Group Promotes Outdoor Adventures as Therapy for Veterans
Military life, despite its horrors, is characterized by deep camaraderie, commitment and excitement. As a result, many returning veterans experience severe boredom and isolation. In response to the soaring rate of veteran suicides, a nonprofit group called Veterans Expeditions offers “wilderness therapy” to former military members. The founders hope that the physical challenges and teamwork required for the outdoor adventures will allow veterans to replicate “the fellowship of arms” without exposing them to the negative aspects of conflict. They hope to draw thousands of veterans outdoors by 2020.
Source: National Geographic