Since 1983, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound Veterans Program has helped thousands of individuals who served make the difficult transition from active duty back into civilian life.
Working with partners in the armed services, we recruit recently discharged and active-duty service members from across the country, aiming to get them on course as soon as possible upon their return home. Our wilderness courses draw on the healing benefits of teamwork and challenge through the use of the natural world—something well aligned with Vets’ experiences—and provide great opportunities for Veterans to learn new skills, challenge themselves, and enjoy time working together with other Vets.
Reintegrating back into civilian life can be profoundly disorienting and challenging. Our participants report greater self-confidence, and experience healthier and more balanced lives after course. The expedition may only last a week, but the strength of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Improved mental health
Enhanced sense of social camaraderie & peer support
Decreased anxiety & depression
Expanded interest in self-discovery
Heightened interest in getting necessary support
Thanks to the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School is able to offer these programs free of charge for any Veteran or active service member. If you're interested in helping to support this work, join us today.
"Thank you so much for your role in making the Florida Keys sailing course possible for me. The course was a great way to help me connect with other veterans and overcome some of the daily struggles that creep up on you when you let your guard down. As a result of the course, I feel compelled to minimize distractions and focus on what is most important to me—my family. I encourage you to keep up the good work because there is no doubt in my mind that you are a positive force for change in peoples lives." – Andrew