When Doug Peacock served in Vietnam in his 20s, he dreamed of spending time in the Rockies. When he came back, he launched himself back into the wild and worked for many years studying grizzly bears and fighting for their federal protection.
Now, he says, the way to help vets overcome the trauma of the time they serve in the military is to get them outside. “What they need to do is go out and immerse (themselves) in the wild,” he said recently. “Let it wrap around you. See what it does to you.”
And that, my friends, is just another thing I can agree with. There isn't anyone I think can't be benefited by time outdoors!
You can read in this article about the stats of how many vets there are that aren't being given the treatment they seek, and how the military hasn't really got behind the idea of wilderness treatment.
But I don't think that's very important. What's important is that we go and help! Search your area for a wilderness program that does work with veterans. If there isn't one, check for one that does programs for youth, and work with them to start one! Even if its just once or twice a year, these kinds of wilderness encounters can encourage people to get out and learn to love life in a new way after their hardships!!