Melwood Veterans Services’ Operation Tohidu® for Women retreats are held at Melwood’s Retreat & Recreation Center located in Nanjemoy, a peaceful and secluded wooded area in southern Maryland. The retreats are specially designed for women veterans and active duty service members struggling with the effects of service-related trauma. It is a program run by veterans for veterans.
“Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. Operation Tohidu’s® experiential program focuses on confidence-building, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment using proven techniques for the self-management of symptoms, stressors, and responses. Our highly trained staff of veteran facilitators, certified recreational support professionals, and peer mentors facilitate activities that highlight individual abilities and the value of group support to drive post-traumatic growth.
**The 5-day retreat is free of charge to veterans and active duty service members, including accommodations and travel.
All military/veteran families who contact us, or who are referred to us, are first assessed to determine if they need support and services now (i.e., immediate help) or if they may be scheduled for a retreat. Both options are geared toward reconnecting the families to each other and to their communities. All services provided are intended to help the families thrive today and into the future. All of our services are provided free of charge to participating military families.
Project Sanctuary also provides 24/7 Peer Support.
Hearts of Valor is a network of people caring for wounded, ill or injured service members, created and maintained by Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront seeks to support these caregivers in their own journey of healing by facilitating an online community that provides social connections to other caregivers in similar situations, fostering support groups by geographic area to encourage resource sharing and friendships, and sponsoring annual retreats to provide education on relevant issues.
They host support groups in several locations around the United States. The support groups are not led by professionals or certified experts. They are led by the members of Hearts of Valor that are willing to serve as facilitators. The goal of every group is to improve the lives of the people who are caring for wounded warriors.
In October of 2014, the Camp Patriot Veteran Retreat Ranch was established. Located in Northwest Montana this first-a-kind 90+ acre facility is a “living monument” to wounded and disabled veterans of all generations. The ranch allows us to offer a host of truly unique outdoor recreational therapy programs.
Warriors and Quiet Waters
Each FX brings qualified participants to southwest Montana for a week-long program of fly fishing and relaxation in the peaceful landscape characteristic of the Rocky Mountains. WQW works strategically with partner organizations in order to identify potential participants who meet placement criteria and are committed to positive change. Such partnerships have included Wounded Warrior Battalions and Warrior Transition Units. Warriors come from across the United States and all branches of military service, limited to those who have been combat-wounded and/or are currently struggling socially or professionally due to mental health conditions or traumatic brain injuries acquired during combat operations post-9/11.
Staff ensures that those who come to our retreats have opportunities to share their stories, their struggles and their celebrations. Our retreats are small – which help to create intimacy, trust and genuine fellowship. Some of life’s moments may be shared on the trail, around the campfire, on the dock, or in the hunting blind.
USING NATURE AND RECREATION TO HEAL THE SPIRIT
With its name derived from Homer’s epic poem about overcoming adversity and finding the way home, Project Odyssey helps you overcome combat stress through outdoor, rehabilitative retreats that encourage a connection with nature, your peers, Project Odyssey staff, and trained counselors.
Warriors face a range of challenges, and each individual’s needs are deserving of attention and care. During this 90-day mental health program, you’ll continue your journey toward recovery, make strides alongside fellow warriors at a multi-day event, and move forward with three months of follow-ups, goal-setting, and positive progress. From day one, and through all stages of your recovery, we are here for you every step of the way.
Couples Project Odyssey: Military experiences impact all relationships differently, and we’re here to support every journey. During this 90-day mental health program, which includes a multi-day event, you’ll learn skills to strengthen connections alongside a loved one, and continue with three months of follow-ups and support.
The Cohen Clinic uses evidence-based practices with a holistic approach to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Services are provided by trained and credentialed staff. Veterans and their family members are able to receive services individually and as a family unit at the same place with the same treatment team.
The Cohen Clinic will also help connect veteran families to community resources and services, as necessary.
Sandy Cove’s Operation Oasis ministry was designed to help military families reconnect following the long and challenging separation caused by war.
Project New Hope
Project New Hope was founded in 2010 and established in January 2011 by a disabled Air Force Veteran, William H. (Bill) Moore M.A. Our vision is one of hope for every Service Member, Veteran, Gold Star Honoree, Survivor and Wounded Warrior who has felt the impact of military service. We offer the chance for a full life without judgement for you, your spouse or partner and your children.
Project New Hope believes in the healing power of mutual support, targeted services and the camaraderie of friends. We welcome Veterans of all eras from across the United States. They have specific retreats for women veterans as well as LGBT veterans retreats.