I have been working on a program for soldiers returning from Iraq in the state of Georgia that I think will be a model for the nation. The project was initiated by the non-profit organization Warrior2Citizen (W2C), started by Brig Gen John Owings (Ret.) and Col. Michael Roberts (Ret.), and includes Ross Mason, Vice Chairman of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Neil Shulman MD, Pastor Jimmy Haines of the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA and Robert Verhey, Executive Director of the Veteran’s Innovation Center (VIC) in Washington D.C. Today we met with Bo Callaway, former secretary of the Army and US representative from the State of Georgia, who made the first contribution to the program, and stated that the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Georgia (which he owns) would be available as a site for the program.
Callaway Gardens, Georgia.
The program is planned to involve a 30 day retreat for returning soldiers and their families with educational and recreational activities to help them re-integrate into society and re-connect with their families.