Accessible Retreats

VAU offers accessible wellness retreats throughout the Mid-Atlantic region—from the beach to the mountains—bringing together vets, their families and caregivers for a much needed respite from their day-to-day challenges and struggles.

  • Carolina Beachfront Retreat, NC-  Third Week of June Every Year 

  • Boone Cabin Retreat, NC- Last weekend in October Thursday-Sunday

  • Lake House Retreat, Richmond VA- Applications open year round.

Beach Retreat 

VAU HQ Lake House Retreat

The retreat is located in South Richmond, Virginia on a serene lake 15 minutes from the Downtown area. Monthly BBQ, fishing and massage therapy events are held for any veterans interested. Events are open to Hunter McGuire VA inpatient/outpatient veterans who wish to receive a healing day away from the VA and valuable resources/advocacy.


We provide an environment where disabled veterans can learn from their brothers in arms going through similar situations and making the best of it.

Contact us at if interested in attending or becoming a case manager planning an event.

  • 25 Mar

  • 22 Apr

  • 27 May

  • 24 Jun

  • 8 Jul Fireside chat

  • 22 Jul

  • 12 Aug Fireside chat

  • 26 Aug

  • 9 Sep Fireside chat

  • 23 Sep

  • 28 Oct

  • 2 Dec 

Lake House Retreat 

Beach Retreat 

Brandon and Jessica P. 1 of 9 Special Forces veteran/family attendees at our annual Carolina Beach Retreat. Brandon has Huntington's Disease, and with Jessica's support, they are an incredible team making the best of life..

"Thank you all, SO much, for everything. We were so lucky to meet so many great people during VAU beach week, 2017! Because of the generosity of VAU, we were able to completely decompress and truly relax. We unplugged from the stresses of actual life. We were able to reset our hearts and souls. We engaged people who have gone through similar, daunting, life-altering, events, and push through the negatives and move towards a positive direction."

-Testimonial Brandon P.