The Callaway Homecoming Iniative (CHI), a program a year-long in planning between our group at Emory, the Callaway family and Callaway Gardens, and Fort Benning and the Maneuvre Operations Center for Excellence, starts this Wednesday and will go for 10 days Apr 25-May 6 2012.
The Callaway Homecoming Initiative is designed to help members of the U.S. Military reconnect with their families and assimilate into a peacetime home environment upon return from combat deployment. Set on 13,000 acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in west-central Georgia, this program brings soldiers and families together at no personal expense in a spectacular and serene setting, far from the stress and anxiety of war. A series of classes, developed in partnership with Emory Universitys Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, features experts providing information to soldiers and families about unique aspects of being part of military families and transition from the combat theater. Military families also participate in a regimen of outdoor team challenges including a timed adventure race, a zipline course, a laser tag competition and more. Ample time is built for recreational activities as well, including golf, tennis, fishing, bicycling and hiking. When the days activities end, military family CHI participants unwind in Callaway Gardens Southern Pine Cottages, set in a secluded woodland environment and equipped with screened porches, full kitchens and fireplaces. With all expenses paid and a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of the combat-to-peacetime transition, CHI is a win-win prospect for everyone soldier, family and
society at large.
Special thanks to all the volunteers including Callaway and Emory staff and the mental health professionals who volunteered their time to give the talks and workshops to soldiers and their families!
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