Who is Eligible for Warrior PATHH?

Warrior PATHH programs are available for both male and female combat veterans — active duty or veteran, and first responders who have been involved in critical incidents. No clinical diagnosis or prior mental health care is required to attend.

The applicant MUST be an active, retired, or separated combat veteran; or an active, retired, or separated certified first responder who has been involved in a critical incident. We define a "combat veteran" as anyone who has served in any of the five major branches of service and was deployed in a combat zone. Being a recipient of a Combat Action Ribbon, Combat Infantry/Combat Action Badge is not required; however, as an applicant for the Warrior PATHH you must be able to provide documentation of service and/or support that denotes your areas of service in a combat zone. We define a certified first responder as anyone who has received certification to serve their community as a Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, Corrections Officer, FBI, CIA, U.S. Air Marshal, Marshal Service, EMS/EMT, para-rescue, or firefighter and has been involved in a critical incident.

Our ideal candidate is a warrior who is determined to win their personal battles, has a willingness to accept coaching and a desire to embrace the process.  A warrior who has a vision of what they want despite not knowing how to get there and a passion to live fully.

If you are interested in applying for Warrior PATHH — and meet the above criteria as a combat veteran or first responder, click the link below. Please note that Warrior PATHH is now delivered at locations across the country. Your application will be reviewed by a Warrior PATHH team based on your geography and program availability.


Warrior PATHH is delivered once a month at Boulder Crest’s locations in Arizona (BCR Arizona) and Virginia (BCR Virginia), and monthly by Boulder Crest’s partners in Florida (GratitudeAmerica) and Georgia (Camp Southern Ground). The dates for Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona and Virginia’s 2020 programs are below — PLEASE NOTE that the applications process begins with the completion of the application followed by a screening phone conversation; once you have been determined to be a good fit for the program, we will then discuss potential dates and locations for attendance.

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What is Warrior PATHH?

Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes) is the nation's first non-clinical program designed to cultivate and facilitate Posttraumatic Growth amongst those struggling with PTSD and/or combat stress. Warrior PATHH enables these remarkable men and women to transform times of deep struggle into profound strength and growth. All Warrior PATHH instructors have walked this road from struggle to strength, and the blended team of trained combat veterans and civilians leverage their own experiences to guide attendees. This 18-month program begins with a 7-day in-residence initiation, initiating students into the Warrior PATHH. 


I went from a man who was not connected with himself to a man who knew himself and recognized the beauty in his own gentleness and strength. This program was amazing. I am endlessly grateful for the experience. I will be coming back and bearing witness to those who walk the PATHH in the future.
— Warrior PATHH Participant

Why Does Warrior PATHH Work?

  • Warrior PATHH is built on the decades-old science of Posttraumatic Growth.

  • Warrior PATHH is built on a foundation of transparency, honesty, and mutuality. We do not ask anything of participants that our instructors are not doing or have not already done.

  • Warrior PATHH taps the natural skills abilities and resources of Warriors and leverages our understanding of what was gained and lost in combat.

  • Warrior PATHH connects Warriors who are on similar paths and builds new teams that hold each other accountable.

  • Warrior PATHH utilizes small group sizes (6-8 participants) and one-to-one instructor/student ratios.

  • Warrior PATHH represents years of effort, experience, and understanding into precisely what is required to ensure our Warriors can come all the way home.

  • Warrior PATHH is committed to making lasting and sustainable changes in the lives of combat veterans to ensure they find their path and stay on it.

When I thought there was no hope left for me, the program opened doors and opportunities for me, as well as transformed my life forever. I have many new tools to keep on the right path. Thank you, BCR, for giving me my life back.
— Warrior PATHH Participant

Evidence of Warrior PATHH's Effectiveness

Warrior PATHH was the subject of an 18-month longitudinal study investigating the program's impact in three key areas: symptom reduction, stress management and quality of life improvement, and posttraumatic growth achieved. 

“In just two days, PATHH has made breakthroughs that take the average medical model 12-14 months.”
— Dr. Bret Moore, Former Army Psychologist


  • 54 percent sustained reduction in PCL scores

  • 52 percent reduction in depression; 41 percent reduction in anxiety; 40 percent reduction in stress and insomnia.

  • 33 percent reduction in stress reactivity.

  • 56% improvement in level of psychological, spiritual/existential, and relationship growth, according to the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory.

  • 100 percent of participants would recommend PATHH to a fellow Warrior.

My whole outlook on life has done a complete 180. I could never thank the staff of BCR enough for what they’ve done for me. They gave me my second chance.
— Warrior PATHH Participant

Someone I know really needs to attend this program, how do I get them into a Warrior PATHH?

Attendance at a Warrior PATHH program is entirely voluntary, and each participant must have a strong desire to attend. Please provide the potential participant with the link to the Warrior PATHH page, and encourage them to complete the Warrior PATHH Application.