Saluting wounded veterans with a week of fun in the Perdido Key sunAugust 17 2016

By Charleigh Kennedy


What started as a single owner’s gesture of thanks to a wounded veteran has quickly evolved into an annual week-long free vacation for more than 20 wounded American military veterans and their families.

Wounded Vets at Eden

In 2014, an Eden owner decided to give up his unit for a week to a combat wounded Iraq veteran. The word quickly spread throughout the condominium and before long, 25 condo owners eagerly vacated their units to give the vets and their families a week of rest, relaxation and fun in the Perdido Key sun! 

For the third year, Eden is working in collaboration with two military veteran organizations, Wounded War Heroes and the Wounded Warrior Project, to coordinate the event this September 17-24. In the previous years Eden has also teamed up with local businesses to provide the vets and their families with complimentary sailing, beach chairs, restaurant meals, attraction tickets and more.  

Wounded Vets at Eden_photo by Brian Kelly

Photo: Brian Kelly,

In addition to a free vacation, veterans will have the opportunity to share their experiences and enjoy the company of other wounded vets alike — plus it’s a chance for families to talk with one another and come together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Learn more about the week on the beach with Southwest Louisiana veteran Gary Powell at Eden.

If you or your business would like to contribute to the week of fun and relaxation for our wounded veterans, Eden is asking for paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper), paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery, bottles of water, soda and snacks. Please contact Eden by phone or email at 850-492-3336 or

Thank you to our 2016 donors for your generous contributions for our wounded veterans:

Congressman Jeff Miller
PAWN Investments
Café Beignet
Emerald Coast Images 
Perdido Beach Services 
Sail Wild Hearts 
Flora-Bama Yacht Club 
Lillian's Pizza
Culinary Productions
Perdido Key Sports Bar
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Suzy Toronto
Jimmie Sue and Darlene Webster, Wild Wacky Wonderful Women
Perdido Chamber
Smokin' Elvis'
Visit Pensacola
Mark and Darlene Webster
Brian and Jan Dalbey
Eden Condominiums
Chuck Hoffman
John Wesley Hall III
Barbara Spraggins
George Charles and Amy Lapeyre
Barbara Cruthirds
Clay C and Katherine Rowe
Carol Geer
Kathryn Rinaudo and Donald Smith, M.D.
Leonard and Victoria Maffei
John Casto
John Freeby
Ronald and Sally Deane, Sr.
Gary Hunt
Kenneth and Susan Jarrell
Nan Cahill
Valesa and Mike Attaway
J. Neal and Janis Boudreaux
Jeannette Hennessee
Russell and Megan Warden
Barbara Powell
Neil Scrimpshire
Title Guaranty
Robert Hynson
Eddie Zarhan Agency 
Judy and Sandy Meador
Dawn and Anthony Fusco
Keith and Kathy Goers
Weldon and Elizabeth Thomas
Betsy and Jimmy Williams
Mac Taul, Merchants Transfer Company
Joe Gilchrist, Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
Stacy Powers and Mary Sanderson, Emerald Oasis Day Spa & Salon
Penny Esworthy
Sams Club
Jeanette Pollett, PCAM Association Manager Needle Rush Point Owners Association
Judy Davis and Jim Martin