Operation: Tohidu for Women

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

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

One out of five women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Today there are over two million women veterans in the U.S. Many are still dealing with the effects of PTSD, military sexual assault or trauma. 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 for Women 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. Guided by a Board-Certified Psychologist with Military and Programming Experience, our veteran mentors and 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.


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  • Upcoming Retreats

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


    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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Operation: Tohidu is a 7-day retreat with 98 hours of programming that serves 20-24 guests per cycle. The retreat is designed around eight pillars of treatment with the goal of enabling participants to gain or begin to gain mastery of their post-deployment situation through education, experiential learning, peer support, group therapy, spiritual experiences and other alternative therapies and interventions.

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…my background was in the military and my biggest issue with PTS is in relationship to military sexual trauma. As a young person that joined the military, I swore to defend my nation against the enemies that are foreign and domestic, not knowing that those domestic enemies were going to be somebody in your training class.

Maj U.S. Air Force

Operation: Tohidu is a place where you come to regain peace of mind to where maybe you won't have your mind racing 24/7 like you're constantly in danger.

A10 U.S. Air Force

I had become extremely isolated and really apprehensive about trying to interact with other individuals. I'm back now for the women's program with a stronger emphasis on how we, as women, have to continue to deal with military sexual trauma. I’m willing to share with the other women the experiences that I’ve had [at Operation: Tohidu]...that you are going to take out of this as much as you're willing to grasp.

Maj U.S. Air Force

…I was afraid of the judgment and the lack of understanding that I had received while [serving]. Once I got here, even the first night, it was apparent that that was not it. It was a completely different program. Different people. All these women understand what I went through and sympathize with me, and I've touched people that I didn't even think my story would even come close to their experiences. And that, in itself, was very comforting and humbling at the same time.

AC3 U.S. Navy

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


    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: