The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of the United States Armed Forces have been engaged in persistent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. This is longest period of sustained combat in American history. As a result, the levels of PTSD and Moral Injury exhibited in our veterans are rising rapidly.
“Pilgrims… bring something back with them to share with others, including… the blessings they have received.”~Rupert Sheldrake, PhD~ 2021 Along with the rest of the World, we had to take 2020 away from the Camino. We did get back on pilgrimage in 2021 and had a great...
An Elder was asked by a certain Soldier if God would forgive a sinner. And he said to him: Tell me, beloved, if your cloak is torn, will you throw it away? The Soldier replied and said: No, I will mend it and put it back on. The elder said to him: If you take care of...
“The Camino is certainly a path worth walking.”
~Sanjiva Wijesinha, MD~
What is Warriors on the Way?
Warriors on the Way is a pilgrimage on the Camino De Santiago (AKA The Way) purpose designed to facilitate a combat veteran’s healing from PTSD and Moral Injury.
PTSD and Moral Injury are both directly linked to an overall reduction in quality of life and increased veteran suicides. The Warriors on the Way pilgrimage for combat veterans, through the reduction of PTSD and Moral Injury symptoms, improves quality of life and helps in the effort to reduce the veteran suicide rate.
Fr Steven Rindahl (US Army, Retired) will lead the pilgrimage. Having made multiple pilgrimages focusing on veteran healing, Fr Steve is an experienced pilgrim and has designed this pilgrimage based on those experiences and what he learned completing a doctorate in responding to combat trauma, and developing and teaching the US Army Chaplaincy course on how to provide a Ministerial Response to Moral Injury.
Veterans experience PTSD every year
Chance of recovery, given timely intervention & treatment
Average reduction of PTSD symptoms in our pilgrims
Juntos Podemos / Together We Can
Veterans on the Warriors on the Way pilgrimage are all fully sponsored so that nobody misses a healing opportunity due to lack of funds. We rely on donors like you to put Warriors on the Way to healing.