The US Military Chaplain Service has been awarded significant funds to host marriage retreats for US troops on bases and at hospitals. This effort is worthy of praise because a tremendous need and a multitude of US military and veteran married couples are asking to attend such retreats in an effort to save their marriages. — We receive heart-breaking requests frequently.
However, having a marriage retreat on a military base or in a hospital, would never be a venue we would choose. – We believe that with the immense stresses that these couples endure, they need a real “retreat.” — We take them to beautiful settings and luxurious resorts. — It has a big influence upon their psyches. And they deserve it!
And we keep our retreats small. Being with a small group of peers is vital to the atmosphere we create. — We reinforce this by meeting in a large and very comfortable livingroom in a Master suite. — The couples sit on the couches and on the floor together. – It is almost like a “sleep over” atmosphere.
We also go to dinners and lunches together at nice restaurants. Everyone talks and a real close, tight-knit group and friendships develop. — These relationships are critical to our success. The couples who attend continue to talk about the retreat, to remind eachother of our lessons, and to encourage eachother in their marriages long after attending. — Some of these couples also attend our other retreats as peer counselors and to share their stories.
It takes about 5K to hold these. — But this technique has proven to be the most effective of any other method.
If you are able, any amount will help: Please donate HERE.
Mark & Tori Baird
CEO HirePatriots.com &
Patriotic Hearts 501c3 non-profit
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