Helping Native American Veterans Cope with Post-War Stress
Veterans who serve their country in all branches of the military all too often come home with broken spirits, suffering from grief, health challenges, and nightmares. Utilizing the two new trails that were constructed by Native American youth in previous Active Trails programs, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site wanted to offer the Native American veterans living in nearby Ganado a place to heal.
Park staff offered monthly guided hikes to nearly 160 veterans, providing them an opportunity to connect with nature, share healthy meals, help maintain the trails, and close each guided trail experience with prayer, a vital part of the Native American culture. The park was honored to be able to offer those who have served their country a safe and sacred place to begin, or continue their healing journeys.