Operation Heal Our Patriots


Operation Heal Our Patriots is a project of Samaritan's Purse designed to strengthen the marriages of wounded and injured members of the U.S. military. The project includes a weeklong wilderness retreat at Samaritan Lodge Alaska, which provides physical and spiritual renewal to wounded veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses.

With picturesque scenery, individual cabins for couples and a dedicated staff, couples are allowed to escape the pressures of home and focus on renewing their marriages. During the week, they participate in Biblically-based marriage enrichment classes, devotions and recreation activities ranging from bear watching to fishing, kayaking and hiking.

Operation Heal Our Patriots is the only program of its kind for wounded military service members and their spouses. Extending beyond couples' stay at Samaritan Lodge Alaska, the program provides ongoing family care to connect them with a system of support upon their return home. This year-round, lifetime component of the program includes the help of regional chaplains connecting alumni with local Christian congregations and maintaining regular contact with couples to provide resources, crisis care and prayer support. There are also various gatherings throughout the year for veterans and their spouses to hear and respond to the Gospel.

In 2019, Samaritan's Purse launched Team Patriot—an initiative that provides Operation Heal Our Patriots participants the opportunity to volunteer in hard-hit communities following natural disasters. In 2023, 79 U.S. military veterans and dependents helped families recover from storms on 16 deployments across the country.


Coping with an injury can be incredibly difficult for military service members, and the stress of this new reality can significantly impact a marriage. Through Operation Heal Our Patriots, Samaritan's Purse is working to help strengthen and preserve the marriages of those wounded while serving our country.


Operation Heal Our Patriots is open to current and former military service members who were wounded or injured in combat or combat-related activities after Sept. 11, 2001. Each season, couples are flown to Alaska. All expenses, including accommodations, airfare and activities, are covered by Samaritan’s Purse through donations.


Since 2012, more than 1,725 couples have participated in the program. To date, 765 individuals made commitments to Jesus Christ, 904 individuals were baptized and 858 couples publicly rededicated their marriages to God.


Operation Heal Our Patriots opened for its first Alaskan summer season in June 2012. Samaritan Lodge Alaska is open annually from the end of May until mid-September, and guests typically arrive on Sunday and stay through Friday evening.


The retreat center, Samaritan Lodge Alaska, is located in the village of Port Alsworth, Alaska, approximately 150 miles southwest of Anchorage. Adjacent to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, the lodge is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife. All lodge facilities and activities are wheelchair accessible.

How To Apply

The application opens each year on Feb. 1. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org/Patriots.

Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.