Monday, January 26, 2009

Combat to Conservation

I'm very happy today to be able to report that things are moving right along for Combat to Conservation, our charter is being devolved, the non-profit legalities are being taken care of, our site is open at CTC (please be careful not to trip over the saw horses) and we are recruiting. As you can tell I'm very excited about CTC this organization's potential for helping with conservation efforts and helping veterans at the same time is tremendous, I hope my readers here at EW will keep watching and offering your support for this growing concern.

Combat to Conservation (CTC) is committed to helping disabled veterans and the environment. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for disabled veterans who have returned from combat by helping them access volunteer conservation projects. CTC will be designed to team up with existing conservation organization(s) in order to provide a no fee clearing house to returning soldiers who wish to participate in conservation efforts. Funding will be provided by grants and donations to the Combat to Conservation Organization on behalf of disabled veterans, to help provide any special needs or assistance necessary for them to be able to help out in important conservation programs. Combat to Conservation will have an environmental focus while also providing an opportunity for disabled combat veterans.

Combat to Conservation will remain a non-profit organization by design to give disabled combat veterans an opportunity to do something rewarding despite their inability to work. Many disabled veterans are unable to pursue a higher education or career opportunities because of physical and mental disabilities. By providing them with this opportunity to volunteer, they will have an alternative that society does not provide. Disabled veterans rely on limited means from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is important for this program to provide them with not only a meaningful opportunity, but also a cost-free one.

Many disabled veterans battle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression, and many other mental disorders. Many needed adjustment programs are not available to them. Combat to Conservation would provide disabled veterans with an opportunity to address the obvious environmental issues that our planet is facing, while also helping them to adjust a little easier. Volunteering outdoors would help to lift their spirits and give them a sense of new hope, while also giving them an opportunity to overcome the stigma of disability and to feel a sense of accomplishment.

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