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Operation R&R Military Family Program

The Operation R&R program gives men and women who have served at least one tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan the chance to reconnect and strengthen relationships with their spouses and children. These families are provided the opportunity to stay up to one week in homes and condos on Hilton Head Island (from September 1st t May 31st) for that purpose. 

Through many written testimonials, phone calls, letters and surveys, the Operation R&R Board and Staff understands that the program has had a much deeper and positive impact than ever imagined. The military families tell us that the services provided by ORR have been a positive and instrumental force during their service member's reintegration process after deployment.

Married service members when compared to single service members are many times overlooked in the development of programs to help with reintegration. The divorce rate in the United States is upwards of 50%, and the pressure that is undergone by a service member's marriage during and after deployment is tremendous, doubling the number of divorces in the military population. In addition married deployed service members account for 20% of suicides after deployment.

Our program has proven successful in helping to address these issues because Operation R&R offers something different. Many of the support and counseling programs offered by our military involve interaction with social workers, psychologists and other families. We provide families with "alone" time. This time may include a walk on the beach at sunrise, taking a boat or bike ride with their children, receiving support and thanks from the local community and experiencing a vacation as a family that they would otherwise never be able to afford. Our trips provide free lodging and discounted meals and services due to our partnerships with local restaurants and business.

When a service member comes to Hilton Head to reconnect they are also welcomed and honored by our Greeters, restaurants, businesses and local community members during their stay. They feel appreciated on Hilton Head in a way that they would not necessarily be appreciated in their own community due to the overwhelming military presence.

Operation R&R Families of the Fallen Gold Star Program

Operation R&R has expanded its services to include surviving family members of those service men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, their lives. Recognizing the unique challenges these families now face, ORR has built the Families of the Fallen Gold Star Program for widows, widowers, children and parents to begin reconnecting with their loved ones and rebuilding their lives that have been permanently altered. This program will support these military families through one week vacations on Hilton Head Island at no cost, discounted meals and recreational services and provide additional monetary support as needed by each family.

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