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Veterans look to farming to grow and heal

from USA Today via Military Times

Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier. But after the Iraqi war veteran was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a motorcycle accident left the Iowa native struggling to cope with severe head and leg injuries, his life changed. Simester's time in the Army was over. And lost, he thought, was his identity and his sense of purpose. The 37-year-old has since undergone hardcore mental and physical "forced therapy," as he calls it, and finds himself now thriving in what once seemed the most unlikely of places: 10 acres of farmland in rural Iowa that is home to apple and peach trees, rows of vegetables and scores of chickens that demand his daily attention. more


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