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Operation Second Chance

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REED POINT, Mont. -

Operation Second Chance is a program that offers an opportunity for wounded soldiers to take a break from the stresses of life.

Weeklong trips are offered in six states, including Montana. One retreat is guiding former U.S. Army special operations soldiers for a river float at Reed Point. Operation Second Chance was organized to focus on helping hospitalized soldiers make the transition back into civilian life. Vietnam veteran Hank Tuell and his crew act as guides around Montana for military couples, like rafting down the Yellowstone River from Reed Point to Twin Bridges.

Special Ops soldiers like Michael Oreskovic are often deployed so many times it causes stress on family life. Oreskovic is bringing his wife for a second time this year on the Montana retreat. Together they will help mentor other veterans and their wives and hopefully help them cope with their disabilities.

"Just kind of let them know everything will be okay you'll have a lot of fun, and just kind of reassure them," says Oreskovic.

Veterans on the retreat know they will leave with lifelong bonds with their partners and their new friends.

"They leave here every time just really having a good time, enjoyed relaxed and we think probably a healthier marriage," says Tuell.

The couples will enjoy a pig roast in Absarokee after their river rafting. On Friday the couples go to Yellowstone Park, and Saturday they will go horseback riding near Red Lodge.

 

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