Opportunities - Camps, resorts, retreats, theme parks, events
American Widow Project
The American Widow Project lists various events:
Camp Hometown Heroes (Campbellsport, WI)
Camp Hometown Heroes is a safe, fun and unique week-long overnight summer camp for children and younger siblings of fallen U.S. soldiers who died in any manner – combat, accidents, suicide or friendly fire. This camp is specifically designed to provide children ages 7-16 with opportunities for friendship, fun, acceptance, and personal growth. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists the children and teenagers will be provided the chance to grieve and heal. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, Camp Hometown Heroes is provided free of charge to all children who attend. Camp Hometown Heroes is operated in partnership between YMCA Camp Matawa, Kyle’s Corner, Kapco, Inc. and Hometown Heroes.
The debut camp takes place June 22-28, 2013 at YMCA Camp Matawa in Campbellsport, Wisconsin. The camp is provided free of charge to all of the children – many of whom are from low-income families. There is room for 75 kids. If you have a child outside Wisconsin we will consider providing transportation as well if we have sufficient funds available.
Champion Kids Camp (Houston, TX)
Champions Kids Camp is dedicated to the nurturing of children who have survived a traumatic injury, illness, or personal loss, such as the loss of a parent or sibling. This also includes separation from a parent who is serving abroad in the military or who have now returned home. Through a week-long camp, children between the ages of 8 and 12 are able to heal from the “emotional scarring” they have experienced in their young lives.
Camp consists of music, art, sports, recreation and special guests. Children are nurtured physically, mentally and emotionally. We teach them at camp that they are over-comers. Camp is free of charge to those who are accepted; we do fill up by our May 31st deadline (camp is July 21-26, 2013) so apply soon.
Comfort Zone Camp
Comfort Zone Camp is a non-profit bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year-round across the country. We have offices in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp (Washington County, MN)
The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp provides facilities and opportunities for recreation, rest, and well being for all women and men who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, along with their families. The campground is open to all military personnel in good standing: Active duty, Reservists/Guard, veterans, disabled, retirees, families and friends. Widows of fallen warriors,as long as they are not remarried, are welcome to come and bring their families with them. We ask for a DD214.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort Survivor Package (Germany)
Save 50% off room rates. The Survivor Support Package is designed to embrace and reassure our Survivors that our nation will always be there for them. The Family and MWR Command is proud to offer discounts at the Armed Forces Recreation Center Resorts honoring Survivors from all services.
Freedom Hunters - Hunting and fishing
Saluting the noble work of our courageous men and women of the Armed Forces is our mission. For the Gold Star families that have sacrificed all, we are working on retreats and individual opportunities to remember the brave. Families that know the full price of freedom hold a special place in our heart.
Good Grief Camps (TAPS and USO)
TAPS Good Grief Camp for children and teens provides a safe and supportive atmosphere to conduct activities and opportunities to learn coping skills, establish and identify support systems and create awareness that they are not alone in the grief of their loved one. Children and teens meet others of their own age group to share and learn, together.
Hope for Warriors Outdoor Adventure Program
Hope For The Warriors® Outdoor Adventures Program provides adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. Service members, who previously embraced an outdoorsman lifestyle, as well as those new to wilderness sports, are introduced to recreational opportunities on the road to recovery.
Hope For The Warriors® created the Outdoor Adventures Program in 2010 to provide adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. In 2012, the organization recognized the therapeutic benefits for the family members and expanded the program to include spouses and children of wounded and fallen service members.
House in the Woods, Inc
A free, outdoor self-help program which remains flexible to the needs of those whom we serve. The only expense to participants is their transportation to Lee, Maine. Using the recreational, therapeutic, and educational properties of Maine’s great wilderness and outdoor heritage, we form short-term retreats for participants to meet others with common military-related challenges and experiences. Activities are led by licensed Maine guides and staffed with caring volunteers and assistance from the local VA Center and health professionals from the community upon request. Maine is a four season climate, so activities will be dependent on weather and availability.
Hunters Helping Soldiers
The mission of Hunters Helping Soldiers is to provide a means to enhance physical and emotional healing through comradery during hunting and fishing trips as well as mentorship to help ease the transition from military life to civilian life and help families of returning, wounded, and mortally wounded soldiers cope with the challenges they face.
Knights of Heroes
The Knights of Heroes mission is to provide young men who have lost their fathers in military service the opportunity to experience character building events with the positive support of a male mentor.
Boys are given the opportunity to develop lasting friendships with similarly situated boys from across the country while participating in exciting outdoor activities in Colorado. The four elements of the "knight's code" are instilled through exposure to caring and compassionate men in an outdoor high adventure setting.
Families with boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are invited to attend at absolutely no cost. While the boys are at camp, the moms and daughters spend the week visiting sights in and around Colorado Springs. Lodging and travel arrangements are made for the families that attend from outside the local area.
Activities for the moms and daughters take place throughout the week. The camp was founded on Christian faith, but is not a Bible camp. Boys of all beliefs and from every background are welcome.
Military Families United - Gold Star Family Luncheons
Bringing families together to celebrate the lives of their Heroes and gain comfort only offered by those who have known similar loss is one of the most important services Families United provides. We host Gold Star Family Luncheons across the country to allow Gold Star families an opportunity to meet each other, tell stories about their loved ones, and share experiences.
Operation Ensuring Christmas
Operation Ensuring Christmas provides financial, moral and rehabilitative support to the Children of Fallen American Troops by providing them Christmas Gift Cards at Christmas and a ‘Christmas in July’, VIP theme park trip to Orlando Florida. This support is to help them recover from the grief and trauma caused by the ultimate sacrifice a child can make for their country...the loss of a parent in war.
Operation R&R (South Carolina, Texas)
The leadership of Operation R and R, USA identified a need to further support given to surviving family members of service members killed in the line of duty during overseas deployments. Recognizing the unique challenges these families now face, it was determined to expand the current construct of Operation R and R, USA to include a special part of Operation R and R, USA known as Families of Fallen Hero's Program.
Purple Heart Ranch (Sterling City, TX)
Military Warriors Hero Support Foundation
Purple Heart Ranch is open exclusively to combat wounded heroes and to Gold Star families. The ranch is also open to children of combat wounded heroes and those who have a parent currently deployed to a combat zone. Both the families of the wounded heroes and the parents of the children are encouraged to come and enjoy the experience with the hunters. There is fishing available at both properties and many other activities for the families. Both ranches are rich in history and are littered with Native American artifacts, especially arrow heads.
Creating memories for the children of fallen military heroes
Snowball Express is the charity for the children of our fallen military heroes. We started in 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of our fallen military heroes who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001. Memorials at a cemetery or listening to a long speech are not the kind of memories a child wishes to endure again . Yet that is how we honor our heroes...it is what adults do.
By attending Snowball Express a child can see that "service above self" is honored by others and is a value they should subscribe to as they continue to mature as adults. They also realize they can honor their fallen hero in ways other than by being sad or at a somber place. Snowball Express gives them a piece of their childhood back, allowing them to have fun and that it's OK to laugh.
Special Ops Survivors
Each weekend-long survivors’ conference is designed to be a practical learning experience providing life skills advice in areas such as coping and resilience, nutrition, and financial planning. Moreover, it is the bonding and connections forged amongst the survivors that are truly priceless.
Sportsmen's Foundation for Military Families
The Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families (SFMF), a charitable organization, is established to provide combat veterans a chance to participate in the hunting sports. Any combat veteran of the United States Armed Forces, or an immediate family member of a veteran killed in combat, is eligible to apply. Our hunts have proven to be extremely therapeutic to those in need. However, participation is not limited to those who have been wounded in battle or are suffering, any combat veteran may apply. All hunts are professionally guided. It is our way of saying thank you for your service.
TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar
Join us as we bring together survivors and leading professionals in the grief and trauma field, to share a weekend of understanding, hope, courage, and love.
Since 1995, TAPS has welcomed all who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving, providing a full weekend of events for adults and children alike. In Washington, DC, we are surrounded by the monuments of our nation that honor the service and sacrifice of our loved ones and remind everyone that “Freedom is Not Free.”
Wounded Warrior Family Support
Our mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.
Wounded Warriors Family Support owns five fully furnished condominium units for use by the families of our wounded or injured veterans and widows and families of our fallen heroes. Preference goes to those with children and the greatest financial need.
Four of our units are in the beautiful Bahama Bay Resort, minutes from Universal Orlando, Wet 'n Wild Orlando, and Sea World in Orlando, Florida. Passes are provided to families free of charge. Other opportunities include: The Victorian Resort, Take Flight Farms, Shenandoah, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Opportunities - Other
Tickets - Veteran Tickets Foundation
Our mission is to give without prejudice FREE tickets to dependants of KIA soldiers as well as active military and veterans as a way of saying Thank You! We team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million Veterans and Active Duty Military in the United States.
Vietnam - Operation Gold Star
Under OGS, DQS members will raise the necessary funds and make the necessary arrangements to allow the Gold Star Mothers, that wish to travel to Vietnam, to fulfill their dreams and desires. DQS members (at their own expense) will escort these Gold Star Mothers to Vietnam and to the Area of Operations in which their sons served and where their sons died. Gold Star Mothers have told us how they have longed to travel to Vietnam to see and experience the land that their sons knew and to visit the areas where their sons walked their last steps and took their last breath. They yearn for the peace of mind and closure that has eluded them all these many years.
LINK - A listing of organizations that desire to help make dreams come true for the military community.