About the Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC)
War takes its toll in many ways. With respect to our soldiers who return home and find it hard to adjust back into society or can't find a job in this miserable economy, many are enlisting in a new way of life and they could not be more grateful, or more appreciated.
A wonderful trend is growing among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: more and more are turning to the land to heal the emotional damage brought on by war.
Michael O'Gorman, a lifelong organic farmer, established the Farmer-Veteran Coalition as an organization that helps war veterans get back on their feet, find employment, get training and places to heal on America's farms.
Since 2007, the Coalition has been quietly helping to build green communities and is helping to rebuild our rural farming industry in order to secure a safe and healthy food supply. California has reaped the benefits of all this important work, but this program is slowly spreading across the country.
FVC believes that "our family farms, the sustainable farming movement and the growing support for local and regional agriculture could all be well served by people already accustomed to hard work, discipline and dedication. If given the opportunity, our returning veterans can benefit from and help to stimulate the growing green economy, even in these hard times." The organization holds strictly to being politically neutral and take no position on the war.
Please pass on this information to anyone who knows someone who is returning from war and at a loss for what to do. There is some great info in this video of Michael O'Gorman.