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.
A devastating tornado tore through Lee County, Alabama, in March 2019. In its wake, military couple Josh and Amber McCart volunteered with Samaritan's Purse to help bring relief to hurting homeowners, despite Josh having lost part of his right arm serving in Iraq in 2007. They seized the opportunity to give back, having been blessed attending Operation Heal Our Patriots in 2015.
Franklin Graham is in Alaska this Fourth of July ministering to military couples through Operation Heal Our Patriots. He assures wounded veterans and their spouses that God has good plans for them and their marriages.
The eighth annual High Country Warrior Ride to support Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse dedicated to helping wounded veterans and their spouses strengthen their marriage and build their faith, took place on May 18 along the scenic roads of western North Carolina.
Army Staff Sergeant John Hosea was severely wounded in Afghanistan and his combat-related injuries threatened to destroy his marriage. His wife, Sara, reached out to Operation Heal Our Patriots for help. She applied to the program, and they were accepted to go to Samaritan Lodge Alaska for a week of marriage enrichment. There, God brought a new peace to their lives and their marriage.
Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan's Purse, provides wounded veterans and their spouses a week of physical and spiritual refreshment in Alaska. In addition to participating in exciting outdoor activities, couples learn from marriage classes led by retired military chaplains and focused on providing Biblical solutions to relationship problems.
The seventh annual High Country Warrior Ride raised money to support the work of Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan's Purse aimed at strengthening the marriages of wounded veterans. Couples accepted into the program come to Alaska for a week of Biblically based marriage enrichment.
Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan's Purse, provides wounded veterans and their spouses a week of Biblically-based marriage enrichment in Alaska, as well as long-term aftercare. Since 2012, 342 individuals have made decisions for Christ, and 428 have been baptized.
Hundreds of military couples gathered in Fort Worth, Texas, for the 2018 Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion. The weekend is a special opportunity for couples to renew their faith, strengthen their marriage, and enjoy fellowship with veterans from across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Three veteran couples attend Operation Heal Our Patriots retreat in Alaska in an attempt to heal their marriages.
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.
Franklin Graham welcomes Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale to Port Alsworth, Alaska, for a special weekend with our veterans.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/