Hundreds of Wounded Warriors on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda—home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—are in the throes of their lives' most difficult mission: to become whole again in the wake of debilitating injuries.
To ease their journey and complement their care, the Institute for Integrative Health and its partners are creating the Green Road—an enhanced swath of woodland where veterans, service members, and their families will find respite amid forest and wildlife, beside a tranquil stream. Once the Green Road is completed in 2015, the project team will conduct a study to measure the healing effects of spending time there.
A PLACE TO CONNECT. The Green Road promotes the communal nature of military life. Wounded Warriors will gain strength and resilience from gathering with one another and their loved ones in this peaceful setting.
A PLACE TO DE-STRESS. According to evidence-based studies, exposure to nature reduces levels of perceived stress, anxiety and depression while boosting self-esteem and a sense of well-being.
A PLACE TO HONOR THE FALLEN. Remembering lost comrades is an important part of healing for many warriors. The commemorative pavilion—an element of the project expressly requested by service members—will make this possible.
VIDEO: See the Green Road site and hear details about the project.
Make a difference in the lives of wounded warriors by volunteering for a hands-on role in the Green Road Project.
A $1 Million Nature Sacred Award from the TKF Foundation is helping to make the Green Road vision a reality.