Who We Are

The Silent Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that serves veterans who struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Founded in 2016, we host spiritual retreats for veterans and provide tools to help them reduce stress through a daily practice of mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer. By helping veterans fully re-engage in their lives and be present with their loved ones, we can bring about hope. And healing.
We seek to be the best resource for veterans with PTSD and MST and their families by educating, speaking truth and leading change.
OUR MISSION: To reduce veteran suicide rates and help veterans mindfully heal from the wounds of war.

Board of Directors


Retreat Volunteers

Founder  & Board President

Ryan Haugen

Ryan (pictured here with his service dog, Abbott) is a veteran with PTSD who served in the United States Navy for 4 years during the Gulf War.  In his career, he has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veteran’s Advocate and has more than 20 years of experience serving veterans and their families.

Board Vice President / Treasurer

Harry Hurley

Harry is a veteran who served in the United States Navy for 4 years during the Vietnam War.  He was also the President of the Board of Directors of Helping Paws (who train and place service dogs for veterans with PTSD.)  He is currently an Adjunct Professor, at Saint Mary’s University, in the Masters Program for Information Technology Management.  He loves to help others, golf and happens to be a Golf Pro!

Board Secretary

Phil Styrlund

Phil serves as Chief Executive Officer at The Summit Group, is a recognized thought leader on strategic selling and business value transformation and is the author of “Relevance:  Matter More”.  He earned a Bachelors degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and he also holds a Masters degrees in Business Management and Telecommunication Science from St. Mary’s University.

Board Member / Spiritual advisor

John E. Lawyer, Ph.D.
LtCol. USAF ret.

John is a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He is a Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.
Harvard College-A.B., 1960, University of Delaware- M.A., 1965, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University – M.P.A. 1970, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University – Ph.D., 1976, St. John’s Graduate School of Theology, st. John’s University – Certificate in Spirituality.

Board Member / Medical advisor

Angela Folie, PsyD, LP, CBIS

Angela is a Clinical Psychologist and Co-chair of the Brain Injury Program Committee, Abbott Northwestern. Chair of Psychology Section – Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Board President of Helping Paws, Inc. Chair of Allied Health Professionals Committee – Abbott Northwestern Hospital Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute/Courage Kenny Psychological Associates, Part of Allina Health.

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