Operation Second Chance

Operation Second Chance

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1303 Red Lodge MT 59068

Contact Person: Hank Tuell, Director of Retreats Program  hank@operationsecondchance.org

Phone Number: 406-425-4875 and 888-OSC4VETs ext. 701

Operation Second Chance Website: http://www.operationsecondchance.org/

Mission Statement: “We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals, by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.”

Programs and Services:  OSC recognizes the stress families experience from combat-related trauma and the importance of strong family support. We see the struggles that take place with families trying to reconnect and regain the “normal” in life after returning home from a warzone with severe injuries. We also understand how a positive attitude can impact the recovery process. One of the many ways OSC assists our wounded warriors and their families is by providing retreats that facilitate this part of the recovery process. We provide short local overnight trips to those who need a quick getaway but do not have the ability to go very far from the care received at the hospital or from their chain of command. We also provide week-long retreats for those who are further along in their recovery and are able to get away for longer periods. During our retreats we offer many different activities for the individuals to choose from, as well as give wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to rest, relax and complete activities on their own. All OSC retreats are all-inclusive and have no cost to our recovering service members and their families.

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Coaching Into Care

Coaching Into Care

National Phone Number: 1-888-823-7458

Website: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/

Information Email: CoachingIntoCare@va.gov

Services: Coaching Into Care works with family members or friends who become aware of their Veteran’s post-deployment difficulties—and supports their efforts to find help for the Veteran. They provide encouragement and information about getting an evaluation and services, “coaching” with family members or friends to help motivate Veteran for evaluation/consultation and referrals to services for veterans and their family members.

Warrior and Quiet Waters Foundations

Warrior and Quiet Waters Foundations

Street Address: 1087 Stoneridge Dr. Bozeman, MT 59718

Website: http://www.warriorsandquietwaters.org/

Eligibility: Veterans of the US military forces

Mission Statement: To provide traumatically injured U.S. servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan with a high quality restorative program, utilizing the therapeutic experience of fly fishing on Montana waters.

Program: WQW brings wounded warriors to Montana for a six day program of fly fishing and recreation. Most warriors who come are still in rehab in the military hospital system. As part of the program these veterans learn to fly fish on Montana rivers and in the neighboring Yellowstone Park. The program provides transportation, accommodations, meals, and gives each warrior a complete fly fishing outfit including rod, reel and waders to keep so they can continue to fish after leaving Montana.

Costs of Services: None