Since 2001, over 6,800 service members have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. This number does not include deaths caused by service related illnesses or injuries, accidents, or military suicides from current and past conflicts. Often, these service members leave behind wives, fiances, or girlfriends who must not only cope with the loss of a loved one, but also rebuild their lives. The American Widow Project provides vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize healing and hope for a brighter future.
The AWP event includes activities such as a riding bikes downtown with Pedal Bike Tours and participating in a zip line course with Camp Dakota Family Camping and Adventures that help the widows break down barriers and encourage them to embrace life once again. These activities, along with the small number of attendees and diversity of the group, allow everyone to build personal relationshipsn and heal emotional wounds. Staying together in a single house, attendees are able to share memories of their fallen soldiers and struggles they’ve experienced as widows. Women leave with a critical support system as they return home with renewed hope for the future.
The American Widow Project would like to thank the city of Portland, Quintessential Inn Alberta Arts, Camp Dakota Family Camping and Adventures, Pedal Bike Tour, Pastini Pastaria, Hammy's Pizza, VooDoo Donuts, Cupcake Jones, Yoga Union, and all AWP supporters for their generous donations and assistance in helping give back to the families whose spouses have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation.
The American Widow Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to our Nation’s military widows. The mission of the American Widow Project is to connect military widows through peer based support programs, designed by military widows, to educate, empower, and assist them as they rebuild their lives in the face of tragedy. Through their programs, the organization has reached over 1,600 military widows nationwide and continues to support new military widows on a daily basis. For more information please visit www.americanwidowproject.org or call 1.877.297.9436.
American Widow Project
American Widow Project