‘Our soldiers are coming home with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder, and other major injuries. They come home as different people, some will never work again. These wives have been home, often with their children, with no family or support systems to help them. They tell us stories of feeling very isolated and alone. These weekends are very important because they are meeting other wives and mothers in the same caretaker situation. They learn that they aren’t alone and that someone understands.’
Founded in 2007, Reel Wives is a volunteer-led women’s ministry. Reel Wives hosts three-day retreat weekends for the spouses of injured soldiers, and it is a time designed to help the wives develop new friendships and enjoy three days of rest, relaxation and fun.
Reel Wives is the sister project of Reel Thanx, a fishing getaway for injured soldiers. More than half of the injured soldiers participating in Reel Thanx are married, and the organization recognized that those caretaker-spouses deserved recognition for their service as well. Reel Wives grew out of that need.
Since the program’s inception, more than 100 wives have attended a Reel Wives program. The weekend includes clay shooting, shopping, a Christmas-themed evening where the wives are gifted new pajamas, a nice dinner and lots of pampering.
To: support the wives of our heroes who participate in our Reel Thanx program
To: thank them for their service with grace and honor
To: nurture, love and pamper these special women who are also true heroes
To: honor their strength and sacrifices while holding down the home front and raising
their children while their husbands serve our country
To: provide them with one weekend where their focus can be on themselves to foster
emotional heeling the best way we can.
This is our way of ‘Helping Reel Wives When War Comes Home.’