Event to help recent veterans readjust to life at home

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Who:    Palmer Hills retirement community

What:   Auction to benefit Outward Bound for Veterans

When:  Oct. 22 from 2-4 p.m.

Where: Palmer Hills, located at 2617 Maplecrest Road in Bettendorf

Palmer Hills retirement community, located at 2617 Maplecrest Road in Bettendorf, will host an auction to support the Outward Bound for Veterans program, a not-for profit 501(c), on Oct. 22 from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited.

Many veterans, hardened by the realities of war, face depression, drug and alcohol abuse, failed personal relationships and unemployment as they struggle to readjust to civilian life. The Outward Bound for Veterans program provides challenging learning expeditions to encourage healing and rebuild confidence.

Outward Bound for Veterans helps returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

“I can now finally return whole to my family after 18 months of living as a stranger. The renewed perspective that this very unique program provided me has brought home the ‘old me’ who was left in Iraq,” said one veteran who participated in the program. “There is no measure for the healing I received from Outward Bound.”   

The cost for one veteran to complete an Outward Bound course is $2,000 and there is currently a waiting list of more than 500 veterans.

Holiday Retirement’s more than 300 communities are collaborating to raise funds for this unique program in hopes of allowing more than 600 veterans to participate. Holiday Retirement will also match every dollar donated.

Auction items will be donated from local businesses, and all proceeds benefit the Outward Bound for Veterans program. Palmer Hills will host an additional fundraising event on Nov. 12. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

To RSVP, or to learn more, please call Palmer Hills at 563-332-5955. Donations can also be made online at www.holidaytouch.com/outwardbound.

Holiday Retirement is home to more than 8,000 veterans and surviving spouses and remains the industry leader in supporting veteran-related causes. Visit www.holidaytouch.com/veterans.aspx to learn more.

Palmer Hills, located at 2617 Maplecrest Road in Bettendorf, is one of Holiday Retirement’s more than 300 Independent Retirement Living communities throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, call 563-332-5955. www.holidaytouch.com