The return from combat is an emotional roller coaster for our veterans. Adapting to life back home, many dealing with injuries internal and external, is a process made easier by spending time outdoors.
but what we can do is give them peace for a moment in time…
A celebration of our gratitude, laughter around a fire, and normalcy amongst peers for a moment in time…
Veterans are a population at high risk for emotional stress that weighs on entire families. Our nation’s wounded veterans suffer from depression, alcoholism, and suicide rates much higher than the national average. The VA publishes that 22 veterans commit suicide daily. That rate is substantially higher than the national average for non-veterans, and the rate for young veterans, the 700,000 who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 10 years, is growing. Other veteran problems associated with coping with that stress and depression are high rates of drug and alcohol abuse and violence.
The effect is beyond personal for these wounded heroes as well – it destroys their families and burdens their communities with costs of social services, violence, and unproductive citizens. Two million children live with war veterans, and as many as 500,000 are clinically depressed. The rate of physical domestic violence in veteran homes associated with alcohol abuse rose 54% over the period of 2001 and 2011.
The problem is not solvable via military resources alone – the military clearly states that community resources beyond veteran services must be developed and aided to successfully help our heroes and their families (Cost of War, 2014, www.costofwar.org). Texas has the second highest veteran population in the country (only behind California) as well, with 1.3 million war heroes.
For our heroes, our valiant men and women who have served in the military, Trinity Oaks hosts an experience of a lifetime! Through adaptive methods, such as Trinity Oaks’ Action Trackchair (a customized, all-terrain wheelchair on tracks), veterans can move beyond physical limitations to enjoy hunting and fishing with increased mobility and independence. Trinity Oaks understands that not all injuries are physical and often host live combat veterans who are dealing with PTSD and other mental traumas.
For most warriors, simply being outdoors and participating in the great sports of hunting and fishing is the best form of therapy. At the end of each trip the harvested fish and game is processed and given to the participants or distributed to others who are in need of a nutritious meal.
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