Posted on February 16, 2017 by Bobbie O'Brien
Solar panels are the sole power for the sustainable garden project that was expanded to include veterans. It’s a place where veterans can learn gardening techniques as well as solar power, raising chickens, bees and tilapia.
A ceremonial seed planting will be part of the official opening of the Veterans’ Garden, 918 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa across from Lowry Park Zoo.
The event is set for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 10:30 a.m. and will include recognition of USAA which provided a grant to expand the sustainable garden for veterans.
It’s a place where veterans can volunteer, learn agriculture techniques and the produce will be donated to veterans at risk of homelessness.
“Veterans found that since they started community agriculture initiatives that they were more comfortable talking with civilians and more comfortable talking to strangers and people that didn’t have a military background,” said VA researcher Karen Besterman-Dahan, “Those were really important things.”
She said researchers are just beginning to study the therapeutic value of agriculture and gardening to help veterans manage depression, anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
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Posted on February 14, 2017 by Bobbie O'Brien
Cadet Nelson Lalli After being Recognized with his mother, Dorie Griggs and sister, Chelle.
Some of the most popular postings to Off the Base have been written by Dorie Griggs. She chronicled her journey as a mother, new to military jargon and life, from when her son entered the Citadel to later joining the U.S. Army.
One entry, written in July 2013, has received a lot of traffic: Lessons Learned from a Son’s First Deployment. And that’s where I found this comment and plea for help from today, Feb. 14, 2017.
My son is set to deploy in two weeks. He is married and has two children. His wife is his first priority and I support that wholeheartedly but is there a way for me to keep up with what is going on? Can I still be on his Family List to receive updates? I don’t want to ask him or his wife because they are already under enough stress.
I am uncertain which military branch her son is serving, but I’m hoping all current active-duty, experienced military parents and veterans can share some insight.
Thanks to the military family, ahead of time, for coming through.
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Posted on February 3, 2017 by Bobbie O'Brien
Raising chickens is one of many skills veterans will learn at the Veterans Garden under construction in Tampa.
There’s a growing movement to help veterans transition from the battlefield to a more bucolic setting. Whether it’s a community agriculture initiative or a functioning farm – researchers are finding that raising food can offer veterans both a therapeutic and an economic value.
A garden where veterans can learn to work the land and grow food is under construction at The Sustainable Living Project, on Sligh Avenue, just across from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Continue reading
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Posted on February 2, 2017 by Bobbie O'Brien
There were civilian casualties that may include children during the U.S. military raid in Yemen Jan. 29, 2017 which also killed Navy Seal Team Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens according to a statement from U.S. Central Command.
“Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula has a horrifying history of hiding women and children within militant operating areas and terrorist camps, and continuously shows a callous disregard for innocent lives,” said Col. John J. Thomas, U.S. Central Command spokesman.
Officials add that “valuable intelligence” was gathered from materials seized during the Yemen raid that also wounded three U.S. service members.
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