Hughes teamed up with Chad Robichaux, a veteran of eight tours in Afghanistan and a certified pastoral counselor who had started Mighty Oaks in 2011. (He’s now director of veterans affairs at Serving California.) Hughes spent nearly $1 million to build a luxurious lodge and yurts to fit 35 guests. He wanted the veterans to feel pampered, so he got plush towels, high-thread-count sheets and a chef to serve local organic produce and black Angus steak.

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