Dr. Keith Tidball Leading Military and Outdoors Project

Returning soldiers have participated in outdoor programs such as fishing and gardening to help them in their transition home from war zones including Afghanistan and Iraq. Working with Cornell’s Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County, Dr. Keith Tidball is looking at how being outside and taking part in outdoor activities eases the transition home of army veterans from war.

Tidball explains, “We know already that lots of soldiers come back, men and women, saying they can’t wait to get back out into the outdoors.” He hopes to discover what their motivations are and what gets them excited to take part in outdoor activities that may help them in their homecoming and “heal the wounds of war.”

Cornell hosted two meetings today for local war veterans to share their outdoor healing experiences and answer a few conversational questions from Dr. Tidball.

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