Operation: Tohidu for Couples

A holistic retreat helping couples overcome obstacles and challenges to their relationships stemming from service-related trauma.

A holistic retreat helping couples overcome obstacles and challenges to their relationships stemming from service-related trauma.

Maintaining a healthy relationship can be hard work. When one or both of the partners have experienced service-related trauma, there is often a residual effect on the ability to maintain a healthy, supportive relationship.

Melwood Veteran Services’ Operation: Tohidu® for Couples retreats are held at Melwood’s Retreat & Recreation Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland, a peaceful and secluded area in southern Maryland. The retreats are intended for couples where one or both partners are struggling with the effects of service-related trauma. The retreat is designed to help them overcome obstacles to their recovery and support their ability to maintain a healthy relationship. It is a program run by veterans who have experienced this added strain on their own relationships.

“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 veteran facilitators, certified recreational support professionals, and peer mentor couples strategically implement activities that highlight individual abilities, strengthen relationships, and demonstrate the value of group support. As a result, couples leave with tools to help maintain a resilient and supportive relationship, leading to an overall improvement in their quality of life.

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  • Upcoming Retreats

    • September 10 -14, 2018
      Couples Session
    • September 24 -28, 2018
      Women's Session
    • October 8 -12, 2018
      Men's Session
    • October 22 - 26, 2018
    • November 5-9, 2018
      Women's Session
    • December 3 - 7, 2018

    For more information and retreat schedule, please contact
    Travis Rahill at trahill@melwood.org or 301-599-4550.

    Cost: The 5-day retreat is free of charge to veterans and active duty 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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Operation: Tohidu® for Couples is a 5-day retreat that serves 8-10 couples per cycle. The retreat is designed with the goal of helping couples to take back control over their relationships following service-related trauma through education, experience-based learning, peer support, group discussion, spiritual experiences and other alternative therapies and interventions.

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Your tax-deductible gift will show these wonderful couples that you are grateful for their service and extraordinary sacrifice. Your gift will allow 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


    Supports 20 veterans

  • $37,500

    Patriot Defender

    Supports 10 veterans

  • $18,750


    Supports 5 veterans

  • $7,500


    Supports 2 veterans

  • $3,750

    Clean Slate

    Supports 1 veteran

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For more questions, more information about participating in Operation: Tohidu or to explore sponsorship opportunities: