Welcome Home Program for Returning Combat Veterans
Free Weekend Retreats in Payson
The Merritt Center is offering a special educational retreat program for combat veterans. With the assistance of mentors, who are veterans themselves, and healing practitioners; returning vets will open the program with a Talking Circle to begin to release the experiences of war, and to begin to create the dream of a new life.
Through group and individual activities, participating veterans will learn to recognize the triggers of negative combat experience and learn ways to release negativity and reorder their personal priorities. They will learn to cleanse themselves of toxins of mind, body, emotions and spirit. The final retreat weekend will include family members who will join in a celebration of service and the awakening of a new vision of their future.
All returning veterans are welcomed to participate free of charge.
Seeking Women Combat Veterans for our next FREE four weekend program starting Feb. 21-23, 2014. For more information on this retreat and resources for women vets contact us.

Men 2014 Retreat Dates
Four Free Weekends
for combat vets:

March 7-9, 2014
May 16-18, 2014
July 11-13, Sept. 19-21, 2014

Women 2014 Retreat Date
Four Free Weekends
for combat vets:

Feb 21-23, 2014
April 25-27, 2014
June 20-22, 2014
Aug 8-10, 2014

Overview of Training for Trainers:
June 26-29, 2014 for those leaders adding elements from this program to their programs.
Workshop, Lodging/food: $360.

Train the Trainer Intensive workshop for those leaders starting a program for returning veterans in another locale based on this program. This is a mirror of the four weekend retreat program. Call Betty for more information.
Lodging/food: $725.

Application & Prescreening (PDF)
(Fill it out and mail or fax it to us.)
Application & Prescreening (DOC)
(In MS Word format fill it out on your computer and e-mail it to Betty.)
For support e-mail:
Jeff - USMC or
Robert - Ranger
Veterans Blog Ramblings
Report by the DOD Task Force
on Mental Health

A New 7 Day Program for men Aug. 21-28, 2013

For women: Aug. 5-11, 2013


7 Day Programs:

Men: May 14-21, 2014

Women: Apr. 23-30, 2014