For more than 30 years, Outward Bound has been proud to deliver wilderness expeditions for our nation's veterans. These expeditions, customized specifically for veterans and active duty service men and women, are designed to help ease the often difficult transition home by drawing on the healing benefit of the wilderness, teamwork, and challenge.

Thanks to generous support of our donors, these courses are available tuition free to any veteran or active duty service member that has deployed to a combat area. Travel funds available for qualifying applicants.


USNA Midshipman & Veterans Backpacking & Rock Climbing  |  Monday, March 11th - Friday, March 15th  |  APPLY NOW

These expeditions are designed to be fun and challenging. They are suited for those in good physical condition and are opportunities for veterans to:

  • Re-experience many of the positive aspects of military service through challenge and teamwork
  • Develop skills to assist them in adjusting to life at home
  • Candidly discuss obstacles faced by veterans
  • Rediscover their physical and emotional strengths
  • Help translate military values and commitment to service in a civilian environment
  • Enjoy a unique and inspiring adventure surrounded by fellow veterans in the beauty of the country for which they have served

HEAR FROM OUR ALUMNI: CARLEY SALMON | Veteran, Outward Bound Alumna

Why We Serve

Everyday men and women in uniform return from active duty only to face the unexpected challenges of readjusting to life at home. Here are some quick facts about what US veterans are facing today:

  • 2-2.5 million soldiers, served in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • 6,500 veterans committed suicide in 2012
  • 27% met the criteria for drug/alcohol abuse 4 months after returning from deployment
  • 20% of veterans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Results and Outcomes

A study conducted by the University of Texas invited veteran course participants to participate in a web-based survey two days prior to their course, within 48 hours after their course, and then again 30-45 days after their course. Outcomes were then measured against a control group of veterans that did not attend an Outward Bound course.

  • Reduction in mental health symptoms
  • Increase in openness to seek professional psychological help
  • Increase in life satisfaction Significant increase in motivation or behavior that promotes personal growth in one’s life
  • Decrease emotional restriction

Outward Bound Veterans in the Media

Veterans in the Outdoors: Stories of Recovery and Healing in Nature (RootsRated, Eric Peterson, June 13, 2017)

Outward Bound Veterans is made possible through the generous support of our donors, including the Leadership Support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, and the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.