We hold those spouses, that have chosen to walk the journey with our soldiers hand and hand through good times and bad, in very high esteem and believe they need a little TLC for themselves. The Warrior Bonfire Project not only wants to offer a fun excursion for these special people but provide the opportunity to see what a WBP trip is all about, giving them a perspective much like what their husbands or wives experience. However, there is a main difference...shopping, art, and tours in place of hunting, camping and fishing!
Recently, four lucky ladies enjoyed a weekend on Eagle Lake with some superb dining provided by our very own chef, Larry Ables, a sunset boat cruise, tours of antebellum homes Anchuca and Duff Green in Vicksburg, an art class with Lisa Grant, lunches at Cafe Anchuca and the famous Walnut Hills round table, shopping at local outlets, and of course a bonfire with an official American flag retirement ceremony. Jennifer Deming, participant of the Spouses Weekend stated, "The Bonfire was amazing, I really enjoy being with ladies that are or have gone through the same things as I am. Lets me know I'm not alone."
As with all Warrior Bonfire Project excursions, plenty of time is made for rest and relaxation which encourages the creation of new friendships and support. Again, this time is not only for the spouses to connect but shows them the importance of the same experience for their husbands or wives that have served. Giovanna Williams, wife of one of our WBP Inspiration Warriors and Spouses Weekend participant, when we asked what do you see as an important need for combat wounded veterans, she stated, "Being able to relax and connect with their own feelings as well as being able to support each other and allow them to know they are not alone."
Helps us to help them not to feel alone!
Please visit our photo gallery to see more fun from this fantastic weekend adventure!
Welcome to our first blog posting! We have been hard at work at the Warrior Bonfire Project, organizing our organization. Crossing our T's and dotting our I's all while providing the service that we have all set out on a mission to do. Right out of the gate, we began pulling together small groups of combat wounded veterans, getting them out to hunt, fish, and ski because we felt it was needed. The Bonfire was our focal point and inspiration from the get go and everything else just seemed to fall into place!
Since we started in January 2013, we have hosted several trips for both veterans and their spouses. We have hunted close to home in Mississippi, skied in Colorado, enjoyed a football game in New Orleans and much more! Our plans for the future are big and wide with the hope to become a reliable resource for those that have sacrificed for our freedoms.
Plans are in the works to organize fundraising events to regularly fund our efforts, build a permanent home base that our Bonfire alumni can come out and enjoy on a regular basis, partner with other organizations to fill needs that will directly benefit the needs of our alumni, and build programs that connect our youth to our veterans to foster pride, respect, and admiration for those that serve. All of our plans are centered around improving the lives of our veterans that deal with daily lifelong challenges that are physical and mental.
We invite you to check back regularly, follow us, comment, give us your feedback, introduce us, support us in our efforts. If you are a combat wounded veteran or know a combat wounded veteran, please contact us.
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Blogs are written by staff members of the Warrior Bonfire Program along with guest writers.