In order to be able to better serve veterans who have lost hope from PTSD, Operation: Warrior’s Path has plans to expand its PTSD treatment facilities by purchasing acreage in Central Texas. Warriors following The Path program will be able to stay at our retreat center ranch as they go through the healing process. The ranch will serve as our primary PTSD retreat center, and we hope to successfully provide 50-60 veterans with treatment within the Warrior’s Path program every year.
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The Warrior’s Path is a 5-7 day PTSD treatment program that takes place at a quiet retreat center in Texas. The Path teaches veterans to shape their own futures through alternative methods of PTSD therapy. For example, equine therapy, in which veterans learn to control their adrenaline and cultivate trust with horses, is a significant part of our approach. We also use art and music therapy, sports, team building exercises, labyrinth activities, and other strategies to help our vets successfully process their combat trauma. Veterans will have the opportunity to participate in both individual and group therapy for PTSD.
Veterans nominated to take part in our program will be able to explore different treatment approaches. By providing both PTSD counseling and a range of activity resources at our retreat, we hope to allow our program participants to find the therapeutic solution that works best for them. Everyone is different, and we recognize that each veteran may need a different therapy or combination of therapies in order to learn to cope with PTSD and better control their emotions.
At Operation: Warrior’s Path our ultimate goal is to keep veterans from getting to the point where they lose everything, their family or their career, and to stop them from pulling the trigger. We are here to help veterans re-establish who they are following their combat experience, learn to trust and engage others with a support network, and make the changes that are needed to successful integrate back themselves into civilian life.
Veterans’ accommodations will consist of 2 and 3-bedroom cabins that will be spread out around the ranch. There will be fire pits for outdoor gathering and peaceful meditation as well as the equine facility that is central to our program. Outdoor living space will also be central to the retreat, with covered porches and outdoor gathering places for each facility on the property. The ranch will also contain The Labyrinth, which is another type of therapy. In order to reach the center of The Labyrinth, warriors must symbolically lay down all of their weapons and all of their emotional baggage. Getting through the labyrinth is a rite of passage, and it’s designed to help those who enter to have a better understanding of who they are within in a safe environment. The ranch will be entirely ADA accessible.
Other treatments for PTSD at our facilities in addition to equine therapy include art and music therapy, sports activities and team-building activities where earning trust is key, just as it is with the horses the warriors will be working with. Medication alone is not enough to help the many veterans suffering with PTSD. Our retreat center is a mental training facility that takes our vets on a reflective journey. Our program incorporates elements of military training and habits to help ease warriors through the process in a way that they are used to training. It helps them discover who they are now and who they are meant to be moving forward.
Our programs, The Warrior’s Path and The Warrior’s Project, have been successful in helping veterans with PTSD with little to no hope left. Our program and our PTSD retreat center are unique in that they bring warriors together again to fight through one last major battle. Our program is directed by veterans who have suffered from PTSD and who have won their internal war.
Do you know a veteran that could benefit from PTSD treatment at our retreat center? Nominate him or her today for the Warrior’s Path and help them take the first step towards living a life free of PTSD.
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Be a part of the fight against PTSD by helping Operation: Warrior’s Path to build and sustain this life-saving retreat for the veterans that have served our country. Veterans and their families deserve more than to be left to deal with PTSD on their own, and should never have to suffer from the tragedies that can result from that approach. Let’s make the Operation: Warrior’s Path retreat one of the best PTSD help centers for veterans in the country together.