon for peace. Nominees must demonstrate leadership in addressing the SOUL INJURY that veterans and traumatized people often experience. This year, for the first time, we have TWO recipients: Amber Nikolai Public Relations Director, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Tracy Rosinski, Manager of Business Development at Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, Green Bay.

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Amber Nikolai and Tracy Rosinski

 2015 Recipients

You two are a team who know how to work together in a partnership that exemplifies the leadership required to bring attention to SOUL INJURY — a topic that most people avoid. You two have had the courage to not only raise awareness about SOUL INJURY, but to address it, TOGETHER. I cannot tell you how proud Opus Peace is of both of you and how inspired we are by your devotion to the men and women who have served our country and communities. In fact, our whole team has been so inspired by you two, that we are launching a campaign to name 9-11 as “National Soul Injury Awareness” day in your honor.

Amber, you are an Iraq War veteran, and you have taken the needs and concerns of your comrades to heart, “rallying the troops”at King Veterans Home and us at Opus Peace to get the job done. Your passion is fierce, tireless, and unrelenting. And I know this passion comes from a single source – your love for your fellow comrades.

 Tracy: You are NOT a veteran, which in some ways make your contributions even more remarkable. Your compassion for responding to the soul injuries that Veterans, First Responders, and traumatized people have sustained is nothing short of astonishing. You demonstrate to every civilian here the responsibility that we have, as citizens, to help heal our nation after war and trauma. You demonstrate to every organization how agencies such as Heartland Home Care and Hospice can be trustworthy stewards of veterans’ and first responders’ hopes for healing soul injuries.

Jim Rudolph 2014 Recipient

It is with great respect and admiration that the first Opus Peace award is presented to Jim Rudolph, proprietor of Veterans Funeral Care in St. Petersburg Florida. Jim’s passion for Veterans and their families is quickly evident to anyone who is around him for even a few minutes. His courageous advocacy for responding to the Soul Injuries that veterans and their families sustain has allowed Opus Peace to develop a powerful, effective ceremonial workshop. “I heard the term ‘soul injury’ and something leapt out. I had to respond because I had listened to the stories of hundreds of Veterans and their families and ‘soul injury’ captured what I had heard. Now, I’ve used the term with others and they have the same reaction. I just want to help as many veterans as possible have the opportunity to heal from their soul injuries.” Jim and Veterans Funeral Care sponsored the first Soul Injury Ceremonial Workshop that allowed a national prototype to be developed. When asked to provide the opening welcome at the workshop, Jim said: “I’d rather not. I’m doing this for the Veterans. I don’t need to get anything else out of it. I just want to be in the background and support what you are doing to heal soul injuries. I don’t even want our logo used. No one needs to know.” Humility…Thank you Jim for reminding us how it creates the space so we can be fueled by Grace.

Education. Compelling workshops presented in unusual and engaging ways on intriguing topics: Soul Injury, Soul Restoration, Aging, Personal Healing, Veteran issues, Self-Care, Chronic Illness, End-of-Life care, Spiritual Growth, PTSD, Forgiveness, Good Grief.

Low-cost Retreats. 1, 2, or 3-day retreats in your city or ours (Tampa). Topics include: Soul Injury, Soul Restoration, Personal Growth and Healing, Forgiveness, Aging.

Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops. Caregiving, whether personal or professional, takes a toll! Understandably, we often disconnect from the pain. Disconnecting from the part of self carrying the pain contributes to loss of energy, emptiness, and compassion fatigue. This 4-8 hour ceremonial workshop will provide a restorative experience for your staff or your patients’ families.

Soul Injury Ceremonial Workshops. We will help your community organize, plan, and implement a ceremony for combat veterans which helps them lay down any burdens of unmourned grief or unforgiven guilt they may still be carrying. The gaping hole in our society from the aftermath of war can be healed!

Book Circles for Personal Growth.Utilizing the book, The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill, we will help you grow small communities of people who want to cultivate pervasive personal peace.

Book Circles for Veterans. Utilizing the book, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families, you can become an agent of healing for our nation’s heroes by hosting a book circle for veterans and their families.

Free web-based Materials, Tools, Resources, and Blogs.

We offer these services with our Opus Peace prayer: Cultivate in me, oh God, the willingness to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of myself so that I might be restored to Your wholeness. Grow in me the honesty, humility, and courage to release my fears of who I am and who I am not. Fuel me with your Grace. Amen