Despite returning from active duty, many veterans continue to fight depression, unemployment, homelessness, divorce and suicide. The numbers are tough to think about: an average of 18 to 22 veterans committed suicide each day over the course of a 10 year period,according to a 2012 study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Growing Veterans is a nonprofit that exists to help veterans reintegrate into civilian society in an active, holistic way. They operate two farms in Washington State where veterans and non-veterans can come together to learn about sustainable agriculture. The produce is sold at farmers markets, which helps build connections between veterans and their communities. All of this helps to combat the isolation that many veterans experience, providing a welcoming space for camaraderie to grow and healing to happen.
At Trayvax, we are grateful for the service the military provides and for the support shown to our company. Some of our staff and family members are veterans, so it’s personal for us. We would like to show our appreciation to veterans by donating $5 to Growing Veterans each time you buy anOriginal wallet in Jurassic Camo. If you’d like to make a donation directly,click here. To learn more about Growing Veterans,click here.
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This past Friday we caught up with Growing Veterans in Lynden, WA, a local non-profit who empowers veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other. Executive Director, Sean Dalgarn, took the time to provide insight to his military background, day to day operations of Growing Veterans & Friday happened to be the day to prep sauerkraut.