The effects on the Canadian Armed Forces members who spent time in Afghanistan has been well documented. We owe a great deal to our brave friends, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers that spent time representing Canada under such severe circumstances. Many still struggle with their combat experiences, and many try to come full circle by embracing their experiences and using them to grow.
Kelsi Sheren is one vet who has worked to overcome these effects and is now using her skills to help others still in need. Kelsi served on the front lines in Afghanistan in 2009 and was diagnosed with severe PTSD, returning home to Canada in 2011. Her counselors recommended that her treatment include art therapy, a system that uses artistic outputs to help release the feelings held inside. Kelsi’s favourite outlet became jewellery making, and soon an idea was born.
Kelsi developed a line of jewellery which led to the creation of a company in 2014. This has not only helped her healing process, but also allowed her to support other veterans who continue to face incredibly difficult and painful life struggles.
Using brass reproduction bullet shell casings as a wearable symbol of strength, her jewellery creates a positive symbol. The company BRASS & UNITY donates a portion of their proceeds to veteran assistance organizations both in Canada and around the world. The word BRASS in BRASS & UNITY is an acronym for ‘Bravery Retired Assistant Soldier Support’ and in unifying the public with the military and the veterans.
Donations in Canada support many veterans and their families through these and other organizations including Honour Home B.C. Light on PTSD Vets Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada
Each piece comes with a Veteran Crisis Online Hotline information card as well as an info card regarding the support for struggling veterans.
“BRASS & UNITY IS MORE THAN A NAME. IT’S THE VERY DEFINITION OF WHAT WE DO – UP CYCLE BRASS IN AN EFFORT TO CREATE UNITY FOR STRUGGLING VETERANS”
Here at The Shop For All Reasons we carry their handcrafted rope and Warrior bracelets, as well as their sunglasses. Pieces are designed for both men and women. Each Warrior bracelet contains semi precious stones such as black onyx, hematite, sodalite, rhyolite, banded agate, black lava rock, amethyst and rose quartz. Bracelets also contain a forged reproduction of a brass shell casing that has been melted to the exact specs of a previously fired casing that is laser etched with their logo. Rope bracelets are adjustable in size, while the Warrior bracelets come in small, medium and sometimes large.
The stylish sunglasses, made for men and women as well, have an 18kt gold plated reproduction casing in each temple. They are scratch resilient and have a polycarbonate frame which makes them extremely light weight. They are made with a category 3 lens that provides extra protection from both visible and UV light, typically blocking 80% or more of the light. The sunglasses are ‘one size fits most’.
“BRASS & UNITY – INSPIRED BY IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS. CREATED TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF VETERAND. WORN TO SHOW LOVE & SUPPORT”
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