Over the past 10 years, different organizations have begun offering “retreats” or “camps” to veterans and/or their families. Often, the retreats/camps are offered at little or no cost and are intended to provide the veteran and/or family member an opportunity to experience a place and time specifically designated to them. Many of the venues have “themes” and many of those themes relate to experiencing connection with the natural world and with others who have gone through the same experiences. As with all wellness resources, it is a good idea to fully investigate the resource and to discuss it with your care team to determine the appropriateness of the event. Here are a few retreats/ camps available to the veteran and his/her family:
Camp Patriot - www.camppatriot.org. Camp Patriot is a 5-star rated 501c3 non-profit organization that has transformed the lives of hundreds of wounded and disabled veterans. This important task has been accomplished by fostering trusted relationships created through their unique outdoor programs. Each program is specifically designed to deliver a powerful life transformation.
Hearts of Valor - www.heartsofvalor.org. Hearts of Valor seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of the women who care for our nation’s wounded, ill or injured warriors by providing a community of support based on a foundation of empathy and mutual understanding. Hearts of Valor is a network created and maintained by Operation Homefront.
Lone Survivor Foundation - www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org. The Lone Survivor Foundation Ranch Retreats are designed to focus on serving America’s wounded warriors along with their families as a unit. The retreats are hosted by experienced therapists with the incorporation of activities concentrating on team building exercises. The ranch setting provides ample opportunity for relaxation with a healthy environment.
Operation Restored Warrior - www.operationrestoredwarrior.org.Operation Restored Warrior’s mission is to raise up these wounded warriors to speak, share and move with courage and certainty in order that those held captive to their experiences may find a way to be released from their tragic memories.
Camp Hope - www.chrisnealfarm.com. Camp Hope introduces the outdoors to disabled veterans, enabling them to continue their rehabilitation doing things they loved before their injuries or illnesses. Camp Hope was started after the son of William and Galia White’s son, Christopher Neal White, a 23-year-old Marine, was killed in Iraq in 2006.
Chaps Vets - www.chapsvets.com. Established in 2004, Chap Vets has recently expanded to provide assisted activities and equine leaning for veterans. Chap Vets provides therapeutic riding, equine-assisted activities, vocational rehabilitation and equine facilitated learning and psychotherapy opportunities for veterans receiving in-patient VA services.
These are just a few of the many retreats/camps available for military veterans and their families. Take the time to carefully research these and any other locations, as well as consulting with medical personnel.
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