Military Matters: Vets Needed For Back To Nature Study

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Many soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken part in programs that take place outdoors - everything from fishing to swimming to planting gardens.

Many more simply head for the outdoors on their own.

And those soldiers will tell you being outdoors is a big help.

Now, researchers from Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County are studying that help. They want to know why being outdoors seems to ease the transition from war.

"We know already that lots of soldiers come back, men and women, saying they can't wait to get back out into the outdoors," explained Dr. Keith Tidball, one of the Cornell researchers.

"We want to know more about 'why?' What are the motivations? What specifically excites them about getting back into the outdoors and most importantly, what about getting back into the outdoors is going to heal the wounds of war?"

To that end, Cornell has set up two meetings for local veterans to talk about their experiences outdoors.

The meetings are both on September 6 at the Carthage American Legion, 415 West Street. The first is from 12 pm to 2 pm, with lunch provided, and the second is 6 to 8 pm, with dinner provided.

Dr. Tidball will "ask eight to ten questions in a fun, participatory style," according to organizers. 

To participate, call Jerilynn at (315) 788-8450, ext 223 or email at jas383@cornell.edu.

Monday, October 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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