Online and local support for wounded warrior caregivers
Hearts of Valor (Operation Homefront)
Hearts of ValorTM 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.
We have several Hearts of Valor support groups in different states around the country. To find a group near you, log in and view our list of support groups.
Loved Ones of Combat Veterans (PTSD & TBI Support)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are unseen and often misunderstood injuries seen all too commonly in our combat veterans. There is little in the way of resources for the families of these veterans so this group is to help support those who support our veterans.
Wounded Warrior Project Connect
A private online community, WWP Connect™ was created for the exclusive use of alumni, family members, caregivers, and WWP staff.
Here you can chat, share stories, add videos and photos, or write a blog about a favorite topic.
You will also find details about upcoming WWP events and program news. Using WWP Connect, it’s easy to stay in touch with the people you meet at Alumni events.
Family Support Retreat (Wounded Warrior Project)
These weekend all-expense-paid retreats are hosted at numerous locations around the country. The retreats provide an opportunity to get some much-needed rest and rejuvenation. The intimate retreat size, usually 25 participants, allows family members to connect with others experiencing a similar range of emotions in a safe and comfortable setting.
The retreat kicks off with an ice-breaker reception and dinner. Participants hear from speakers like program staff member Anna Frese, sister of a Wounded Warrior. Each retreat provides participants with the opportunity to expand their relaxation and coping skills with small group activities led by trained and licensed counselors from the Give-An-Hour Program. Other activities may include spa treatments or outdoor team building. Depending on the retreat location and season, participants can spend their free time relaxing by the pool, golfing, shopping, hiking, indulging in spa services, experiencing a new adventure like horseback riding, or simply unwinding.
Retreat weekends are filled with exciting opportunities for new friendships and these bonds continue long after the conclusion of the retreat itself. WWP staff assemble a comprehensive contact database to ensure everyone can stay connected.
All travel expenses to and from the retreat are paid by WWP; however, a credit card is needed when checking in for personal incidentals. The Friday and Monday surrounding the retreat weekend are primarily used for travel, and departure and arrival times are flexible.
Hearts of Valor Retreats
Those close to service members are all too familiar with both the invisible and visible wounds that come with war. With those injuries come a host of circumstances that may feel unbearable. At our Hearts of ValorTM retreats, you don't have to feel that burden alone.
At the HOV retreats, you will be able to share your story with other people that have found themselves in similar situations as you and learn how to cope in your role as a caregiver, learn more about:
- Invisible wounds such as PTSD and TBI
- How to cope with your role as a caregiver
- Deep relaxation techniques
- Solutions unique to your needs
The retreats are within driving distance and are of no cost to you. The registration fees, meals, and hotel room are all free.