Operation: Tohidu

A holistic retreat helping wounded warriors overcome obstacles to their recovery and supporting their successful reintegration.


A holistic retreat helping wounded warriors overcome obstacles to their recovery and supporting their successful reintegration.

Over the last fourteen years, America's Global War on Terror has produced more than a half million veterans with service-related injuries.

Thousands more are coping with invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These valiant warriors struggle to recover not only their health, but also their civilian lives finding jobs, rebuilding family relationships, and figuring out their new place in our communities. Their path is far from easy and many need our support. Melwood's Operation: Tohidu program is a series of retreats designed for wounded veterans and active duty military to help them overcome obstacles to their recovery and support their successful reintegration into their homes and communities.

“Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. Operation: Tohidu's experiential rehabilitation program focuses on confidence-building, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment using proven techniques for the self-management of symptoms, stressors, and responses. Our highly trained staff of certified recreational support professionals strategically implement activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life. By many accounts, it is one of the most intensive programs for veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD that is currently available in the eastern United States.

Program Overview

Operation: Tohidu is a 7-day retreat designed with the goal of enabling participants to heal from PTS(d) through experiential learning and other alternative therapies and interventions.

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  • Upcoming Retreats

    For more information and retreat schedule, please contact
    Michaela Fralen at mfralen@melwood.org or 301.599.2735

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    Cost: The weeklong retreat is free of charge to active and veteran service members, including accommodations and travel.


    Register: Complete the form by clicking the button below and reserve your spot at the next Operation: Tohidu session.

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Your tax-deductible gift will show these wonderful men and women that you are grateful for their service and extraordinary sacrifice. Your gift will enable Melwood to provide our wounded veterans with the resources they need to achieve the fullest possible recovery.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become an Operation: Tohidu sponsor and make your donation go even further. Sponsors will be recognized with signage at the Operation: Tohidu retreat site, on Melwood's website and social media, and in Melwood's annual report. As a sponsor, a number of special volunteer opportunities are also available. Explore the sponsorship levels below and contact Melwood to discuss sponsorship for this transformative program.


  • $75,000

    Homecoming
    Sponsor

    Supports 20 veterans

  • $37,500

    Patriot Defender
    Sponsor

    Supports 10 veterans

  • $18,750

    Liberty
    Sponsor

    Supports 5 veterans

  • $7,500

    Providence
    Sponsor

    Supports 2 veterans

  • $3,750

    Clean Slate
    Sponsor

    Supports 1 veteran

Testimonials

This [program] has clearly been put together by people who not only care, but truly understand what our veterans are faced with. America's military has always been good at turning civilians into Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, or Marines, but we have a great deal to be desired in turning them back into civilians.

Veteran and father of a veteran

I think the whole experience was summed up very well when it says that it's not about the end destination, it's about the journey and all the end destination is going to be great because you get to find out your new person and who you are. The journey of discovering that is more important than anything else.

AT2 USN

Learning more and more about myself, about my temperament, more and more about the resources that are available to me. That people actually really do care. That's been the best part about this.

SSGT USAF

Operation: Tohidu... I'm going to tell you right now... mind, body and spirit, community, talking. It's better than any drug.

PFC U.S. Army

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