There's a story that you may have heard kicked around in the newspapers and nightly news for the last few months. It's as unsettling as it is tragic. The rate of suicide among active military personnel, reservists, and veterans has increased to nearly 22 suicides a day. 22 every day, even as more resources are being allocated to prevent it--and finding a solution is likely as complicated as understanding why. 

Veterans Stacy Bare and Nick Watson know the struggles that service members face as they readjust to civilian life. Addiction. Depression. An overwhelming feeling of being out of place. But over time, both found a place in the outdoors and the surrounding community to recreate what they missed from the military, and to feel like they had really come home. And they didn’t stop there--they became determined to find a way to make that transition easier for other veterans too. Today, we bring you their stories and the story of how these two veteran's are creating a community for other veterans on the home front.

This episode does contain graphic descriptions of violence and adult language. 


Direct download: Home_Front.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00 PM

  • Amazing content and important causes, we need to continue and explore the effects that adventure and the outdoors can have on people!

    posted by: croussy on 2013-09-16 18:03:17

  • Thank you so much for this podcast. It is such an important issue and I think Stacey Bare and Nick Watson's stories are incredibly inspiring!

    posted by: Megan on 2013-09-11 04:40:52

  • Loved this podcast. Towards the end they mention Outward Bound. Back in the early '80s an OB instructor and army vet (Bob Rheault, Colonel of special forces in Vietnam) started serving veterans through Outward Bound for the same reasons Veteran Expeditions was formed and achieved the same results. Today Outward Bound continues to provide a variety of wilderness expeditions for about 600 veterans per year. It is completely free for veterans, including travel. There are 20 scheduled trips between now and the end of 2013 alone.

    posted by: Jason on 2013-08-06 18:45:25

  • Loved this one Fitz!!!

    posted by: Joe on 2013-08-01 02:34:37

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