Veterans returning home from a "normal" tour in a warzone will tell you that returning to everyday life is not easy. Returning can be even more difficult for family members who are struggling to understand the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in their loved ones after a combat deployment. In the end, reintegration between warfighters and their families is very difficult.
Now, try to imagine receiving a phone call where a stranger tells you that your loved one has been seriously injured while conducting combat operations. Your loved one is alive, but his or her condition is unclear, and it is unknown if they will survive. This situation has happened to nearly every one of the men and women we work for everyday. To obtain some semblance of normalcy, the warriors and families that survive combat trauma must work through the stress of these events and the lifelong changes that result.
OSC recognizes the stress families experience from combat-related trauma and the importance of strong family support. We see the struggles that take place with families trying to reconnect and regain the "normal" in life after returning home from a warzone with severe injuries. We also understand how a positive attitude can impact the recovery process. One of the many ways OSC assists our wounded warriors and their families is by providing retreats that facilitate this part of the recovery process. We actively work to get wounded warriors and their families out of their hotel rooms and the hospital environment to help them relax and reconnect.
We offer two different types of retreats depending on the individual's injuries and their ability to get away. We provide short local overnight trips to those who need a quick getaway but do not have the ability to go very far from the care received at the hospital or from their chain of command. We also provide week-long retreats for those who are further along in their recovery and are able to get away for longer periods. During our retreats we offer many different activities for the individuals to choose from, as well as give wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to rest, relax and complete activities on their own. All OSC retreats are all-inclusive and have no cost to our recovering service members and their families.
It is truly inspiring to see the impact Operation Second Chance is making in the lives of our wounded veterans and their families. We at Matan are honored to open our doors and our hearts to such a tremendous organization.Mark Matan, Principal, Matan Companies
Operation Second Chance has served as a primary community partner of Comcast SportsNet for a number of years. The organization does tremendous work for wounded veterans and their families, truly making a difference at a level rarely experienced in the community.Comcast SportsNet
I have the memory of first meeting Cindy permanently etched in my mind. She brought four wounded soldiers to a business dinner 7 or 8 years ago and each soldier stood up and told their story of the heart wrenching and horrific injuries sustained during the war.Tom Plant – President of Paul Davis Restoration of Suburban MD and Washington DC
We are proud to work with an organization who is not only shaping the lives of these wounded, injured, and ill veterans, but is also providing the local community with resources to be able to support the families as well.The Sergeant’s Program