Fighting the Battlefield at Home
The next workshop is to be announced!
Between retreats ONF continues to provide individual veterans and caregivers with available contacts and resources for safety, wellness and growth.
Friday- Monday, January 13 – 16, 2017 – Bozeman, Montana
Hilton Garden Inn — 5:00 PM, Friday – Noon, Monday
ACTIVITIES: Equine skijoring by Gallatin Valley Skijoring Association, Bozeman Hot Springs, Spire Climbing Center and Museum of the Rockies. SPEAKERS: “The Power of Dogs” by David Riggs of K9 Care of Montana; “Better Sleep” by John Andrews, M.D. Sleep Medicine Specialist (has 2 sons serving); “Couples Empowerment – Beyond the Summit… A Life Transcended” by Marc and Gayle Hoffmeister; “Spiritual Fitness” by Veteran/MSU Minister Tylor Powel; “Suicide Prevention Intel” by Karl Rosston, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Montana DPHHS; “Therapy of Art Expression” by Sculptor Dennis Harrington; and “Quilts of Valor” gift presentations by Sheila Gaub.
Veteran and Caregiver guests tried-out skijoring for the first time at this transition workshop!
Friday, April 29 – Monday, May 2, 2016 – Bozeman, Montana… Lucky Dog Lodge and Luxury Larson Property.
This retreat was a follow-up from the September Montana event. Repeat veteran and caregiver guests were encouraged to attend along with first time veteran and caregiver attendees. Activities included Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Hot Springs, Login Gun Range skeet shooting and hiking. Speakers included psychoanalysis Dana Miquelle, MA; healing nutritionist Jacobus Hollewijn; Mary Quint, LCSW, Great Falls Vet Center; Aroma therapy by Seranna Nesmith; massage by Mindy Simkins and ONF’s Veteran mentor/Program Director Mike Mills.
SEE WORKSHOP PHOTOS: September 23 – 27, 2015 – 320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, Montana.
This retreat included classroom workshops on “brainspotting” by Psychotherapist Jeff Ryan; suicide prevention first aid training by MT DPHHS Karl Rosston; Bozeman VA Clinical Social Worker Linda Reinhart; Holistic Health and Nutrition by Melinda Turner; Veterans Yoga Project demos by Reeves Petroff; and ONF’s Veteran mentor/Program Director Mike Mills, Katie Chrzanowski, Nancy Chrzanowski and John Chrzanowski. Activities included a choice of horseback riding, fly fishing, yoga, hiking, Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Yellowstone National Park, sponsored by Xanterra and other relaxing activities.
April 30 – May 3, 2015 – Walker, Minnesota… Camp Bliss
April 7, 2015 – Mt Pleasant, Michigan… Soaring Eagle Resort
Jan 20 – 21, 2015 – Mt Pleasant, Michigan… Soaring Eagle Resort
Nov 6 – 9, 2014 – Ann Arbor, Michigan… Weber’s Inn
March 7 – 9, 2014 – Portland, Oregon… Shilo Inns
S.A.S., SEE WINTER PHOTOS: January 7-11, 2011 – Bozeman, Montana… Big Sky Resort
S.A.S., SEE SUMMER PHOTOS: S.A.S., July 17-23, 2012 – Bozeman, Montana… Big Sky Resort
Future workshop dates and locations to be announced! You may apply for future events not listed to get on a waiting list.
For more information contact:
Mike@operationnf.org / 320-282-2800
Linda@operationnf.org / 406-581-8358
Invisible Wounds… Trusting The Post-War Journey
ONF helps veterans and families strive for happier, healthier, peaceful and productive lives after war. Caregivers are welcome to attend with or without their veteran. Accommodations, food, speakers and activities are FREE for pre-approved veterans and caregivers. Travel to an ONF event is not included however paid airfare will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
ONF events are alcohol-free.
Each transition workshop may promote physical, psychological and spiritual wellness; and decompression through relaxing or thrilling outdoor recreational therapy; and mentorship. Each event will vary depending on location, time of year, guest speakers, activities and budget. Most events are held in Montana. Caregivers are equally supported and some workshops include programs for children.
These events are managed by veterans and caregivers… for veterans and caregivers.
Workshops are kept to a limited capacity so it is important to get applications in promptly. If no event is posted, you can apply now to be informed about future workshops/retreats.
You will receive a phone call if approved to attend the next event. Please then fill out an EVENT WAIVER of liability agreement and PHOTO RELEASE. Photos will be held privately and not shared without consent of attendees.
After attending a workshop, we would appreciate you filling out our QUESTIONNAIRE. Your opinion is very important to us!
Become an ONF Veteran or Caregiver Mentor
If you are a OEF/OIF war veteran who has been through successful treatment and/or coping with mental or physical scars, and want to help other veterans get there too, become an ONF veteran mentor.
If you are a resilient caregiver wanting to support other caregivers… Here you will create friendships that last a lifetime.
You can volunteer for ONF from your community by helping to send a veteran or caregiver of your choice to the next ONF Montana workshop or retreat. Call Linda for more information at 406-581-8358.
Veteran Mentors Kathy Champion and David Nicholson at an ONF S.A.S. retreat.
“Sports, Afield & Stream” (S.A.S.) Retreats
From extreme outdoor challenges to relaxing vacations, Sports, Afield & Stream (S.A.S.) was ONF’s first all inclusive outdoor program for physically and/or invisibly wounded OEF/OIF veterans. Veterans were offered lifetime opportunities to explore new skills through wilderness adventures, fishing trips, big game hunts, ranch vacations, dog mushing, ice climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain horseback riding, Yellowstone back-country treks, rock climbing and more! See S.A.S. Outdoor Retreats. Some of these activities are still offered through ONF’s workshops.
Warrior guest B.J. zip-lining at an ONF S.A.S. retreat.