After Her Service Program Retreat Testimonials

4 After Her Service program participants
After Her Service participants and M-SPAN staff posing in front of their hotel
4 AHS participants
Michelle Kees, PhD, presenting at an After Her Service retreat
2 After Her Service participants focusing on an activity

“It was great to be in a room of other women who understand. It brings light to the fact I am not alone and others really do understand. I also was able to revive my soul and walk away with an uplifted spirit as well as tools to practice and help me on a daily basis.”

“I learned several strategies in becoming and staying resilient and some of them were a perfect fit for me. I also was able to feel the love from the other members and not even knowing them, almost like a group of sisters… I've also made connections and hope to remain in contact with many of the women.”

“I know many times as women we neglect ourselves. I heard countless times from the other ladies that they always put others first and themselves last if they even do anything for themselves. This retreat will make you focus on who you are and your own well-being.”

“It provided a safe outlet, trained professionals to address sticky issues that aren’t always discussed, laughter, laser-focus for specific female veteran issues, and an opportunity for the development of lifelong friendships.”

“I learned so much and was able to open up and relate to others. Up until the retreat I really felt that no one else dealt with what I had…. It was encouraging to speak to those that have had similar struggles and how they overcame and how they put their energy to use now after serving.”

After Her Service retreat workshop
After Her Service retreat participants
After Her Service program workshop
After Her Service retreat group photo
After Her Service retreat workshop