02 Sep '11, 5pm

I love everything about this. California Conservation Corps Puts Iraq & Afghanistan Vets to Work in US Parks

I love everything about this. California Conservation Corps Puts Iraq & Afghanistan Vets to Work in US Parks

Organized by the California Conservation Corps , Southwest Conservation Corps and Veterans Green Jobs , Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are working in small teams doing maintenance and improvements in the backcounry wilderness in places like Sequoia National Park. From the NYTimes piece: The veterans benefit from having work (albeit at $8 an hour) and from being in a familiar situation: part of a small group in a far-off location with a little-understood job to do. "This reminds me of Fallujah, being in a remote area with a tight family," said Aaron Hernandez, a former Marine who served as a diesel mechanic in the Iraqi city during a bloody assault in 2004. "There were 10 mechanics, and we all lived together, we all ate together, we all worked together. That was what kept us going." The work is hard, but that's nothing new for men and woman more comfortable in a war zone. An...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/conservation-corp...

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