We know that military members who protect and serve often struggle when they come back home from deployment.
Chad Brown served our country in Desert Storm/Shield Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope, but he struggled with his mental health afterward. He went through therapy and did a lot of fly fishing, and says part of his own healing has been his work on Soul River, a Portland-based group that teams up vets suffering from mental health issues, with at-risk youth. Soul River takes veterans and inner-city youth together into the wilds. It teaches what cannot be learned in a traditional classroom or on a city street. Veterans serve as mentors for the young people.
Listen here to Chad’s story about how he launched Soul River: