5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Mark Cloutier
Bill Campbell, owner of Wounded Warrior Ranch in Olympia, leads a developmentally disabled guest through a paddock on Maisey, one of the ranch's horses. WWR is free to all military service veterans and their families.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Disabled combat veteran Bill Campbell and his wife, Domenica, opened their 14-acre farm in December, free to all military service veterans and their families. Nestled into the thick, green Capitol Forest, just off State Road 8 about 30 miles south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is the peaceful respite known to many as Wounded Warrior Ranch.
Bill said the ranch is a place where veterans and their families can simply drop in for a time of peace and solitude and drop out of life’s rat race at the same time - a place where regimentation and schedules are checked at the door.
“Our mission is to honor and serve our nation’s veterans and their families with gratitude and appreciation through personal experience,” Domenica said. “We want people to rest and to relax and to feel as though they are at home when they’re here.”