Letting Veterans Heal Outdoors
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