battle Tested Veterans

Battle Tested Veterans believes in sharing stories not stereotypes.

Story telling is a proven method to create compassion, understanding and cooperation in among individuals. Our personal struggles and growth, when told in our own words, imprints our experiences on the brains and hearts of others. This causes more empathy, connection and understanding between people.


In 2015, we hosted a pilot event to challenge the way people think about veterans. The event was attended by Bay Area executives and HR leaders and provided a platform for veterans to share their personal lessons, struggles, and most importantly, growth. Our 2016 in-person event also occurred in San Francisco at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, another nonprofit organization, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. At the event, we featured nine stories discussing the post-military journey of veterans to help challenge common stereotypes about veterans that leads to underemployment or other forms of discriminations or microaggressions.

In 2017, we are tackling three common stereotypes:

  • Veterans are emotionally fragile, unstable, damaged people who need to be cared for

  • Veterans are heroes, but not good hires

  • Officer veterans are more valuable/better than enlisted veterans

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the sparta project

Whether your mission is complete, or you just clocked off duty - but the battle is still raging...Don't face your post traumatic stress alone. The Sparta Project guides, inspires and heals veterans and first responders who suffer from PTS. They are dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war and service.

The Sparta Project offers 1- Day Immersive PTS(D) Program & 5-Day PTS(D) Intensive Retreat. 

Locations: The Sparta Project conducts retreats in AZ, CA, and MN. 

Summary: Our providers use The Sparta methodology that we deliver to a small group during our 5-day retreat that include all meals, lodging, and materials.  



boulder crest retreat

In order to unlock our potential, Boulder Crest Retreat believes it is critical that we provide combat veterans and their families with a free, safe and sacred place to rest, reconnect and recharge. That is why we createdwe created two signature programs:

PATHH: Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes - which are based on the science of posttraumatic growth (PTG):


  • Warrior PATHH: a free 18-month program, that begins with a 7-day intensive and immersive in-residence initiation (with separate programs for males and females).

  • Family PATHH: a free 5-day program focused on the entire family.

  • Couples PATHH: a free 3-day program.

  • Caregiver PATHH: a free 3-day program.

Family Rest & Reconnection (R&R) Stays: free, 2-7 night stays that provide families with the opportunity to rest, reconnect, and recharge. To book these stays, explore the Virginiaand Arizona pages.


save a warrior


Save A Warrior believes in challenging conventional thinking. The way we challenge the idea of suicide is so novel and so inspiring, it connects the lives of all who are transformed from sharing in this experience. Since 2012, those who complete Save A Warrior exclaim how our "unique approach to ordinary"... saved their life. We are grateful for your generosity which made the difference; perhaps a lifesaving difference.

Save A Warrior is an original, Warrior-led, well-grounded and timeless journey for active duty military, returning veterans and first responders who feel desperately alone. Give us a week and you will change the way you see - and live - your life.

 The Battle Within Cohort 001, November 12-16, 2018, Heartland Center, Parkville, Missouri.  Photo: © John Howe / Howe Creative Photography.  All rights reserved, 2018.

Through the centuries of warfare, warriors were welcomed home from the killing fields by their communities to help them heal from the wounds inflicted on their mind, body and soul. Through feasts, songs, ceremony and rituals, they would celebrate and mourn together as one. This welcoming process helped weary warriors cleanse their souls and reintegrate back into lives of peace.

The Battle Within was founded by over 100 veterans, first responders, community leaders and supporters who believe that every warrior deserves the same opportunity to heal from the traumas they have endured in their service to others. They have come together to build a community for warriors nationwide to attend for free, a five day program built by warriors using holistic techniques steeped in ancient warrior culture and backed by modern science evidence based methods.

Learn more about attending your free 5-day Revenant Journey.