Dr Rebekah Paci-Green
Growing Veterans was founded in 2012 by Chris Brown, a United States Marine Corps Vet. He was trying to find a way to bring veterans out of isolation and into the community to help end suicide. Bringing people onto the farm he used ‘dirt therapy’ as a way to work through mental health challenges, and as a way to be social in a natural way. GV is not just for veterans, but encourages the larger community to be a part of the whole process at the farm. “Only through the mutual engagement and support between veterans AND civilians, will we see veterans having a complete and holistic transition home into our communities after military service.” The 3 pillars GV stands for is growing food, each other, and the community.
Christian, Quinlan, "Growing Veterans" (2022). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 10.
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