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Title:Post 9/11 combat veterans in agriculture: Healing, peace, and purpose
Author(s):Wood, Jacqueline S.
Advisor(s):Thieman, Erica
Department / Program:Agricultural Education Program
Discipline:Agricultural Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):veterans
agriculture
stress
Abstract:Many veterans suffer from depression, and symptoms of PTSD and some cannot do daily tasks without the help of others or machinery. There is a group of Post 9/11 Combat Veterans who have found agriculture provides them with therapeutic benefits as well as being a way to earn income. Luckily, some coalitions have formed to provide support and unity for these veterans. One problem is agriculture is not traditionally a kind of therapy. Also, farming is a hard business to start without capital. The benefits of both need to be researched more to provide funding and programs for veterans. Research of post 9-11 combat veterans within the agriculture field is slim. The Veteran's Administration (VHA) has conducted some surveys on the subject, but not much in-depth research has happened. The research for this study looks into readjustment. Studies exist about the benefits of animals and horticulture on people in general concerning dogs, cats, horses, and gardening. The research in this study looks directly at how agriculture can help post 9-11 combat veterans. Extension and other rural programs should form for this group. Also, groups of veterans participating in the agricultural sector will increase. Job creation is an important benefit of this study. The study conducts through veterans completing a health questionnaire, wearing a heart monitor and keeping a journal of their activities. Shining light on this subject promotes healing, peace, and purpose through agriculture for Post 9/11 Combat Veterans.
Issue Date:2018-04-26
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101094
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Jacqueline Wood
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-04
Date Deposited:2018-05


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