Local Anchorage Business Helping Vets for Thanksgiving

A business in Anchorage is planning a different kind of Thanksgiving this year with the goal of helping veterans. Your Alaska Link’s La’shawn Donelson explains how the business hopes to give back to the community. 

A woman veteran owned business called Elevated Oats has a new campaign called Thanksgiving Away. And the idea is to help raise awareness for alternative therapies for those who experience post-traumatic stress disorder. In a storefront off old Stuart Highway in Anchorage sits elevated oats with workers preparing a fresh batch of granola. Elevated Oats is doing something special for the month of November, all to help veterans and others who’ve experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.

“My business partner and I are both veterans, and PTSD doesn’t only affect veterans. 70% of Americans are affected by some type of traumatic event in their life. So we want to bring awareness to PTSD, and a portion of our sales this month are being donated to Mt. Sinai as a center for psychedelic psychotherapy and trauma research.”

Elevated Oats is celebrating Thanksgiving away all through November.

“We partnered with I believe, 11 different businesses from here in Alaska, and it’s very wellness based.”

The co-owner of Elevated Oats knows all too well the effects.

“I have PTSD. I’m a disabled veteran myself, so it’s close to home. I also witnessed my mom suffering mental health issues growing up. Then when I was in the military myself, I. I saw a lot of people going through trauma, but not knowing where.”

Elevated Oats is hoping Thanksgiving away will provide some of the help veterans suffering from PTSD needs. For more information on Elevated Oats this month’s campaign or on how you can contribute to veterans, you can visit elevatedoats.com/giving-away

La’shawn Donelson Your Alaska Link