Early Autumn in the Sierra Nevada, Author Don Graham of Redlands, CA (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”
– John Muir
The respected naturalist and environmental philosopher, John Muir, believed that nature offers the body and mind opportunities to heal themselves .
Muir tirelessly hiked the Sierra Nevada, writing extensively about his experiences and ultimately co-founding America’s premier conservation organization, the Sierra Club. His activism helped to preserve both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Mission Outdoors https://missionoutdoors.org/ and Hometown Hero Outdoors https://hometownherooutdoors.org/ are two small non-profits which share Muir’s view.
They afford military service members and veterans a temporary escape from the stress of combat or the difficulties of transitioning to civilian life through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Hometown Hero Outdoors is open to law enforcement personnel, as well.
Many of these individuals suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder – an illness to which victims of childhood abuse and domestic abuse are, also, prone. Continue reading
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The Senate has ordered an independent evaluation of how the Defense Dept. deals with child sexual violence on military bases . This follows an Associated Press investigation which exposed multiple failures, in instances with underage victims and assailants .
The US Armed Forces have attempted to come to terms with the rape of female soldiers for the past 10 years. But reports of rape and sexual assault among children on base often die a slow death, under mountains of paperwork and red tape. Some are deliberately buried.
The Defense Dept. does not, it seems, even track such reports for statistical purposes. The Associated Press, however, managed to uncover nearly 600 cases between 2007-2018. Continue reading