“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ― Winston S. Churchill
To Better Serve Veterans and Soldiers We Integrate Them and their Families Into Our Existing Wilderness Programs
Soon we will offer training in habitate and forest management, farming and rancing, and the trades. Keep checking back for more details and add yourself to our newletter below.
Any Veteran and Their Family are Welcome in Our Programs
Regardless of what war or conflict you or someone you love served in, combat soldier or not, any honorably discharged veteran and their families are all welcome. We also serve law enforcement personnel, firefighters, paramedics, trauma nurses, and chaplains as well. We believe spouses and children served also and the families of the wounded soldiers are also wounded. We measure success by the smiles and laughter that return to both the soldiers and their families.
Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Trauma Nurses
When a soldier, law enforcement personnel, or firefighter sees combat (seeing trauma as a paramedic, trauma nurse, or doctor has the same effect) they may be injured on the inside, when they are hurt, their family is also hurt. In combat life is different, they are part of a team and everyone has orders. Returning soldiers though back in a loving family many times feel alone and not safe. The vets and others as well as their significant other may enroll in our resident college, wilderness training, or homesteading programs, and have hands-on training working on the farm possibly learning a new trade but most importantly giving them the skills and tools to truly return to their families and their communities. As the vet works on the farm, ranch, and forest their mentors are also vets.
Their families are included in the cool stuff in our camps and schools we have for all ages; paramount to all else they learn to work through their own underlying issues with mentors that are their peers but trained and experienced. They learn to truly welcome their returning significant others or parent. They learn to truly learn how to become a family again.
Services for the Families of Deployed Soldiers
Deployment is a very hard time for significant others and their children. NOLI is a place for the families of deployed soldiers to come and be supported by those that have walked in their shoes. The families of soldiers may reside at NOLI during the time leading up to deployment, during deployment, and after deployment. Children of deployed soldiers can attend our agriculture and wilderness schools and camps during the term of deployment; significant others may attend our adult wilderness and homestead training. We also offer workshops focused on what to expect after deployment and learn the tools to help when the deployed return home. If for no other reason Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute offers the parent a respite from the pressure and stress of parenting during deployment.
“You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better… And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again.” Abraham Lincoln
Services for the Families of the Fallen
The families of fallen soldiers, law enforcement, and first responders are welcome to attend our agriculture and wilderness camps and schools and adult wilderness and homesteading training and simply be held in a warm home in the pristine Idaho Panhandle as they work through their greif with mentors made up of their peers.
Services for the Families in Boot Camp
The long periods of time that a new recruit is in training can also be hard for significant others and their children. We offer the same services for the families listed above for new recruits. The K-12th grade children may attend our agricultural and wilderness school and camps as the parent attends our adult workshops. There is no greater comfort to walk with those that have been down the same path.
What do the Veterans Learn? What do They do?
We give them a positive reason to get up each morning, it may be to continue training their colt or service dog, build a cabin, mill lumber, rebuild a tractor engine, milk the cows, make cheese, or restore whitetail, wood duck, and grouse habitats. There is plenty to do that is real, that they will remember with fond memories the rest of their lives. They may also learn to mentor others.
It is our goal that our non-profit sister organization Friends of NOLI (the 501c3 is pending) will be able to provide scholarships to help families described above attend our programs and those that have served to receive the training to mentor others.