Military Widows/Kids Come to Pigeon Forge For Healing, Connecting, and Fun

Weekend-­long event helps widows face challenges of loss, build connections, and embrace life again.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Feb. 3, 2016 - PRLog -- 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 February 19-22, 2016 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 10 military widows and their kids from around the country will meet to share their stories, connect, and renew their hope for the future.

Since 2001, over 6,700 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 family adventures at Ober Gatlinburg, having them step outside their comfort zone at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving and art therapy by Jennifer Funk Designs. 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 Pigeon Forge, Ober Gatlinburg, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, Sevierville Bowling Center, Mellow Mushroom, Jennifer Funk Designs 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.

About American Widow Project

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 1,500 military widows nationwide and continues to support new military widows on a daily basis. For more information go to or call 1.877.297.9436.

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