My Warriors Place is a non-profit organization and retreat destination started by Kelly
Kowall, whose son Corey, like many others, gave his life for his brothers-in-arms
and his country. My Warriors Place offers a mentor-ship program and retreat
area designed to assist returning veterans and their families who may
have lost a loved one or comrade in battle. My Warriors Place employs
different resources to help aid in the healing process.
Spc. Corey Kowall was killed in action on September 20, 2009, while on
route to lend support at a location by their FOB in Afghanistan where
IED’s had been detected. Spc. Kowall was only 20 years old at the
time of his death and was serving as an Infantry Paratrooper with the
fourth brigade combat team of the 82nd airborne division in Ft. Bragg,
Retreat in Ruskin, FL: My Warriors Place retreat strives to provide a relaxed setting and a safe
harbor while being a resource for any Military Service Member, Veteran,
Blue Star, or Gold Star Family Member. The organization offers a relaxed
tropical property nestled on the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, Florida.
The property consists of 2 houses, 5 trailers, 4 RV pads and a Laundromat,
but the owners are working to expand the site further. Amenities include,
but are not limited to, canoes, kayaks, fishing equipment, a fire pit,
screened in patios, basketball courts, bicycles, an exercise room, hammocks,
a boat launch area and a dock.
Grief and Peer Mentoring (Project Corregidor): My Warriors Place grief and peer mentoring program involves a network of
Veterans who have experienced the death of a fellow comrade while serving
in the armed forces. Each mentor has been specially trained as a Peer
Mentor and possesses experience helping other military service members
coping with a similar tragedy. The program supports these military survivors
and helps them to cope with losses in their own unique ways. Soldiers,
sailors, marines, and airmen are taught to draw upon their own strengths
and to develop healthy coping mechanisms. Peer Mentors are always just
a phone call away.
FAVE Boating Expeditions: My Warriors Place hosts a variety of local boating and fishing expeditions
for veterans and family members in connection with the retreat services.
Boating trips are planned around the needs of the particular group involved
and each experience is new and unique. Expeditions can include evening
cruises, deep sea fishing charters, or quiet canoe / kayak adventures.
In November, My Warriors Place will host Project Corregidor’s first annual
Ride for the Fallen. The event is a group motorcycle ride honoring fallen soldiers from recent
deployments. Special honors will be given to Specialist Corey J. Kowall
and a number of other fallen comrades to be named at the outing.
Ride for the Fallen
My Warriors Place