From CNNMoney — “Former Army Sergeant Adam Burke’s struggle to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder took him out of the monotony of a rehab office and into the fresh air of a farm.
In 2009, the Purple Heart recipient launched Veterans Farm in Florida, an unconventional setting where veterans can heal from physical and mental injuries through ‘horticulture therapy.’
Working on the farm isn’t unlike what soldiers experience on deployment, he said.
“Vets need structure in life. It’s inbred in them,” said Burke, 34. At the farm, vets get up at 7 a.m. Each vet has a specific task assigned to them on a task board that has to be completed that day.
Tasks include planting fruits and vegetables, taking care of chickens and other farm animals, and even building a greenhouse.
Organic blueberries are grown in abundance and are a specialty of Burke’s farm in Jacksonville, Fla. Blueberry bushes are planted on elevated beds to make them accessible to wheelchair-bound vets during harvest time.”