In Southern California, three veterans have taken a field-oriented approach to helping combat-wounded vets regain their pre-injury confidence. Earlier this year, veterans Mark Hupp, David Lyon, and Al Clark founded Rogue Corps, a non-profit organization that takes wounded veterans out of the hospital and into the field for what Rogue Corps calls therapeutic adventure.
“We’re helping these guys to reclaim their independence,” says David Lyon, a double amputee who served five combat deployments. “We go by big-boy rules; we treat them like the grown men they are.”
The transition from an able-bodied serviceman to a hospital-bed patient can sap the confidence and morale from a person. But when Rogue Corps takes veterans fishing, hunting, shooting, or mountain biking there’s a part of each man restored by the activity. Getting these men’s boots back on the ground—even if it’s a boot on a prosthetic leg or the wheels of a wheelchair—does more than just give them fresh air.
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