VAU offers 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. Retreats are no cost to the veteran which includes lodging, travel, and activities.  Priority to Purple Heart recipients and those with a VA disability rating of 70% or greater, but we are open to all veteran applicants.

Group retreats are currently on hold due to COVID

  • 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- open year round every 4th Wednesday of the month.

Retreats Currently Available

Wheelchair accessible​ retreats are open to families, couples, and single veterans to participate in 3-7 day retreats throughout the mid-Atlantic region are found here:

Beach Retreats 

Retreats open to those veterans without wheelchairs.  Open to families, couples, and single veterans to participate in 3-7 day retreats throughout the mid-Atlantic region are found here:

Lake House Retreat 

Cabin 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.

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.