“This gives us [veterans] an opportunity to be a success and become part of the food and agricultural movement in Maine.”
TheOldManSays that this is just another example of the veteran interest and participation in the farming community. I encourage you to read the entire article. There is a sense of the pride of participation; and as stated, this is a hand up, not a hand out!
“They give you medication, put you on another pill to keep you from killing yourself and consider that a success,” said Jerry Ireland, who spent 10 years in the Army and served in Afghanistan.
“We as veterans are trying to change that. It’s not good enough for vets to come home and not work,” Ireland said.
Thanks to the newly chartered Farmer Veteran Coalition of Maine, of which Ireland is executive director, Mainers who served in the military can now find a fertile future in agriculture.”
“The pride I felt as a veteran on active duty is lost along the way in civilian life. You put it on a shelf,” said Ireland, who has been farming for 3 ½ years. “With the label, we get that sense of pride and ownership back.”
TheOldManSays it is good to see the Homegrown by Heroes effort going forward and more veterans becoming active. I really believe that this is a job that veterans will and can do extremely well.
Read more at. . . Courtesy of. . . New group aims to help veterans learn to farm — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine