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Military Couples Retreat

Rebuild Family Bonds with a Retreat for Couples and Family Members

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A family or military couples retreat can strengthen family bonds.

A family or military couples retreat can strengthen family bonds.

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Military couples and their children face numerous obstacles unique to the military lifestyle. Over time, deployments, mobilizations, PCSing, training ops and a host of other variables can take a toll on not only spouses but the entire family unit.

In an effort to promote healthy military marriages and strengthen family bonds, many organizations offer retreats. Some are designed for couples only, while others cater to the entire family.

Coming Home Project
Provides numerous workshops and retreats for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom servicemembers and their families. The programs are free of charge and held near San Antonio, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington DC.

Compass Retreat Center
Week-long camp in Seymour, Indiana for Reservists, Guardsmen and their families. Servicemembers must be home from Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom for at least six months before partaking in the program.

Opertation Oasis
To show appreciation to troops returning home from Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom, this program, sponsored by Sandy Cove Ministries, offers free retreats to servicemembers, their spouses and immediate family. If your schedule doesn't permit attendance to a scheduled program/activity they encourage couples or military families to book a stay during a time that's convenient for them.

Operation Purple
Sponsored by the National Military Family Association, this four-day program is for military families coming off deployment. To qualify, servicemembers must be back from deployment for at least three months but not longer than 15 months.

Project New Hope
Wanting to help military families with post-deployment reintegration, this three-day program is held in Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York for combat Veterans and their families. The retreat is free of charge and includes all meals.

Project Sanctuary
In an effort to strengthen marital and family bonds after deployment, military families may attend this free retreat held in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Applicants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis for the six-days, five-nights program.

Strong Bonds
Provided by the U.S. Army and conducted off-post in a retreat style environment, these chaplain-led programs are available to couples, families and individual Soldiers. For a listing of programs in your area visit the Web site or contact your unit's chaplain.

Check Locally
While searching for workshops and retreats, don't forget to inquire about unit-based and local programs. Many communities, especially those with a high military population, host events with a specific focus on military marriages and family matters.

The retreats listed above are designed to help military couples and family members reconnect and are not a substitute for marriage counseling or family therapy.

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