Warrior Beach Retreat is a time for veterans injured in combat, to enjoy a week long vacation at the beach.
While they are in bay county, they are treated like royalty.
A highlight of the retreat is the parade of veterans.
“That’s the parade that I didn’t get when I came back because I was medevaced in,” said Vernon Mitchell, retired Army. “So it was overwhelming.”
Mitchell said, seeing the residents of Bay County line the streets to wave and thank them for their service, brought tears to his eyes.
While the retreat honors those who went to war, it is also meant to be a counseling service for the veteran and their ultimate caregiver.
“PTSD, anxiety, depression, those are the type of things that I deal with, but she deals with it just as much as I deal with it,” said Mitchell. “That’s why they call them a caregiver, because she earns every bit of that title.”
Founder and president, Linda Cope, said she started the retreat after her son and his family were affected by his time in the service. She said she doesn’t want to see that happen to anyone else.
“We have a marriage meeting, when they first come here the first full day. And we have a chaplain couple here to talk to them if they need, need counseling,” Linda Cope, Warrior Beach Retreat founder. “It’s just a time though where they can reconnect as a couple.”
If you are interested in or know someone who would benefit from warrior beach retreat, it might be a while before you can attend.
There is a waiting list until 2020.
Warrior Beach Retreat meets in bay county twice a year.
For more information, visit http://warriorbeachretreat.org