In early Fall of 2006, the pastor of Park Valley Church in Haymarket, Virginia, asked the small group leaders to organize a unique community service project for their group. One of these small groups decided to host a “taste-of-home” Christmas celebration for service members undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center … now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. This event ignited a passion in the hearts of the group’s leaders who decided to continue hosting other events at military hospitals throughout the National Capital Area.
In 2012, an idea was presented to the group to establish a place where recovering Warriors and their families could come that would help them deal with their lengthy and challenging recovery process. As a first step, the group leaders founded Serve Our Willing Warriors as a non-profit organization.
In March 2013 a large, aging house, situated on 37 acres of land, was acquired to serve as the lodging house of a dedicated retreat facility. Once again, the intention was to provide a taste-of-home experience for our recovering Warriors but this time, in the form of a relaxing, cost-free respite, away from the medical center environment. Following a two-year labor of love, renovation work on the house was completed.
Serve Our Willing Warriors dramatically expanded the scope of its services on July 4, 2015, by opening the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run as a temporary home-away-from-home respite for recovering service members and their families. Since then, we have developed additional programs and services by networking with other organizations to assist the Warriors in the transitional journey to rebuilding their lives. The original small group of volunteers eventually grew into a coalition of individuals, small businesses, corporations, churches, and other organizations throughout the Northern Virginia area.