Families of the Fallen

About Leap of Faith

“Leap of Faith” is a three-day healing seminar that is meant to be transformational for families of fallen service members. Through presentations and experiences over the course of their time with the Leap team, participants learn to view grief differently and embrace their “new normal” in a way that honors the sacrifice of their family and their loved one. The seminar includes an optional tandem skydive (a literal Leap of Faith!) with the U.S. Army Golden Knights or the All Veteran Parachute Team, Equine or Dolphin Therapy, and individual coaching sessions when needed, and peer support.




“This is the best event/seminar that I have experienced since the death of my only child, my son, my soldier.”


“The love that is shown by the organizers was so awesome as they were all very good listeners.”


“Thank you for all your care and support. I pray God will continue to provide for the needs to continue Leap of Faith and His blessing to the wonderful team.”

Leap of Faith November 2024

Our next Leap of Faith event will be held in November in Pinehurst, NC. Registration will open

soon, however, you are welcome to sign up on our waitlist and we will reach out once registration opens.

CLICK HERE to email us and be added to the waitlist.

OSOT-America covers all expenses for the participant and a support person, with the exception of travel. Acceptance to Leap of Faith is contingent on an interview with an OSOT-America Team Member after your registration form is received.


For more information on Leap of Faith please call (630) 971-1150 or email GoldStar@osotAmerica.org.

The seminar teaches new ideas about the grieving process, coping skills to keep moving forward, healthy living and encourages participants to strive to make a difference in the country their loved one had sacrificed his/her life for. Dr. Doug McKinley, a licensed clinical psychologist leads the seminar portion with a specific emphasis on post-traumatic growth. Additional presentations on healthy lifestyle choices and the role of exercise and nutrition in the healing process are also part of the seminar portion.


Participants also get to experience art therapy and equine therapy at Southern 8’s Farm. These experiences encourage participants to explore feelings they may have cut off throughout the grieving process.


As part of the seminar, attendees also have the option to take a literal “Leap of Faith” in the form of a tandem skydive with the All Veteran Parachute Team, who were part of the of the U.S. Army Golden Knights. This portion of the experience helps participants to learn to let go of emotions or experiences that may be holding them back in their grief journey. Group sessions give participants an opportunity to discuss the challenges and growth opportunities they face.


*Participants must be at least 18 years of age.


*Skydive portion of the seminar is available to immediate family members of fallen over the age of 18.

Please CLICK HERE for the video from March 1-3, 2020.
  • CLICK HERE for link 1 of images from Island Dolphin Care from March 1-3, 2020.
  • CLICK HERE for link 2 of images from Island Dolphin Care from March 1-3, 2020.
  • CLICK HERE for link 3 of images from Island Dolphin Care from March 1-3, 2020.