Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Veterans Conservation Corps
After serving in Operation IraqiFreedom and being awarded a Combat Action Ribbon,
two Marine Corps Reserve Medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation, Haberthur saw that
his personal experience with nature could become a broader experience shared by fellow
vets who may be struggling with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Haberthur’s fellowship project will connect fellow vets, including those struggling with
PTSD, to the healing powers of nature by developing a Veterans Conservation Corps in
the Chicago Area. The Corps will restore habitat at the 1,131-acre Dick Young Forest
Preserve (named after a recently deceased former Marine to honor his service and carry
on his conservationist vision).
Benjamin Haberthur | Together Green