Growing Veterans (GV) was organized locally a few years ago to assist veterans who are having problems adjusting to life after their military service, especially those who served in combat zones.
The organization was the brainchild of Christopher Brown, a Marine who served with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit was subsequently and heavily dogged by suicides after its members returned from the war zone. (See In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another – NYTimes 19 Sep 2015) We know that in this country 18 to 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Christopher thought that through the process of growing food, veterans instead would learn new ways to connect, coming out of their isolation while also acquiring farming skills. […]