The Story

As Iowans, we’re fortunate to wake up every day knowing we have dedicated first responders and military personnel ready to act on our behalf. They serve to protect our homes and properties. They’re first on the scene to treat us in emergencies. And many risk their lives defending our freedoms. But the daily pressures and risk they encounter can be an emotional roller coaster that may lead to chronic stress impacting their marriages and families. It’s time to give back to those who’ve given so much to us.

After the tragic officer shootings on November 2, 2016, internationally renowned speakers and authors, Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg purposed to help. Impact Iowa’s Heroes, an Honoring America’s Heroes initiative, focusing on supporting Iowa’s first responder and military couples, was launched.


In the fall of 2017 & 2018 the Rosbergs held a 24-hour Marriage Getaway for first responder and military couples to equip, coach, and encourage them in their marriages. Counties from all over Iowa were represented. In addition to honoring these heroic couples, the getaway included marriage coaching by the Rosbergs, an over-night stay, entertainment by comedian Kenn Kington, outstanding meals, resources to strengthen their marriages, and gifts from community sponsors. Iowa corporations, families, citizens and churches financially provided to show our appreciation and offer the support these brave men and women deserve.

Our mission is to honor and strengthen Iowa’s first responder and military marriages by providing relevant coaching, encouraging the development of community with one another, and rallying the support of the citizens of Iowa.

Getaway 2017

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2017 Participant Coin

2017 Participant Coin

Getaway 2018

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Following the 2017 Marriage Getaway where we served 130 couples, we knew a 2018 Getaway would likely expand in number and territory. And it did. 150 couples gathered for our Fall 2018 marriage getaway where they were served like kings and queens with a beautiful downtown hotel room, meals, entertainment from comedian Kenn Kington, resources, and five coaching sessions from Barb and Gary.

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The responses from our couples have humbled and cheered our hearts. Here are a few:

Wow! This weekend was amazing and one of the best weekends we have ever spent together. You and Barb rocked our world and because of this weekend, our marriage is going to grow in ways we never thought possible.
Thanks to you, Barb and your entire team for the amazing weekend away! We love how much you invest into our marriages and community and could never thank you enough!
Wanted to say thanks so much for all you did to make last weekend a great time. I have had really good feedback from the couples who attended from our Fire Dept. It was also really good for me personally, in my own marriage! Thank You!!
I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to attend this event. I can tell you that we both found this event extremely beneficial and both learned a lot of things to help us succeed in our marriage. Thank you for your commitment in helping us have a better life outside of the uniform! We look forward to attending future events and attending the conference next year!