Turning Challenges Into A Challenge

Helen Phillips Staff Writer

July 15, 2022

Our recent Purple Heart Warrior Bonfire Retreat in Granby, Colorado with the impressive Rocky Mountains all around, provided the perfect setting for our veterans and activity duty members. Whether these individuals have been out of the military for a while or are in the middle of the transition to civilian life, our retreats offer open small group discussions at an opportune time! These discussions help open their eyes to a world where it is okay to talk about their struggles and helps them to see that there is a multitude of organizations, volunteers, and resources, ready and waiting to help them with whatever comes their way.

The transition from military to civilian life is difficult for many reasons, especially if the individual carries wounds from combat. Navigating the VA, managing medical issues, structuring your own day, finding a new path and purpose, along with adapting to family life at home, can be made incredibly easier by connecting with a small group of veterans that have been through that transition already.

While in Granby the group learned to fly fish, went hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park among the elks, kayaked on Grand Lake, and played a round of golf. “This was a good way to get out of the current routine, relax, share stories, and mourn, without financial stress.” Simon PH Member of WBP.
The point of these events is not only to have a little fun, but mostly to encourage our members to face what happened, acknowledge where they are now, and accept the challenge to move forward by choosing positive
 growth every day!  Learning about coping techniques and pushing themselves to obtain a joyous life, is where the most important healing happens.
Thank you to our donors and sponsors. Special thanks to the support of Project Healing Water, Granby Ranch, and Mountain Paddlers for their generosity of activities, property, and time!