"Since our return home we have all been forced to reinvent who we are and how we will fit back into the world we left behind. This trip has given me confidence, hope, and a sense of peace that I thought haven't had since before my deployment to Afghanistan." – Brandon
"My experience in Iraq has left my life empty and miserable. I smiled and laughed more in the last week than in the last three years combined." – Victor
"I am a two-time combat vet that rarely has time to enjoy life. This is a new beginning for me and has lifted e out of my depressed state of mind. This program has given me a reason to start living and not want to die. Thank you!" – Jacob
"Probably more important was my realization that they could have spent two years of weekly individual psychotherapy, and not reaped the therapeutic benefits of being on the ocean for 6 days as part of a team with a common objective" – Dr. Sharon Wills
Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.
Our veterans courses are open to active duty servicemen and servicewomen and veterans of all conflicts who have deployed as a part of their service. All applicants to our veterans courses will be asked to verify their service with their DD-214 for veterans or deployment documentation for active duty military members.
We welcome veterans back to take a second course after your first course has been completed, but are asking that alumni not enroll on two courses in the same year. Veteran courses allow for an applicant to complete two courses total. Given the limited space available on our courses priority will always be given to those who have not attended a course with us previously. However, if you have been re-deployed since your last veterans’ course, you are welcome to apply again and we will reserve a spot on course for you right away. Browse courses below, or learn more about Veterans program here.
Please note: Outward Bound expeditions for Veterans are designed for individuals (who do not already know each other) to come together to form an inclusive crew, work together to overcome adversity, and use the environment they’re in to learn as a team. If you have a group of 3 or more Veterans who already know each other, we have a different experience for that: please contact our National Admissions Office at 866-467-7651 to talk about custom group programs or fill out Custom Programs Form.