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The Green Life: Letting Veterans Heal Outdoors

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November 11, 2009

Letting Veterans Heal Outdoors

Military rafting Though the U.S. has been at war for most of the last decade, our conflicts abroad have retreated from the headlines in recent years. But even as the wars have dissolved into the background for many Americans, U.S. soldiers continue to be deployed in large numbers to war zones around the world, bravely defending their country despite the strain on their families, their communities, and, for Reserve and National Guard members, their careers. 

Knowing that returning soldiers face many challenges, the Sierra Club started the Military Families Outdoors program to offer nature-based trips for veterans of recent wars. No-cost Outward Bound experiences allow soldiers to connect with nature, challenge themselves, and spend time with other veterans away from the battlefield.

For military families, the program offers summer camp for the children of deployed servicemembers, and retreats that allow families time and space to reconnect. The Sierra Club also offers a 10 percent discount on other Sierra Club Outings for military families.

While the newspaper headlines about soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan may not be as bold or frequent as they once were, the Sierra Club remains committed to honoring veterans and helping them connect to, and heal in, the natural world.

--Kyle Boelte / photo: Brittany McKee


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