How working the land is helping US war veterans heal

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By Sean Powers

Veterans coming back from conflict often struggle with the transition to civilian life. They have higher rates of depression and suicide, and they’re more likely to be unemployed. On top of that, service members must often wait months for appointments at Veterans Affairs health facilities.

So, a combat vet in Georgia has founded a farm designed to immerse returning soldiers in the restorative rigors of working the land.

It’s been a long journey for Jon Jackson, from the battlefield to farmland, and he knows personally the challenges of coming home from war. He served six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Getting care has been difficult.

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