Chaplain Seeks Seed Money For Retreat Business Helping Disabled Veterans
by Albert Wall
(Columbus, GA, USA)
For the last 20 years, my wife and I have poured our lives and care into soldiers and their families.
As a U.S. Army chaplain, I spent my career caring for soldiers, their spouses and their children through hardship, disability and death.
It breaks my heart that so many Veterans I work with now as a civilian come back home and seem to fall apart.
PTSD, alcohol abuse, unemployment and homelessness are rampant among our veterans.
They deserve better.
They deserve someone caring for them in their hour of need after suiting up and putting themselves on the line for so long.
My wife and I wish to establish a therapeutic farm and retreat center focused on helping Veterans get back on their feet and become stable and successful in the civilian world.
Our vision is a working farm and timber company that employs struggling veterans and provides mental health counseling and care while doing it.
Statistics show that those suffering with PTSD often respond quickly and with longer lasting effects if therapy is coupled with focused, physical projects like working in a wood shop, cutting timber, or working with their hands.
Imagine a place with a quiet, wilderness environment, staffed with professional, capable and caring peers that will take a Veteran by the hand (or collar if needed) and provide the day-to-day stability and healing environment they need to succeed!
Veterans could sign up for "tours of duty" of six, 12 or 18 month to work on the farm for room, board, and a small stipend … receive therapy … and receive training on new job skills.
We have the place. We have the dream. We have the ability. We need seed money, a grant or venture capital to get it started.
The retreat center will be self-sufficient in 18 months through a combination of farm and timber revenue and fees for conferences and retreats that groups pay for.
We anticipate gross sales of $75,000 in the first 18 months through timber sales and $50,000 a year after that through a combination of farming and fee-for-service.
Help us make a difference and give back to those who have given so much!