WEATHERFORD — By JIM VINES
Over the past 10 years, different organizations have begun offering “retreats” or “camps” to veterans or their families, or both. Often, the retreats and camps are offered at little or no cost and are intended to provide the veteran 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 and camps available to the veteran and his/her family:
Camp Patriot is a five-star rated 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
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
The Lone Survivor Foundation ranch retreats are designed to focus on serving America’s wounded warrior along with their families as 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
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.