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In our research of other programs, several other non-profits have encouraged us to start small and build our way up. Great logic, right? It’s the American way. You start with the hot dog cart on the corner and years later, your restaurants are franchised all over the country. It’s how you do a good thing. We get that paradigm.

But, for us, this is not the right thing to do in this instance. We mean no disrespect to the stated mission of other organizations, but here’s the nitty gritty on this one.

Nobody asked these guys if there were willing to start small and build up to something big. They are expected to put their lives on the line every day.

What message are we sending our vets? We are all aware of the multi-million dollar playgrounds that exist all over the world for the privileged upper classes. What message do our vets receive when they attend a weekend event at a campground? They enjoy it. It’s fulfilling. It’s wonderful to be singled out for special care and recognition. No complaints here. It’s a good thing. But…

Our vision demands us to create a dedicated program lodged in a dedicated space. A place that isn’t going anywhere. A place that isn’t threatened by funding cuts or foreclosure. This place is committed to staying and performing it’s mission and creating an ongoing relationship with those that we serve. Many of our wounded warriors were wounded because they didn’t run from the conflict, they stayed in place and put themselves in harm’s way in order to complete their mission. They deserve this same treatment from us.

Imagine what it would feel like for a wounded warrior and their family to enter a beautiful place that had been set aside for them, and them alone. A place that was designed, engineered, and planned with them and their family’s specific needs in mind. At a dedicated environmental education center located on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland,  its founder, John Erickson, had the same goal in mind. The facility was designed to impress. It’s programs were top-notch. The  inner-city school kids and teachers alike were dumb-founded to realize that someone had gone to all this trouble for them.  For many of these kids, they experienced hope and a turning point in their lives because of their time spent in such beautiful and dedicated surroundings.

Wounded warriors and their families will experience some of the most beautiful areas of Colorado on their healing retreat at the Wounded Warrior Restoration Center.

Dedicated. Our combat veterans have proved their dedication. It’s our turn now. Please help us fulfill this big vision which will have big results in the lives of our wounded warriors and their families. Donate now or contact us with your ideas to help.