Many studies show that nature and outdoor recreation can be therapeutic. Its many benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Finding meaning and purpose
- Developing heightened awareness
- Promotes physical activity
- A “Natural High”
In episode 138, Sean Ricks mentioned a nonprofit called Camp Valor Outdoors. It’s a nonprofit that helps ill, injured and wounded active duty, veterans and their family members. They do this by taking them on fishing, hunting, shooting, archery, four-wheeling and camping excursions. They believe that “healing in the great outdoors…and connecting with fellow warriors… is therapeutic and essential to healing.” The staff are volunteers and each dollar is spent on the programs that they host.
Although the nonprofit operates out of Kingsville, MO, Camp Valor’s competitive shooting program is located near Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, VA. That’s how we linked up recently, where they hosted me at a shooting clinic and a couple of matches to see what they are all about.
This week we interviewed Camp Valor Outdoors’ Chief Operating Officer, Army Veteran, and retired Colonel Denise Loring. She is a world class shooter, having shot in a CMP and NRA Nationals, USA Olympic Trials (Air Rifle), and World Championships. We talked about her recruitment to the Army, specifically for shooting. Then she talked about her 29-year career, her transition out of service, and how she came to find a home with Camp Valor Outdoors. In addition, we discussed the mission of Camp Valor Outdoors and how Veterans can take part in the programs offered by the nonprofit.
Finally, we covered the recent “Remember the Brave” Shooting Match on Marine Corps Base Quantico. She went into detail about how each unique trophy is made to honor a particular fallen service member.
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#BtBattle Veteran of the Week:
Army Veteran Charlie Challelea
We honor his service.