Strengthening Military Marriages

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Operation Heal Our Patriots Offers Physical and Spiritual Refreshment, Ongoing Care to Military Couples


Memorial Day weekend marked the start of the 2019 Operation Heal Our Patriots summer season. Each week for 16 weeks, a new group of U.S. military couples is scheduled to arrive in Alaska for a time of Christ-centered marriage enrichment.

Military couples are flown to our wilderness lodge where veteran chaplains teach marriage classes focused on Biblical solutions, lead daily devotions from God's Word, and offer private spiritual counsel. Our patriot couples also have opportunities for physical refreshment as they participate together in activities such as kayaking, hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

"The couples who come to Samaritan Lodge Alaska experience six days of focused attention on the person they chose to spend the rest of their life with. And they also get to hear from God in ways they may not have heard from Him before," said Tom Webber, director of Operation Heal Our Patriots. "We know that God has a plan for each of these couples, and Alaska is just the first of many ways we want to walk alongside these veterans and families in their walk with Him."

  • This is just one of many spectacular views couples see as they travel through Lake Clark Pass between Anchorage and Samaritan Lodge Alaska.
    This is just one of many spectacular views couples see as they travel through Lake Clark Pass between Anchorage and Samaritan Lodge Alaska.


Check out our photo collection above throughout the 2019 season. New photos will be added to the mix regularly. Come back weekly to see the latest!

We invite you to see more photos and read some of this year's stories of combat-wounded service members and their spouses who have experienced God's healing love.

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Samaritan’s Purse started Operation Heal Our Patriots in 2012 to strengthen the marriages of military personnel wounded in combat or combat-related activities after 9/11. More than 1,000 U.S. military couples have been welcomed into the project so far. We praise God that more than 400 individuals have made commitments to Jesus Christ, over 500 have been baptized, and about half of the couples have publicly rededicated their marriages to the Lord during their stay at Samaritan Lodge. And we are thankful that there is more good news to report week-by-week each summer.

“It is an honor to be a part of seeing God transform the lives and marriages of our American heroes. These military couples have sacrificed so much for our freedom, and many of them are finding true freedom and their marriages are being strengthened and renewed through the Lord Jesus Christ.”
—Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham

Our ministry to these couples does not end in Alaska as we follow up with them over the long term through our aftercare program. Our staff connects couples with local churches, engages families through regular personal contact (phone calls, emails, social media, visits), and meets with them at regional get-togethers. In addition, Operation Heal Our Patriots reunions and regional training events benefit couples by providing more Christian teaching and tools to fortify their marriage. Many of the participants have also developed deep relationships with one another and support each other directly in a variety of ways.

The 2019 summer season started May 26 and runs for 16 weeks.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33