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Patriot Warrior Foundation brings soldiers into nature

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Amarillo, TX - As veterans and their loved ones celebrate Veterans Day in their own ways, some of our area soldiers are finding solace in the outdoors, thanks to a growing Texas organization.

The Patriot Warrior Foundation is an Austin-based group that offers weekend excursions like fishing and hunting at no cost to veterans on temporary or permanent leave.

Depression and suicide are two of the most prevalent problems facing returning veterans today, and the idea behind these excursions is to use the healing power of nature to combat one of the most overlooked casualties of war - peace of mind.

Organizer Major Clay Wheeler, a retired 26-year Army veteran, explains the focus, saying,

"One of the big things we're trying to do right now is anti-depression and suicide prevention.  It's one of the sad facts right now that our returning heroes en up killing themselves and it's a tragedy, but it's one of the realities of war."

The Foundation operates on donations of money, time, and land from farmers and ranchers - in other words, pure Texas generosity.

If you'd like to learn more about suicide prevention and statistics or the therapeutic powers of nature, follow the associated links.

"It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag
that allows the protester to burn the flag. "

 - Father Dennis O'Brien
 - Chaplain, United States Marines