For more than 30 years, Outward Bound has been proud to deliver wilderness expeditions for our nations' veterans. These expedition, customized specifically for veterans and active duty service men and women, are designed to help ease the often difficult transition home by drawing on the healing benefit of the wilderness, teamwork, and challenge.
Thanks to generous support of our donors, these courses are available tuition and travel-expense free to any veteran or active duty service member that has deployed to a combat area.
These expeditions are designed to be fun and challenging. They are suited for those in good physical condition and are opportunities for veterans to:
Re-experience many of the positive aspects of military service through challenge and teamwork
Develop skills to assist them in adjusting to life at home
Candidly discuss obstacles faced by veterans
Rediscover their physical and emotional strengths
Help translate military values and commitment to service in a civilian environment
Enjoy a unique and inspiring adventure surrounded by fellow veterans in the beauty of the country for which they have served
Why We Serve
Everyday men and women in uniform return from active duty only to face the unexpected challenges of readjusting to life at home. Here are some quick facts about what US veterans are facing today:
2-2.5 million soldiers, served in Afghanistan and Iraq
6,500 veterans committed suicide in 2012
27% met the criteria for drug/alcohol abuse 4 months after returning from deployment
20% of veterans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Results and Outcomes
A study conducted by the University of Texas invited veteran course participants to participate in a web-based survey two days prior to their course, within 48 hours after their course, and then again 30-45 days after their course. Outcomes were then measured against a control group of veterans that did not attend an Outward Bound course. Findings concluded that NCOBS program attendees noticed significant:
Reduction in mental health symptoms
Increase in openness to seek professional psychological help
Increase in life satisfaction Significant increase in motivation or behavior that promotes personal growth in one’s life
Decrease emotional restriction
Alumni Blog: 100% not what I was expecting
We all struggle in life – young, old, Veteran, civilian, male, female. There is no set criterion that limits life’s downfalls to a set group of people. How we choose to meet those downfalls head-on and make the appropriate course changes to deal with them is what sets us apart from everyone else. My short, yet amazingly sweet, trip with a group of Veterans has brought a sense of peace into my life that I could never fully repay. We all went out there, as complete strangers, for our own reasons, but fate would have us leave as family – always there for support and love when needed. While some were struggling with inner demons or nightmares brought back from war, I ran to NCOBS for more personal, and originally what I thought of as selfish, reasons. I didn’t want to be here, alone, for New Year’s. What ended up happening is coming to a realization that I was running from my life and everything that I hated about it – or myself. > Read the rest of this story.