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‘Mountain Missions' trip aims to connect, heal veterans

Posted at 10:31 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 23:31:21-04

It’s hard to believe—experts are estimating 22 veterans are taking their own lives every day.

Support groups across the country and right here at home are doing what they can to put an end to that.

One of their platforms is to use nature and this weekend’s trip to build relationships to help other veterans in need.

”We exist ultimately as organizations that seek to connect veterans together, so that we are bringing our heroes home,” Partners for Heroes' Stacy Hester said.

Megan Lowry is a marine corps veteran and a TU grad student.

She was handpicked for this weekend journey to explore mother nature with her fellow servicemen and women.

"The camaraderie that was there is indescribable and there’s nothing else like it,” Lowry said. "Doing it now as a civilian we get to rediscover parts of our identities that we either kind of tucked away or that we haven’t even discovered yet.”

The hope for these groups is to get reach out to veterans any way they can.

When I connect to one of these other veterans who know other veterans, who know other resources in the community, we are working collectively through those relationships to bring our heroes home,” Hester said.

The group will be waking up bright and early around 5 a.m. and travel to Arkansas to hike around the Buffalo National River.

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