Press Release--Fully Operational on Veterans Day 2015

October 8, 2015

                                    PRESS RELEASE                                                       

 Serve Our Willing Warriors Announces its Bull Run Warrior Retreat

Fully Operational on Veteran’s Day


HAYMARKET VIRGINIA: The culmination of many years’ labor of love involving hundreds of volunteer hours, community outreach and numerous fundraisers will be realized this Veteran’s Day when the Bull Run Warrior Retreat officially opens its doors as “a home away from home” for our wounded, ill and injured Warriors and their Families currently residing at the nearby military hospitals of Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir.

On Wednesday, November 11th (Veterans Day) SOWW will open its doors to the public from Noon until 3PM for guests to visit the Bull Run Warrior Retreat and tour the property before it goes fully operational the following day.

SOWW Founder and President Shirley Dominick: “Our goal was to create a growing coalition of aware, engaged and supportive individuals, companies and communities to work alongside us as we continue to provide ongoing support to our Warriors and their Families. We’ve been able to achieve that by sponsoring “Willing Warrior” hospital events and providing peaceful, restorative getaways at our Bull Run Warrior retreat.

Since its ribbon cutting ceremony on July 4th, 2015 SOWW has successfully hosted six groups of military guests during a “three-month test phase.” Once fully operational November, SOWW will hosts guests from Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Military Hospitals on an on-going basis.  Activities such as fishing, hiking, horseback riding, massage therapy, and counseling are among the services and activities offered.  In addition, our visiting chef’s program will be underway in November, giving guests a chance to experience the cuisine of notable local culinary artists.

Operating as a non-profit 501 (c) (3), SOWW was founded for the purpose of establishing a retreat for recovering service members from the clinical hospital environment.  In 2013, SOWW purchased 37 acres near Bull Run Mountain in Haymarket, VA., which included an 11,000 square foot house built in 1978. The structure underwent an extensive two-year renovation in order to transform it into the retreat. In addition to the thousands of volunteer hours given, the transformation of this property involved over 100 professional contractors donating material and labor exceeding one million dollars.

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Serve Our Willing Warriors is a Virginia, 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation.