Veterans Helping Veterans through Conservation Action
This project will help veterans make positive changes in their lives, communities, and environment. This will be achieved through the continuation of volunteer veterans workdays that began a year ago and the implementation of a six-month transitional training program for four individual veterans. The four veterans selected to work as Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) members will work as a small team with one member designated as a crew leader, as they did in the military. They will reap the positive outcomes in health and well-being of direct contact with nature while learning the real-world skills that will help them secure employment in the field of ecological restoration. VCC members will learn the science and art of ecological restoration while restoring degraded oak woodlands, prairies, and wetlands at the Dick Young Forest Preserve. They will work under the guidance of a fellow veteran-turned-conservationist. This project is being led by Ben Haberthur.