The fact is U.S. military personnel that spend time in stressful and or dangerous situations for extended periods of time and intensity are affected emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. These men and women have had to shut off self will, emotion, and moral convictions to carry out their orders. Unfortunately after service, a high percentage of returning veterans have a difficult time adjusting to a civilian life where this warrior mentality seems out of place. During their time of service he or she may have lost teammates, friends, and comrades. They themselves may have had to bear the brunt of dangerous and difficult work for extended periods of time without rest and without comfort or safety. The United States service member has suffered loss of limbs, head injuries, burns, PTSD, carcinogens, toxins, disease, homelessness, incarceration, and every other calamity including death by suicide since we have become a free nation. Too many veterans come home and have an extremely difficult time relating their experiences to loved ones, and friends. The returning veteran feels disconnected, and disassociated. They have been changed by the experiences of war and military service. This tragic truth hurts both the veterans, their families, and ultimately our country. No one can’t change the realities of war or military service but we may be able to plant some seeds of love, kindness, understanding, that will eventually bear good fruit in the lives of those men and women we call Veterans.
With the support of Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta county Colorado a 501C3 non-profit organization and Wilderness Journeys of Pagosa Springs Colorado an outdoor recreational activities provider. The Veterans Outdoor Recreational Therapy Project (V.O.R.T.E.X) hopes to provide veterans and their families with happy, memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. On These foundations can be built a lifetime of healing. With so many resources and outdoor activities available in and around beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We have a wonderful and unique opportunity to provide recreational activities for Veterans and their families.