It officially began in 2012 in the town of Haymarket, Virginia. Park Valley Church planted the seeds for this incredible organization, and saw it through to becoming a full fledged non-profit benefiting the wounded and ill warriors of America.
It started with the founding members of the church visiting recovering soldiers at the Ft Belvoir and Walter Reed hospitals, and continued well beyond the 30 day period that they’d set for themselves as a ministry. What began as a short term endeavor, turned into annual summer cookouts and holiday gift-giving visits. The gratitude received from these men and women, and the positive response for what they felt was so small an effort made it apparent that their mission was much greater; there was more that could be offered.
In 2013, SOWW purchased 37 magnificent acres of scenic property on the edge of Bull Run Mountain in Haymarket, VA. The 11,000 square foot house built in 1977, underwent an extensive two-year renovation and now boasts five bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, game room, physical therapy and massage therapy rooms, and library. The retreat has two decks to accommodate the majestic views, an inviting stone patio with fire pit, a playground, BBQ area, vegetable garden, serenity garden, and walking trails.
The Bull Run Warrior Retreat was presented to the general public at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on July 4th, 2015 and officially opened on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2015. Our hope, and the hope of the Serve Our Willing Warriors organization, is that the community will recognize these selfless heroes and find ways to get involved in thanking them for all that they do!