Welcome Home Program for Returning Combat Veterans
Free Weekend Retreats in Payson
The Merritt Center is offering a special educational retreat program for combat veterans. With the assistance of mentors, who are veterans themselves, and healing practitioners; returning vets will open the program with a Talking Circle to begin to release the experiences of war, and to begin to create the dream of a new life.
Through group and individual activities, participating veterans will learn to recognize the triggers of negative combat experience and learn ways to release negativity and reorder their personal priorities. They will learn to cleanse themselves of toxins of mind, body, emotions and spirit. The final retreat weekend will include family members who will join in a celebration of service and the awakening of a new vision of their future.
All returning veterans are welcomed to participate free of charge.

Men 2017 Retreat Dates
Four Free Weekends
for combat vets:

March 17-19
May 19-21
July 14-16
September 15-17

Men 2017 7-Day Vet Program:
May 17-23

Women 2017 Retreat Date
Four Free Weekends
for combat vets:

February 24-26
April 21-23
June 9-11
August 10-12

Women 2017 7-Day Vet Program:
April 19-25

September 7-10, 2017
Train the Trainer Overview Workshop
For those leaders starting a program for returning veterans in another locale based on this program. This is a mirror of the four weekend retreat program. Call Betty for more information. Lodging/food: $300 shared room; $485 single.

7 Day Intensive Training Workshop
For those who choose to create a Vet Program in their own locale. Scheduled with 4-6 register. $725 meals/lodging only.




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Application & Prescreening (PDF)
(Fill it out and mail or fax it to us.)
Application & Prescreening (DOC)
(In MS Word format fill it out on your computer and e-mail it to Betty.)
For support e-mail:

Mike G mikegrill@gmail.com
Rudy G rudygarza.43@gmail.com
Norm S norms51294@gmail.com
Joe M marlene1369@q.com
Laura M, lauraleemicks@gmail.com
Tal P tmarie129@gmail.com

Veterans Blog Ramblings
Report by the DOD Task Force
on Mental Health