Hope you're having a great weekend Sierra Club Nation! While I'm waiting for the forcasted snow to come down out in the Rocky Mountains, I had some time on my hands to watch this short video about the Holloman Air Force Base's Outdoor Wingmen Program. The program is designed to teach resiliency skills for deployed and recently returned airmen from the Air Force.
My favorite quote from the video is at the end when the founder of the program discusses the need for skills to be moved beyond the classroom to real world applications. Its true, in the military we get plenty of class room lessons about transition and stress management, but if we don't practice it, what are we really learning? The outdoors, as Holloman Air Force Base has discovered, allows us a safe place to exercise our demons, be true to ourselves, and move beyond our deployments.
It can be a difficult thing to do.
I'm still working on it myself, but it gives me great confidence to see that we're moving in the right direction here at the Sierra Club and nationwide, that the outdoors, time in wilderness really can be the bridge that get's us home from our combat community to a broader community welcoming us home.
~Stacy Bare, OIF Veteran
Military Families and Veteran Representative to the Sierra Club
"Helping America's Military and Veteran Community experience the freedom of the land they defend"