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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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Operation Heal Our Patriots

Not Alone

Operation Heal Our Patriots strengthens the marriages of combat-wounded veterans and their spouses in Jesus' Name. The project has created a special family bond between these military couples.

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So Much to Live For

A decade in the military, including combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, took a heavy toll on Army Sergeant First Class Gabe Salas and his wife Celia. A week in Alaska for marriage enrichment through Operation Heal Our Patriots gave them the tools they need to keep their focus on God, growing stronger as Christians, as spouses, and as parents.

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Rebuilding Marriages Wounded by War

Retired Army Staff Sergeant Luis Chavez and his wife Nancy found a safe place to rebuild their marriage in Alaska through Operation Heal Our Patriots. They committed their lives to Christ and rededicated their marriage.

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I Still Love You

Retired Army Sergeant David Eves and his wife Betsy have dealt with a traumatic brain injury together for years. Operation Heal Our Patriots helped them reconnect with each other and discover God's healing love.

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Overwhelmed by Love in Alaska

Army Staff Sergeant Walter Brown sustained multiple injuries while serving in Iraq and has struggled with transitioning to civilian life. Through Operation Heal Our Patriots, Walter and his wife Elana were reminded of God's love for them and their commitment to each other.

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All Part of God's Plan

Marine Corporal Cody Jones and his wife Alexis have dealt with a war injury and the death of a child during their young marriage. Operation Heal Our Patriots provided a time for the couple to regroup and reconnect in Alaska.

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New Start for Military Marriages

Veterans and their spouses are experiencing God's healing love through our Operation Heal Our Patriots project in Alaska. During Week Two, Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham saw 10 participants baptized beneath the cold waters of Lake Clark.

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2017 High Country Warrior Ride

More than 100 motorcyclists took to the scenic roads of western North Carolina on May 20 to support Operation Heal Our Patriots.

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Triumph After Trauma

For Army Sergeant Tad Sullenger and his wife Felicia, divorce was on the horizon. But God had different plans, and their lives began to change in Alaska through our Operation Heal Our Patriots project.

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A Part of the Family

Nearly 300 military couples gathered in West Virginia for the 2017 Operation Heal Our Patriots Reunion. It was time to reconnect with their spouses, with each other, and with God.

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A New Path for Military Marriages

Army Sergeant Brett VanSteenberg and his wife Audrey enjoyed wilderness adventures, discovered tools to build a better future for their marriage, and received new life in Christ while in Alaska through Operation Heal Our Patriots.

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Caring for Military Couples After Alaska

After attending a week of marriage enrichment in Alaska, military couples receive long-term care and support from Operation Heal Our Patriots chaplains.

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At Peace

Soldier Josh Grzywa responded to the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. After years of unrest, he and his wife Neysa found the peace of Christ in Alaska and were baptized in Lake Clark on September 11, 2015.

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Reflections on War and Healing

Veterans and their spouses reflect on past battles and find hope for God-filled futures at Operation Heal Our Patriots in Alaska.

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Willing to Give All

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, her daughter Bristol, and Bristol's husband Dakota Meyer-a Medal of Honor recipient-welcomed combat-wounded veterans and their spouses to Samaritan Lodge Alaska this Labor Day weekend.

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Alaska Governor Encourages Veterans

Alaska Governor Bill Walker and his wife Donna visited Samaritan Lodge and thanked combat-wounded veterans and their spouses for their service. The Walkers met with Franklin and Jane Graham and 10 military couples in Alaska through Operation Heal Our Patriots.

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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.

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An Arrival to Remember

Operation Heal Our Patriots couples received a once-in-a-lifetime surprise as they stepped off the plane in Alaska. The Robertson family, of “Duck Dynasty” fame, stood in line to greet them along with Sarah and Todd Palin! As surprised as the couples were, Jep Robertson commented “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done.” Watch the touching scene unfold.

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A Beautiful Healing

"How can you look at this beauty and not believe in God?" Set in the breathtaking majesty of God's creation, Operation Heal Our Patriots is providing a unique ministry for wounded military couples. For some on the brink of divorce, their week in Alaska is the last hope. In this video, take a look at the beauty of nature, and the beauty of God's healing.

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Changing Lives through Operation Heal Our Patriots

Three veteran couples attend Operation Heal Our Patriots retreat in Alaska in an attempt to heal their marriages.

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Behind the Scenes of Operation Heal Our Patriots

Take a look behind the scenes of Operation Heal Our Patriots and meet the people dedicated to creating a haven for veterans. Each summer, Operation Heal Our Patriots gives 150 military couples the opportunity to reconnect and heal in the Alaskan wilderness.

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Operation Heal Our Patriots Reunion

Operation Heal Our Patriots participants from the past three years reunite in Asheville, NC. Our annual reunions give veterans and their families the opportunity to reconnect, relax and receive additional marriage enrichment training.

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Reuniting Veterans

Veterans reunite with Operation Heal Our Patriots in Asheville, NC at the Billy Graham Training Center.

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Samaritan's Purse in Alaska

Samaritan's Purse has served the people of Alaska for more than 20 years. Franklin Graham thanks Governor Sean Parnell for his support of Samaritan's Purse Alaskan relief efforts and Operation Heal Our Patriots.

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Rebuilding Marriages

Operation Heal Our Patriots gives veterans and their spouses the opportunity to reconnect and heal relationships strained by the lingering effects of war.

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Operation Heal Our Patriots Welcomes Greta Van Susteren

Franklin Graham welcomes Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale to Port Alsworth, Alaska, for a special weekend with our veterans.

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Reuniting Veterans

Veterans reunite with Operation Heal Our Patriots in Asheville, NC at the Billy Graham Training Center.

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Patriots Reunion at The Cove in Asheville, NC

Veterans gather for an Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC with Franklin Graham

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A Place Where Marriages Are Healed

Military heroes and their spouses are experiencing God's best for their lives and their relationships through Operation Heal Our Patriots. See couples grow closer to each other at the Samaritan's Purse wilderness lodge in Alaska.

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Always Faithful -- The Aftercare of Operation Heal Our Patriots

Operation Heal Our Patriots is dedicated to help our wounded veterans even after they return from their experience in Alaska. Find out what this project means to Nate and Amanda Paterson as they share their story of loss and renewal. To find out more visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/about-operation-heal-our-patriots/

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Fishers of Men: The Impact of Operation Heal Our Patriots

Meet Josh Sanner, one of the fishing guides for Operation Heal Our Patriots. From fishing trips to marriage classes, watch as he discusses the incredible ministry going on in Alaska for wounded veterans. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/patriots.

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A Heart for Veterans

Meet a couple who are dedicated to serving America's military by greeting couples arriving in Port Alsworth, Alaska, for Operation Heal Our Patriots with Samaritan's Purse.

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Finding Strength in Marriage

Meet Emil and Devon, a military couple whose marriage had fallen apart. Watch their amazing story of healing and how they learned to become even stronger in their commitment to one another after participating in Operation Heal Our Patriots.

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A Relationship Restored

Watch as military couples renew their vows at the Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion. The wounded military members and their spouses grew closer together while enjoying a wilderness retreat and marriage enrichment classes in Alaska.

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Finding God in Alaska

The hardships of combat had taken a toll on Felix and Sandra Rivera's marriage. Their road to healing included being a part of Operation Heal our Patriots.

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Bikers Ride for Operation Heal Our Patriots

Watch as a group of 45 bikers ride their motorcycles to raise awareness and money for Operation Heal Our Patriots, a program that helps wounded veterans and their spouses reconnect after deployment.

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Military Couple Heals Marriage at Samaritan Lodge

Meet the Aquino's. Sam was wounded while on deployed in Afghanistan. Having been married for 13 years, Sam describes their marriage as an uphill battle. Watch what their stay at Samaritan's Lodge did for their relationship.

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Relationships Restored

Watch as military couples renew their vows at the Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion. The wounded military members and their spouses grew closer together while enjoying a wilderness retreat and marriage enrichment classes in Alaska.

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2014 Operation Heal Our Patriots Warrior Ride

Samaritan's Purse is home to the third annual Operation Heal Our Patriots Warrior Ride. This year 150 riders rode 95 motorcycles over 100 miles to support our wounded veterans.

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Operation Heal Our Patriots - Dedication

Sharing God's Healing Love with Wounded Military Heroes and Their Spouses

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Operation Heal Our Patriots Focuses On Healing Marriages

Watch as young couples experience the Samaritan Lodge as part of Heal Our Patriots. Injured service members and their spouses receive a week of recreation and counseling as our way to say "Thank you" for serving our nation.

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Samaritan Lodge Opens Doors to Patriots

Check out the new Samaritan Lodge in Alaska that serves to provide a place of comfort and healing to wounded service members and their spouses.

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Virtual Tour of Samaritan Lodge Alaska

Welcome to the virtual tour of Samaritan Lodge Alaska! As part of Operation Heal Our Patriots, the Samaritan Lodge serves to provide a place of comfort and healing to wounded service members and their spouses.

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Wounded Veterans Strengthen Their Marriages

Watch to find out how Operation Heal Our Patriots serves wounded service members and their spouses by providing a safe and fun environment in the Samaritan Lodge Alaska. Together, the couples get to take time to work on their own relationship and move on with life after the injuries they faced during service.

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Iraq Veteran Heals in Alaska

Meet Ken. He was stationed in Iraq when his vehicle was hit, but he was miraculously spared despite some injuries. Watch as he talks about how Samaritan Lodge Alaska has helped him and his wife reconnect after enduring such a difficult time in their lives and relationship.

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What is Operation Heal Our Patriots? (2013)

Find out how Operation Heal Our Patriots is serving wounded veterans and their spouses during and after a weeklong retreat at Samaritan Lodge Alaska. Samaritan's Purse brings wounded and injured veterans and their spouses to our wilderness lodge in Alaska in Port for a week of rest, relaxation, and spiritual healing through Operation Heal Our Patriots. During their stay, couples enjoy outdoor activities while learning how to strengthen their relationships and their families through marriage enrichment courses rooted in the foundation of scripture. After the retreat, an aftercare program allows for continued healing and accountability as we follow up with couples. For more information or to apply, click here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/about-operation-heal-our-patriots/ "Spiritual Support for Wounded Veterans" It’s easy for wounded U.S. service members and their spouses to feel recharged and renewed as they spend a week in Alaska through Operation Heal Our Patriots. The loving Christian atmosphere, the focus on God, time together as a couple, and plenty of new friends bring relief and comfort. But after that week, couples return home to many of the same daily struggles they faced before: raising kids, coping with new physical limitations, negotiating layers of military bureaucracy, wrestling with painful memories both waking and sleeping, and figuring out how to pay stacks of bills. The veteran and caregiver can quickly feel overwhelmed again. Read more here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/beyond-alaska/

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