Wounded service members receiving medical care at Naval Support Activity Bethesda—home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—are fighting to become whole again in the wake of debilitating injuries, like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.
To ease their journey and complement their care, the Institute for Integrative Health and its partners are creating the Green Road—a woodland garden where service members and their families will find respite amid forest and wildlife, beside a tranquil stream. After construction is finished and the project is dedicated in fall 2016, the project team will conduct research studies to scientifically measure the healing effects of spending time on the Green Road.
A PLACE TO CONNECT. The Green Road promotes the communal nature of military life. Wounded service members 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.
Stream restoration and work on the main garden area are underway. See the latest progress at the Green Road's site.
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The project received a $1 Million Nature Sacred Award from the TKF Foundation.