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I’m leaving with a sense of renewal and refreshment.

A Spouse

I am more at peace this week than any time since I can remember.

Vietnam Vet

They had to drag me here.
Since my wife died I have been alone, but am not alone anymore.

OIF Vet

There was good support in the group. Humor was very important.

A Veteran

I haven’t been on the battlefield but I’ve experienced trauma, too.

A Spouse

You are all going to have a place in my heart.

A Veteran

PTSD and the Veterans Freedom Retreat

The numbers are staggering.

  • Nine percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report PTSD symptoms immediately upon returning. Thirty-one percent additional vets report symptoms a year after deployment.
  • Vietnam veterans report lifetime rates of PTSD ranging from 10% to 31%.
  • These numbers don’t include those who never report their symptoms.
  • Half of those who report symptoms never receive treatment. And of those who seek help, only half receive “minimally adequate” treatment.
  • Approximately eight million people are diagnosed with PTSD in any given year.
  • There are 123,000 veterans in Tarrant County, Texas.
  • As many as 50%-60% of civilians experience traumatic events during their lives. Ten percent of those will develop PTSD.

What do all these numbers mean? They mean you are not alone. Other veterans have been where you are.

This is why Veterans Freedom Retreat is here to help you.

Veterans Freedom Retreat

The Veterans Freedom Retreat is a week-long retreat for veterans and their partners where you’ll begin your journey to being free from the stress of past traumas.

Experiential Education

The Veterans Freedom Retreat includes dynamic and experiential educational opportunities. You’ll explore what triggers your PTSD episodes and how to control your triggers; how to better communicate with family, friends, and coworkers; and you’ll learn how to rebuild any damaged relationships you may have.

Native American Ceremonies

Native Americans have a rich history of honoring warriors, welcoming them home with dignity, and helping them cleanse war stains from their hands and hearts. We incorporate the symbolism and power of these ceremonies to help our warriors find freedom from the trauma of war.

Daily Counseling

You and your partner will participate in daily sessions with certified counselors. You’ll also receive follow-up phone sessions with the same counselor for the six months following the retreat. This intensity and consistency has the potential to provide tremendous results beyond anything you’ve previously experienced.

Alternative Specialty Sessions

Each day you’ll experience alternative specialty sessions that will give you creative tools for overcoming stress and anxiety. These sessions incorporate the latest in research-proven techniques to change your life.

Specialty Sessions

Here are some of the specialty sessions you can enjoy while attending a Veterans Freedom Retreat.

“Once dismissed as mere acrobatics with incense, yoga has been found to help ease the pain, stiffness, anger, night terrors, memory lapses, anxiety and depression that often afflict wounded warriors.” Research shows that trauma-sensitive yoga, which focuses on stretching, breathing techniques and meditation, can help you regain your inner balance, calming that part of the brain that has become hyper-aroused under severe stress (source).
“I thought this was a joke,” recalled Staff Sgt. Perry Hopman, a medic in Iraq. “I wanted no part of it because, number one, I’m a man, and I don’t like holding a dainty little paintbrush. Number two, I’m not an artist. And number three, I’m not in kindergarten. Well, I was ignorant, and I was wrong, because it’s great. I think this is what started me kind of opening up and talking about stuff and actually trying to get better” (source).
Reiki reduces anxiety and improves depression symptoms. One recent study showed that clinically depressed participants who underwent Reiki treatments demonstrated both immediate and long-term improvements in depression, stress, and hopelessness (source).
Acupuncture helps reduce anxiety and stress. It’s administered by stimulating specific points in the body. These points control brain areas responsible for nervous functioning and stress levels. Pentagon research found that acupuncture relieved veterans of PTS symptoms, including reducing their depression and pain. These improvements were rapid and significant (source).

This can change your life.

It can be difficult to come to a retreat like this. People you don’t know. An unfamiliar setting. Dealing with your struggles. But please know, this is the safest, most life-changing, place you can be.

It’s time to get started.

It’s up to you to take the first step.

The retreat is free. The program works. Your life can be better. But it’s up to you to take the first step in your healing by contacting us.

Below are the action items that happen before the retreat gets started. Once you contact us, you can expect a quick response. But it’s up to you to get started.

Our next retreat starts on July 30, 2017

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Retreats are limited to ten veterans and their partners. Sign up soon to reserve your spot.

Find out more!

The retreat is free to any American veteran–and his or her partner–who has been diagnosed with PTS by the VA or a counselor. Request more information by clicking the More Info button.

More Info

Veterans Freedom Retreat Overview

Learn more about VFR and how you can help support a veteran and his or her partner experience freedom from PTS.

Our Next Retreat

Our next retreat is located in the North Texas countryside at Arrowhead Camp in Cleburne. View their webpage here.

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