Veterans program gets funding boost


Last updated 8/1/2023 at 10:25am

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $25,000, which will fund continued agri-therapy programs to support rural veterans.

The Ranch is a sanctuary and community hub reconnecting veterans of all eras of service to purpose and meaning in their lives. In partnership with the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, the Veterans Ranch will continue supporting disabled and at-risk rural veterans by applying this grant funding to its existing agri-therapy program.

During the grant period, the Veterans Ranch plans to engage 1,800 veterans, family members, and civilian supporters through a range of activities to include: weekly greenhouse classes and hands-on experience growing produce hydroponically; summer community garden plots for veterans and families; agricultural vocation training with exposure to a range of farming & ranching techniques; a summer picnic at the Ranch in August for veterans and their families; regenerative forestry/agriculture weekend in September; and the annual Harvest Festival in October.

Adrian De La Rosa, co-executive director of COVR, said, “Agri-therapy is at the heart of our peer support programs. What do we accomplish with agri-therapy? Digging in the dirt makes people happier! From beneficial microbes in the soil that stimulate the release of serotonin, to the increased release of dopamine, getting your hands in the dirt helps the body’s nervous system find equilibrium. We appreciate the partnership with DVNF for this important mission.”

Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said, “DVNF is proud to fund COVR and the unique way they serve veterans. Creating a place for veterans and their families to learn new skills in such a vital vocation gives new life and promotes healing. This innovative agri-therapy is essential to the veterans in numerous ways.”

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