SFMF’s mission is to provide a healing environment through participation in the outdoor sports for military veteran families.
A primary goal of SFMF is to help veteran families develop and hone their coping skills. Coping skills are essential when dealing with stress, and improving quality of life.
Another goal of SFMF is to improve communication among veterans and their family members. Quality communication lowers stress. SFMF provides experiences for veteran families than improve short- and long-term communication.
Honorably discharged, or active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard, or an immediate family member of a military veteran killed in combat, are eligible to apply. If no longer active duty, must have received an honorable discharge.
SFMF serves military families, and therefore all requests must include a military veteran and at least one family member, such as, for example, spouse, parents, siblings, or children. Applications that only include the military veteran, or groups of veterans, are denied. Not all applicants are selected, due to scheduling and funding.
Veterans with disabilities, no matter how severe, are eligible. Do not let your injuries prevent you from applying. Any U.S. Armed Forces veteran is eligible to apply.
BENEFITS TO THE VETERAN FAMILY
The number one best coping skill is the ability to maintain and put forth a positive attitude, especially in the face of adversity. SFMF outdoor adventures nurture that attitude, and help veteran families cope during the ups and downs of life. Should a veteran family be struggling mentally or physically, SFMF lends a hand. Confidence regained, coping skills improved, a better chance for success in the “real” world.