When soldiers return from war, the battle often is not over.

Many veterans, traumatized by realities of war, face depression, substance abuse, unemployment and relationship problems. The Outward Bound for Veterans program is a nonprofit operated by Holiday Retirement — home to more than 8,000 veterans and surviving spouses — which helps war vets readjust, heal and build confidence through challenging learning expeditions, organizers say.

Whiterock Court retirement community, a Holiday Retirement property, located at 9215 White Rock Trail in Dallas, will host a public spaghetti lunch in support of Outward Bound Saturday, Oct. 22 at noon. The lunch will feature entertainment, and donations will be accepted at the door. After the jump, learn a little more about the program:

Outward Bound for Veterans helps returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

“I can now finally return whole to my family after 18 months of living as a stranger. The renewed perspective that this very unique program provided me has brought home the ‘old me’ who was left in Iraq,” said one veteran who participated in the program. “There is no measure for the healing I received from Outward Bound.”

The cost for one veteran to complete an Outward Bound course is $2,000 and there is currently a waiting list of more than 500 veterans.

Holiday Retirement’s more than 300 communities are collaborating to raise funds for this unique program in hopes of allowing more than 600 veterans to participate. Holiday Retirement will also match every dollar donated.

To learn more about this event, or how to get involved, please call Whiterock Court at 214.503.7223. Donations can also be made online at holidaytouch.com/outwardbound.