Speaker Series - Innovations for Veterans

Full Event

Clip: Micah Fink with Heroes and Horses

Clip: Chad Spangler with Outward Bound for Veterans

Clip: Alumni from Heroes and Horses and Outward Bound for Veterans

Innovations for Military Veterans: Heroes & Horses and Outward Bound for Veterans

Two nonprofit organizations, Heroes & Horses and Outward Bound for Veterans, are using innovative outdoor expeditionary learning programs to reshape the way returning vets make the adjustment to civilian life. In short, the two organizations are filling a gap. Nearly 6 in 10 veterans receiving VA services who deployed after September 11, 2001, have received a mental health diagnosis.[1] Yet traditional mental health services, for a number of reasons, are underutilized. Offering alternative approaches to traditional mental health therapy, both H&H and OB4V believe veterans find their path to recovery through immersions in challenging situations and experiential activities that require teamwork. By pushing limits, the programs believe, returning veterans can discover new personal capabilities and ultimately find their passion and purpose in life.

 

Resources:

Outward Bound for Veterans

Heroes and Horses

Scheinfeld, D.E. , Rochlen, A.B., & Russell, M.L. (2016, August 25). The Impact of Outward Bound Programming on Psychological Functioning for Male Military Veterans. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

November 9, 2016 WSJ: What a Veteran Brings to the Backwoods of Montana

November 11, 2011 ABC: After Returning Home, Soldiers Find Sanctuary in Being Together on Outdoor Adventure Trips

 

[1] Scheinfeld, D.E. , Rochlen, A.B., & Russell, M.L. (2016, August 25). The Impact of Outward Bound Programming on Psychological Functioning for Male Military Veterans. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.