Arnold Killian

For more than 40 years, Arnold Killian served his country in the United States Army Reserve, enlisting on
November 14, 1965, at the age of 20. Coming from a military family, his decision to serve his country
was a no brainer.
“My great-great grandfather served in the Civil War with an artillery unit from New York,” retired Chief
Warrant Officer (CWO2) reflects. “He was captured, sent to the notorious Andersonville prison camp,
located in Georgia, and survived to return home at the end of the war.”
“In my case, enlisting was a duty, almost a calling,” he states matter-of-factly. “I was proud of my
country, my family history, and the sacrifices they made. I’ve read and studied everything I could get my
hands on, from the Revolutionary War through today’s conflicts. I truly believe the military is part of my
DNA.”
Killian admits he was fortunate not to experience any combat. For those military service men and
women who paid the ultimate sacrifice on a battlefield, Killian has no doubt that “every one of these
heroes realized they died for a cause much greater than themselves. The realization that maybe the day
will come when you won’t be coming home starts the day you put on the uniform. You accept that fact
because that’s who you are.”
Since retiring on July 24, 2005, Killian remains active in helping active service men and women and
veterans through his service on the Valor Retreat Board. Valor stands for Veterans are Loved, Owed, and
Respected. The mission of Valor Retreat is to give back to those who have given so much by providing a
free, tranquil respite for combat veterans, their families and Gold Star families (those who have lost a
husband or wife in military service.)
“Freedom is never free,” exclaims the retired U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer. “Valor Retreat
desires to honor, thank, inspire and strengthen those combat veterans and their families who selflessly
protect the freedoms we enjoy today in the United States. Our goal is to raise $3 million for construction
of cabins and a lodge in Hocking Hills, Ohio where they can unwind, access fun recreational activities,
and receive therapeutic services made available through the mobile Veterans Center.”
“For veterans returning home, this transition can be traumatic,” he describes. “This is the starting point
to integrating back into society. If the veteran feels welcome, safe and secure, the transition will be
made easier. The veteran will begin to know he or she is OK.”
Killian is happy to serve on the Valor Retreat Board. “Not every veteran who returns to the U.S. soil is
OK, whether they are suffering from visible wounds or non-visible wounds. As a retired member of the
Armed Services, your obligation to your brothers and sisters in arms does not stop when you take off the
uniform. We take care of one another. Again, it’s who we are. It’s just a part of us. You never stop
serving.”
To learn more about Valor Retreat and to make a donation, visit valorretreat.org or call Barbara Titus at
216.410.8993 or Margie Wilber at 216.410.2395. Valor Retreat at High Rock, Inc. is recognized as a
public charity and has 501C3 status. Donations are tax deductible.