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Describes how field sports, particularly hunting, contribute to reductions in feelings of isolation, disconnection, and disassociation among returning veterans, due to ancient but evolving cultural contexts, meanings, and rituals of field sports, which eventually become entangled in tribe-like individual and group identities, rituals, and symbols.
The notion that fly-fishing can be therapeutic is not new. According to Gierach, "They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that's not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they're just not such a big deal anymore." A quick search on the internet of the phrase "Therapeutic Fly-Fishing" will yield many interesting applications, including within the cancer therapy context, for PTSD, for physical disabilities, for treating substance abuse and addiction, and a host of other maladies. Since the publication of Berners's Treatise on Fishing with an Angle and Walton's The Compleat Angler, which "marked the birth of recreational fishing and defined many of its core traits, including the retreat to nature, fair chase, and rugged individualism," the public has been in the process of being convinced that fly-fishing is good for you.
Farming is one of the oldest professions, probably about as old as soldiering. Historically, the two were often interlinked, even in the recent story of the birth and development of the United States. It's no wonder that soldiers returning from the last ten plus years of warfare in the Middle East are turning to farming as a route to reintegration into civilian life. However, questions exist as to why exactly some choose this route. This article describes motivations and values affiliated with veterans' resonance with agricultural programs, from the perspective of the author, who is himself a veteran, a farmer, and a researcher in the field
This chapter takes a reflective approach in exploring hunting as a form of outdoor recreation with benefits to the returning combatant. This is explored in a few sequential steps, by first introducing the author's own intertwined military and outdoor recreation story, moving into the transition of that history into scholarly interests, and finally briefly describing his current research and preliminary results regarding hunting and the return of the warrior.