Applications Accepted for August ’24 Shields & Stripes Program

by | Apr 29, 2024 | Program

Shields & Stripes are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the transformative Shields & Stripes program! This all-expenses-paid program is designed specifically for veterans and first responders like you or your loved ones.

About Our Program

Shields & Stripes is on a mission to restore the lives of veterans, first responders and their families. This is achieved through a holistic approach, encompassing physical training, mental health support, occupational therapy, nutrition and more.

Participants will benefit from personalized and group therapy sessions, equipping them with the tools to rediscover themselves and lead more fulfilling lives.


The first three weeks of the program will be held at the EXOS Sports Performance Training Center at 2629 E. Rose Garden Lane Phoenix, AZ. The remaining 9 weeks will be held virtually.


The program will be held at Exos from August 12th to the 30th, followed by 9 weeks of virtual therapies.

Photos courtesy of Luke Trexler

Who Can Apply?

Veterans and/or first responders, whether active, separated, or retired, from across the United States. If you’re a U.S. veteran or first responder whose life has been affected by trauma (including MST), and you’re motivated to make a significant change, we invite you to apply.

Who May Not Be the Best Fit

It is very important to us that we are equipped to meet the needs and expectations of our S&S athletes. With this being said, we must ensure we are the right “fit” for one another.

We are unable to accommodate individuals with active substance dependencies, advanced mental health symptoms, and/or active suicidal ideation or recent attempts.

This is not an inclusive list, and Shields & Stripes reserves the right to deny any applicant. If you are not accepted, we will do our best to inform you of additional options and organizations that may be of interest.

Photos courtesy of Luke Trexler

Program Highlights

  • EThree weeks at EXOS in Phoenix, AZ with expert doctors and clinicians.
  • ENine weeks of family-integrated telehealth from home.
  • EMental health resources for trauma, stress, and more.
  • EPersonalized treatment aligned with your goals.
  • ESupportive community of veterans and first responders.

Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?

Submit your application and join us on the path towards the best version of you. Click here to get started.

The application deadline is May 25th 20204.

Please Note: Each program currently accommodates eight applicants. Our application process is thorough and may require personal details about you and your experiences. Selection is not guaranteed. If you’re not chosen, we encourage you to reapply for future programs.

If you require immediate care, please click here for helpful resources.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us a message.

About the Author

  • Mike Bires

    Mike Bires has over 30 years of military and law enforcement experience. He is the developer of the Shields & Stripes website and works with the Marketing Team to advance the organization's digital presence.

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