Operation: Tohidu for Women

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

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

Today there are over two million female veterans in the U.S. Many are still struggling with the effects of post-traumatic stress or military sexual trauma. One out of five female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. One out of four female veterans that use VA healthcare report experiencing military sexual trauma.

 These warriors struggle to recover not only their physical and mental health, but also their civilian or military lives: maintaining employment or duty status, finding jobs, rebuilding family relationships, and navigating their new place in our communities. Their path is far from easy and many need our support.

Melwood Veterans Services’ Operation: Tohidu for Women retreats are held at Melwood’s Retreat & Recreation Center located in Nanjemoy, Maryland, a peaceful and secluded area in southern Maryland. The retreats are designed for women veterans and active duty service members struggling with the effects of service-related trauma to help them overcome obstacles to their recovery and support their successful reintegration into their homes and communities. It is a program run by veterans for veterans.

“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 mentors strategically implement activities that highlight individual abilities and the value of group support, leading to an overall improvement in 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 Women is a 5-day retreat that serves 8-10 women per cycle. The retreat is designed with the goal of helping participants to take back control their lives 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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…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 women 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: