Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend a free veterans voluntour and marriage enrichment retreat in Sequoia National Park on July 20-22, 2018. Couples from throughout California will be gathering in Sequoia National Park to preserve on of our nation’s most cherished National Parks. Not only will they be volunteering to restore these world-renowned resources, they will also be working to restore their marriages, a process that can be difficult when transitioning to civilian life.
Unfortunately, the divorce rate among veterans has reached an alarming 80%. In support of initiatives to address the high divorce rate, Nature Corps, a park volunteer organization, in collaboration with the Veterans Administration and the National Park Service, has developed the VIP (Veterans in Parks) program.
Through the seminar series “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage”, marriage counselor, author, and speaker, Chaplain Norris Burkes, will present this highly humorous and successful marriage program to military couples to help them address the unique challenges they face.
The goal is to allow couples to build upon the personal rewards that they experience through building their conservation legacy and, within the grandeur of Sequoia National Park, offer them a unique opportunity to rededicate themselves to their marriage and to the well-being of their family.
“This is an enormous win-win for our veterans and the national park”, remarked Sequoia Superintendent, Woody Smeck. “More than ever our parks need volunteers to heal and preserve our land. In exchange, the parks will be a place of respite and healing for our veterans as they work to meet the challenges of day to day life. Here, among the giant sequoias, there is an element of timelessness that will allow them to reflect on their lives and refocus their priorities and commitments. There would be no higher calling for our parks than to honor and support the veterans who fought for the freedoms that we enjoy across our land.”
Veterans and their spouses can get information and register for the event at: http://www.thenaturecorps.org/tour/sequoia/ For more information contact the Nature Corps at 1-800-774-PARK or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Nature Corps:
Mission: To preserve the splendor of the California’s state and national parks by mobilizing a well-coordinated volunteer corps to implement priority conservation projects. Nature Corps is a nonprofit organization established in 1987 by Mark Landon to provide conservation volunteers to preserve the natural resources of our National Parks.