Operation Heal Our Patriots

Operation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars that help strengthen their relationships with God and others and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at our Alaskan wilderness lodge. We continue to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority.

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Semper Fidelis: A Marine Marriage Story

Marine Corporal Jason Hallett, a triple amputee, and his wife Rachel are each other's heroes. They remain positive and upbeat despite numerous challenges. Operation Heal Our Patriots, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, helped them when they needed time away to focus on each other, and staff continue to follow up with them through our aftercare program.

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A Great Debt

Samaritan's Purse ministers to combat-wounded veterans and their spouses through Operation Heal Our Patriots. Rusty Dunagan, a triple amputee injured in Afghanistan, and his wife Angie are among the more than 500 military couples who have participated in this Biblically based marriage enrichment program since 2012.

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What Is Operation Heal Our Patriots?

Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan's Purse, works to strengthen the marriages of wounded veterans by offering the healing and hope found in Jesus Christ. Through our Biblically based marriage enrichment experience in Alaska and long-term aftercare program, troubled marriages are being saved.

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Bikers Ride to Support Operation Heal Our Patriots

Motorcyclists, including Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham, rallied in North Carolina to support military marriages on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21. Profits from the fifth annual High Country Warriors Ride benefit Operation Heal Our Patriots, our ministry to wounded veterans and their spouses.

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Military Couples Regroup and Reenergize

About 240 veterans and their spouses gathered April 1-3 for the 2016 Operation Heal Our Patriots Reunion. They heard from a powerhouse group of speakers that included Franklin Graham, retired Army Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, Michael and Amy Smalley, and Greta Van Susteren.

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A Firm Foundation

Operation Heal Our Patriots is a ministry developed by Samaritan's Purse to strengthen the marriages of military couples as they cope with life-changing injuries. Wounded veterans and their spouses come to Alaska for a week of biblically based marriage enrichment, and many leave with a new relationship to Christ.

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Refusing to Quit

Tom Wollney, a retired U.S. Navy air rescue swimmer, and his wife, Brandy, who also served in the Navy, struggle with Tom's paralysis. They received the counseling and encouragement they needed during a week in Alaska through Operation Heal Our Patriots.

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"I Needed Saving"

Long deployments and hospital stays kept Sergeant Shane Zavodny (US Army, Ret.) and his wife, Christal, apart for much of their marriage. Operation Heal Our Patriots gave them the opportunity to find lasting peace.

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Grace to Live Again

Staff Sergeant Todd King USAF, Ret. dedicated his life to serving his country. In 2004, a suicide bomb almost claimed his life, but God had other plans for Todd and his new bride, Laci. Operation Heal Our Patriots gave this special couple a much needed opportunity to reconnect and heal.

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The Silent Killer

Gunnery Sergeant Edward Mertz, USMC (Ret.) and his wife Sergeant Jennifer Mertz, USMC (Former) knew their family was in crisis. After four deployments, Edward's battle with PTSD escalated to a breaking point. Jennifer reached out to Operation Heal Our Patriots in an attempt to help save their marriage.

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God Has Done Great Things

Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham describes an amazing season of Operation Heal Our Patriots, our marriage ministry to wounded veterans and their spouses.

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Set Free

Couples dealing with the burdens of war come to Port Alsworth, Alaska, to be set free and embrace their marriages. Be encouraged by these military men and women who have bravely fought for our country.

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Strength to Overcome

SPC Ken Doyle (US Army, Ret.) lost his arm to an IED that claimed the life of his team leader. Since that tragic day, Ken's severe TBI and PTSD have been constant companions in his marriage to Erica. Operation Heal Our Patriots helped them rekindle and strengthen their love for Christ and for each other.

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Walking by Faith

Sergeant Carlos Evans (USMC, Ret.) lost both legs and his left hand in the line of duty. His life is proof that all things are possible with God. Operation Heal Our Patriots was honored to host Carlos and his wife Rosemarie in Alaska.

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Love After War

What happens to a young couple's love story after the trauma of war and the struggle to overcome PTSD? Gabe and Jenny Watt share their story of love and commitment.

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From Head to Heart: A Family Changed

Sergeant Jeremiah Marcum joined the Marine Corp after 9/11 and deployed several times until he was hit by an IED one Christmas Eve. Jeremiah and his wife Janice attended Operation Heal Our Patriots in 2013 after hitting "rock bottom." He is now retiring as an active duty Marine and takes a moment to reflect and share his story of how God changed his life and his family.

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Warrior Ride 2015

The 4th annual High Country Warrior Ride benefits Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Riders gather in Boone, NC, to support our wounded veterans and their spouses.

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What is Operation Heal Our Patriots?

Find out how Samaritan's Purse is serving wounded veterans and their spouses through a wilderness retreat in Alaska.