All 9/11 generation combat veterans are eligible, though DWS' target population is the Special Operations community - the world’s most elite fighting force. This focus comes from the origins of our first 4 guests to make their annual journey to Arkansas in 2002.
Help us build a new retreat cabin! Support our 2023-2024 Nature Heals Campaign
As the needs of our community grow, a new retreat facility with greater capacity and capabilities is necessary to provide year-round programs and services to more of the population that fought our Nation’s longest war. Having hosted 1,000+ over the past 8 years, we are very proud to our 0.0% suicide rate.
The goal of our 2023-2024 Nature Heals Campaign is to raise $2.5 million for a 9,000 square foot multi-functional facility that will meet the current and future needs of the Special Operations community. It will be entirely funded by the generosity of patriots who recognize the sacrifice – like you!
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Testimonials from those we serve
“Brian needed to go on that trip…I hadn't seen him smile or act like he actually enjoyed something in quite some time.”
- Ranger Wife
“I came to (Arkansas)…not really knowing what to expect. What I found was possibly the most significant opportunity to shed stress and share common issues with teammates and friends who go through the same challenges.”
- Navy Special Warfare Command Master Chief
“You have no idea the good you are doing here.”
– Delta Operator
“Amazing trip.....great organization, great people, and great hunting. The DWS Team has definitely put together something special.”
- Ranger First Sergeant
“Mike and I needed that trip – more than we really knew. Thank you for providing us the opportunity.”
- Special Forces Captain
I cannot begin to than you enough. That is the happiest I have ever seen my son. This weekend was EXACTLY what we needed!
- Navy SEAL after Father/Son deer hunting weekend