Our New Major Partner in Service to Veteran's & Families
Based on our mutual commitment to serve wounded, ill, and injured service members, TWC is partnering with Outdoor Odyssey and will now conduct retreats at the Outdoor Odyssey facility in Boswell, PA. Who and what is Outdoor Odyssey you ask?
Outdoor Odyssey’s was a life dream of a Marine Corps Officer, Major General Tom S. Jones. General Jones is a highly decorated, well respected, and accomplished infantry commander with 37 years of service, who was once himself a troubled child - "...a punk, who was on probation TWICE as a teen. I was good at being BAD", he shares.
As a part of continuing his service after the military, Jones set out to establish a leadership program for at-risk youth, a way for him to continue to give back and continue to serve others. In 1998, Outdoor Odyssey was born. Outdoor Odyssey's primary mission is to pair area youth with a summer mentor and build teams with a unique goal - to build confidence in the individual participants while instilling ideals on how that individual can become a more effective leader. Now in its 21st year of operations, everything they do is based on a set of leadership principles that apply to everyday work, life, and relationships.
As General Jones transitioned out of the Marine Corps, Jones sought a way to give back to those transitioning out of military service. Through the resources of Semper Fi Fund, Semper Fi Odyssey (SFO) was born. SFO's mission is to provide tools for life to those transitioning out of the military and to veterans. SFO's 5-day sessions focus on goal setting, interview skills, stress management, dealing with combat and deployment-related issues and much more. The goal at SFO is to help veterans form a solid life plan. SFO's holistic transition-assistance curriculum is designed to get participants ready for their new mission - life after military service.
This seems like a natural partnership for TWC and aligns well with our mission, "Improving the overall well-being of our veterans and their families". TWC Executive Director, Aaron M. Phillips, himself also a Marine that served under General Jones, both agree, Semper Fi, the Marine Corps motto, still means "Always Faithful". TWC and SFO remain always faithful to serving veterans and helping provide them the tools and resources for the bright futures they deserve. Orahh!