157: Why Heading Into Nature Helps Veterans (Lornett Vestal)
Release Date: 11/11/2021
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You know how we feel about veterans using nature to heal from the wounds of war. After all, helping Luke deal with the hidden injuries from service was what sent us packing for Alaska to start with. Spending time outside, study after study demonstrates, helps brains heal from trauma.
Veterans Day is a day set aside for the U.S. to honor its living veterans. It also makes a great time to talk about veteran-specific issues, like heading into nature to find the assistance you need. In this episode of Humans Outside we talk with Lornett Vestal, who leads programming for the Sierra Club’s military outdoors effort.
Some of the good stuff:
[2:44] Lornett Vestal’s favorite outdoor space
[4:03] How Lornett became someone who likes to go outside
[11:05] What we decided to call members of the Space Force (sorry, guys)
[11:28] The problem with military transition
[15:54] Why going outside is great for veterans
[22:42] What he’s seen from veterans outside
[27:12] Why doing something as a group or unit is important
[31:46] Do we lean on medication too much?
[38:18] Do we overcomplicated heading outside?
[47:32] How to get involved with the Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors
[50:06] Lornett’s favorite outdoor gear
[51:36] Lornett’s favorite outdoor moment
Read more about Lornett Vestal: https://lornettvestal.com/
Learn more about the Sierra Club’s military outdoors program: https://www.sierraclub.org/military-outdoors
Follow Lornett on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evolvedman83/
Find Lornett on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lornettbvestal
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