Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Healthy Families Retreat April 26 thru 28

Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Healthy Families Retreat April 26 thru 28

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Healthy Families RetreatHere's an event for your military family that you may want to check out. The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is inviting military familieas and veteran families to the Healthy Families Retreat this April 26 thru 28. This is a great opportunity for families to learn and play together while gaining skills to help foster resilience.


April 26 -28, 2013
Check In: Friday 4pm
Conclusion: Sunday 12pm

Location: "Westview on the James" Camp
1231 West View Rd Goochland, VA 23063

Sacrifices inherent in serving our nation such as deployments, and recovery from physical and invisible wounds take a toll on warriors, spouses, and children. This weekend event will help parents and children build communication, conflict resolution, and coping skills to foster resilience among military and veteran families.

Nestled in Goochland Virginia, Westview on the James offers a rustic setting to learn and play! Parents and school-age children will participate in both separate skills-building workshops and family activities that promote bonding and togetherness.

Open to all military and veteran families coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress and traumatic brain injury. ** Note this event is most appropriate for school age children who can function within a group environment both with and without their parents present.

Accommodations:
Rustic cabin lodging is available but limited so REGISTER soon!
Meals and recreational activities are also included for registered families.

The event is FREE, but registration is required. Please contact Sophia Reed at 804.819.4221 or email your contact information to: reeds[at]rbha.org.

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