As a sergeant in the military, Edwin Rodriguez learned this mantra – When you see something wrong you should do something about it. Driven by that mentality, Rodriguez signed up for a term of service with the Veteran Leader Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by Points of Light.
Military families understand the challenges that face veterans who are recovering from war-related traumas, visible or otherwise. Kate Fisher, whose husband served in the Army for 27 years, knew she could help.
John Reynolds had been drafted into the Vietnam War as a combat infantryman, and when he returned home, he had a difficult time transitioning into a career. During subsequent wars, he saw that returning vets had problems similar to those he had faced.
Spending eight hours a day for up to six months in nature offers the time and space to decompress, explains veteran Sean Gobin. Hiking with other veterans – people who understand what you’ve been through – is also critical, he adds.