Operation Heal Our Patriots (Fact Sheet)



Operation Heal Our Patriots is a project of Samaritan’s Purse designed to strengthen the marriages of wounded and injured members of the U.S. Military. The project includes a weeklong wilderness retreat at Samaritan Lodge Alaska providing physical and spiritual renewal to wounded veterans, active duty service members, and their spouses.

With picturesque scenery, individual cabins for couples and a dedicated staff, couples are allowed to escape the pressures of home and focus on renewing their marriages. During the week, couples participate in Biblically based marriage enrichment classes, devotions and recreation activities ranging from bear watching to fishing, kayaking, and hiking. All lodge facilities and activities are handicapped

Operation Heal Our Patriots is the only program of its kind for wounded military service members and their spouses. The ministry to military couples extends beyond their stay at Samaritan Lodge Alaska. Ongoing aftercare connects couples with military chaplains and churches in their local communities to create a system of support upon their return home.


Coping with an injury can be incredibly difficult for military service members and the stress of this new reality can significantly impact a marriage. Through Operation Heal Our Patriots, Samaritan’s Purse is working to help strengthen and preserve
the marriages of those wounded while serving our country.


Operation Heal Our Patriots is open to current and former U.S. military service members who were wounded or injured in combat or combat-related activities after Sept. 11, 2001. Wounded veterans and active military personnel are selected through military and private network referrals. Couples interested in participating can also submit applications online. All expenses, including accommodations, airfare and activities, are covered by Samaritan’s Purse through donations.


Since 2012, over 500 couples have participated in the program and another 150 couples are expected to attend in the summer of 2016. In a few short years the program has seen 203 individuals make commitments to Jesus Christ, 233 have been baptized, and 227 couples have publicly rededicated their marriages to God.


Operation Heal Our Patriots opened for its first Alaskan summer season in June of 2012. Samaritan Lodge Alaska is open annually from June until mid-September and guests typically arrive on Sunday and stay through Friday evening or Saturday morning.


Samaritan Lodge Alaska is located along the shores of Lake Clarke, approximately 150 miles southwest of Anchorage. Adjacent to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, the lodge is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife.


The Application process opens February 1 every year. For more information about Operation Heal Our Patriots, please visit our website at SamaritansPurse.org/Patriots.

Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.