Since 9/11, over 2.5 million U.S. service members have been deployed overseas to combat terrorism in multiple theaters of operation. As a result, there has been an alarming increase among veterans in the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), difficulties in assimilating back into civilian relationships and, most tragically, suicides.
Numerous studies have indicated there is currently a shortfall in veteran access to mental health treatment that is projected to worsen in the near future. In response to this need, we are developing a new retreat facility, Guardian Hills Veterans Healing Center (a Missouri Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation), to serve the needs of Midwestern veterans and their immediate families. Guardian Hills will be a short-duration, high impact residential retreat facility in the Green Hills Region of Northeast Missouri that will provide veterans (and their partners) suffering from the effects of PTS and moral injury no charge immersive week long retreat programs in a rural setting.