Allen, a Combat Wounded Veteran and Purple Heart Warrior, served in Iraq in a Ranger Regiment and was injured in 2008. He came home suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and severe survivors’ guilt. In 2014 his worried mother approached Dan, the founder of the Warrior Bonfire Program, a local organization, seeking help. Dan quickly got in touch with Allen and took him under his wing and schedule him for a Warrior Bonfire retreat, a Texas wild pig hunt in February 2015. After attending a few Bonfire retreats Allen began to heal and help his fellow Purple Heart Warriors. Today, Allen is a successful business owner in his home town of Vicksburg, Mississippi and is the Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Warrior Bonfire Program.
About Warrior Bonfire Program:
The Warrior Bonfire Program is committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart Warriors on their life long journey of recovery and healing, with focus on creating activity based, stress free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing. We place warriors, wounded in combat with others of a similar experience, in a stress free, safe and secure setting which promotes wellness and health. We are committed to providing an atmosphere in a simple and straightforward manner by allowing our excursions the freedom to be shaped and changed by the participants to be exactly what they need it to be. The purpose of the Warrior Bonfire Program is to provide an opportunity for wounded veterans and their families to enjoy a favorite activity while partaking in the camaraderie and therapeutic value of spending time around the bonfire with fellow veterans while promoting Post-Traumatic Healing.
Our signature Bonfire Retreats are multi-day retreats that are reserved primarily for six Purple Heart Veterans. Each retreat is concluded with a bonfire including a U.S. Flag retirement ceremony providing participants with an opportunity to say their goodbyes to fallen comrades. In addition to our Bonfire Retreats we offer smaller program: Campfire Retreats, Couples Retreats, Spouses Weekends, Jammin’ at the Bonfire, and our Bonfire Ambassador program.