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Groups Help Veterans Adjust
Because of the state of affairs around the world, more and more United States Armed Forces Veterans are returning home and finding it difficult to readjust back into society. Many different advocacy groups exist to help these brave men and women, and some of them use an effective, natural means of keeping them connected while making the transition: outdoor adventures.
Veteran's Outdoor Adventures Group
Based in Arizona, V.O.A.G's mission is to "keep veterans' adventures going in a positive direction, by continuing to provide the environment for one to derive satisfaction from the camaraderie shared in the great outdoors of the American Southwest with other veterans." To do that, the groups offers programs to veterans that include 4-wheel drive tours, horseback riding and fishing. The V.O.A.G. is non-profit and their funding is made possible only through soliciting, networking and fundraising with agencies that support veterans.
United Special Sportsman Alliance
The USSA is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that grants "outdoor wishes," specializing in sending critically ill and disabled youth and military veterans on fishing and hunting trips. Where the Make-A-Wish foundation takes kids to Disneyland or Hollywood, some kids just want to go out hunting or fishing. That's where the USSA comes in. Ever since its inception in 2000, USSA has fulfilled the wishes of 6,300 families all over the US and are constantly spreading the word among health care providers and veterans groups, hoping to connect with the "dreamers."
Founded in Montana in 2005, Camp Patriot is a group that "creates relationships through outdoor adventures that will promote positive life changing experiences...find(ing) ways to overcome obstacles that keep disabled veterans from fulfilling their dreams to be in the outdoors." To accomplish their mission, Camp Patriot provides a wide range of outdoor activities like moose, goose and boar hunts, fishing trips and climbs up Mt Rainier.
The men and women of our Armed Services sacrifice so much for our freedoms and too many of them come back home injured and not able to do so many of the things they love, activities we often take for granted. Thanks to great organizations like VOAG, USSA and Camp Patriot, these selfless veterans are getting the chance to experience the thrills of outdoor adventure.
sources: www.jsonline.com, www.veteranjournal.com, www.camppatriot.org
photos: www.childswish.com, www.camppatriot.org
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