Wives of War began in 2008 when three civilians, Tama Dumlao, Brigid Brett and Joyce Noblitt Herold, became aware of the invisible injuries and impact that Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was having on the wives of our soldiers returning home from war. In 2011 they were blessed to have Diana Bishop come on board to help bridge the gap between the military and non-military communities. Feeling compelled to help in any way they could, they set out to create healing retreats for the wives by offering emotionally safe and supportive getaways throughout the year. They did this through the generous help of others who themselves wanted to show support for our troops and their families but did not have an inroad as to how to go about doing so.


We recognize that the war does not end on the battlefield, but continues in the homes and lives of these affected soldiers returning home. The program provides relief to the caretakers/wives who are themselves beginning to take on trauma of their own. Both military and civilian resources are provided as well as long term emotional support.


Quarterly day and weekend retreats have become a place where the women get to relax and enjoy themselves on many different levels. The creative arts have been an important component of the retreats by helping these women find a safe place to express and explore their diverse feelings and experiences. Journaling, book making and painting have added life, introspection and emotional support as well as laughter. Massages and delicious meals have also supported their needs as an individual, as a wife and a mother. The feedback often heard after a retreat is the gratefulness they feel as a result of being able to come together and share things that other people just can't understand about being a wife of war. They leave with a sense of unity and hope.



Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.

                                                        Andre A. Jackson