“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, 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.”
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.
The experiential portion of the seminar encourages participants to explore feelings they may have cut off throughout the grieving process. At Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo participants will have an opportunity to swim with dolphins.
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 members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights. This part 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.
OSOT-America covers all expenses for the participant and a support person, with the exception of travel. For more information on Leap of Faith please call (630) 971-1150 or email GoldStar@osotAmerica.org. Our next Leap of Faith will be held in the spring of 2022, please use the above email to reach out to us if you are interested in attending.
*We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 13
*Skydive portion of seminar is available to immediate family members of fallen over the age of 18