We’ve provided answers to our most-asked questions. If you don’t find what you’re looking for please contact us.
Who is the American Widow Project (AWP) for?
The AWP is for all military widows and widowers. As long as your spouse served at one point during their lifetime, you are welcome! Combat, non-combat, suicide, Army, Air Force...All branches, all wars/conflicts....we're all inclusive.
What are your AWP Healing Retreats?
Our Healing retreats our fun-filled, sometimes action-packed weekends that are centered around connecting you with other military widows from all across the U.S. It's a time to try new things, give back, share stories and bond. We have three types of Healing Retreats:
- Give-Back- Centered around altruism and the healing that takes place in helping other.
- Life-Embracing- Think skydive jumps, white water rafting, swimming with dolphins! You will be pushed outside your comfort zone and enjoy every minute of it!
- Inner-Peace- Yoga, spa escapes and more are the focus. These retreats are all about balance and relaxation.
What is WidowU?
WidowU provides tangible tools and education to all military widows, integrating peer to peer support, hands-on training, and an academic approach to support all those who have lost a loved one serving in our Nation’s Military. WidowU focuses on 3 main areas of their life that they may struggle with after their hero’s passing:
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Pursuing One's Passion
- Health and Fitness
They are held throughout the year and take place over the weekends (Friday-Monday).
How much does it cost to participate?
All of our programs are offered for little to no charge! Accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, food and activities are all included. We are unable to offer airfare to and from the locations we hold our events, but we hold them all over the U.S.. If there is a fee indicated in one of the programs you choose to participate in, it's to cover a small fraction of the costs associated to hold an event of its magnitude and also as a way to offer good-faith for the spot you have secured.
How many people attend each event?
At the AWP we pride ourselves on creating unique, personalized and personal programs where healing, empowerment and education come first. We want to ensure you do not get lost in the crowd or ever feel left out. For that reason, our events are usually limited to 6-12 participants.
How many times can I attend an AWP program?
Our events fill up fast! 30 seconds to be specific! Because of such a demand, we allot a specific number to "first-timers" and a smaller number of spots to "Returning AWPers". For our getaways, you can attend a max of 2 per year. For our WidowU courses, you may attend all three courses during a year period, and also any of our three advanced courses.
How is the AWP funded?
We're a grassroots organization that was actually started with the life insurance of our founder's spouse that was killed in Iraq. From there, we've been kept going with donations from individuals, small grants and awards. Each dollar counts and makes a huge impact. If you're interested in donating, click here.