Military Widows Come to San Diego with Their Children For Healing, Connecting, and Fun

Weekend-long event helps widows and their families face challenges of loss, build connections, and embrace life again.
July 11, 2014 - PRLog -- San Diego, California- The American Widow Project (AWP), a National nonprofit dedicated to uniting, empowering, and educating military widows, with the support of local businesses, will hold a weekend retreat on Aug 15-18, 2014 in San Diego, California. Six military widows from around the country will meet to share their stories, connect, and renew their hope for the future along with bringing their children along.

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 sailing with Stars & Stripes USA 11 and participating in a kayak tour with Everyday California, which helps 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 relationships 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 San Diego, Stars & Stripes USA 11, Everyday California, Flippin’ Pizza, Marketplace Deli, The Deli Llama, Elisa Lozano 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 non-profit 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 or call 1.877.297.9436.

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