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Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW)

The Piedmont Charitable Foundation is proud to support Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW). SOWW's mission aligns with the program objectives of PCF in its support for our military and special projects focused on Northern Virginia needs. For more information on SOWW, please continue to read about its important mission below.

SOWW Mission

To provide our country's recovering wounded, ill and injured warriors, and their families, with encouragement, support and respite stays at the Bull Run Warrior Retreat.

soww-logo The Need

The average hospital stay for a wounded, injured or ill service member is nearly one year. Some of these individuals face a challenging combination of inpatient and outpatient services that last up to three years. Since 2006, SOWW has supported these re- covering Willing Warriors and their families through special events and visits to Walter Reed National Medical Center and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. During that time, SOWW increasingly recognized the need for more support. While the Fisher Houses at both of these locations are fantastic places, SOWW's vision is to provide a "home-away from home" off base for the warriors and their families. Our goal became to find a way to get the Warriors and Families off-base to a place where they could relax, reconnect and feel like they were 'home'. That was how the vision of the Bull Run Warrior Retreat began.

The SOWW Solution

Located in Haymarket, VA, just 45 minutes away from both hospital facilities, the Bull Run Warrior Retreat will provide these Willing Warriors and their families lodging in the foothills of the scenic Bull Run Mountains. The retreat will feature a warm, home-like environment where families can relax and enjoy quality time together. SOWW has leased-to-own 37 acres of land, which includes an 11,000 square foot home on Waterfall Road in Haymarket as the site for the Retreat. While the home is very spacious, it requires extensive renovation. The home was built in the 1970s and needs to be both updated and adapted to an accessible design to meet the needs of our recovering warriors. Our architectural plans have been drawn and beginning demolition has begun inside, but there is an extensive amount of work that remains to be done. Once this home has been completed, we will begin to invite our Warriors and Families for short stays. This first home will serve as our prototype home. Our long-range goal is to build three more retreat houses on the property so that we can serve additional Willing Warrior Families.

More information about SOWW, its needs, and goals can be found at www.willingwarriors.org