Proud to host a virtual Fireside Chat with the inspirational @_chadbrown_ next Friday, November 5th as part of the 2nd @salmonnation Festival of What Works. Chad is a Navy Veteran and fly-fishing activist who served in the US Navy in Desert Storm and Desert Shield in the Gulf War, and Operation Restore Hope, Somalia. He struggles with PTSD but treats it by immersing himself in the wilderness—and has used that to influence his life’s work; serving as a conduit for others to discover the healing power of nature. Through narrative and pictures, Chad will share how his PTSD has been transformed by immersion in the natural world and how he is now empowering BIPOC folks to heal themselves and take agency in the wild through his newest initiative, @lik_free2roam
Chad Brown, Alaska Wilderness League board member and founder of Soul River Inc, recently launched a new non-profit, Love is King. The organization aims to eliminate fear and establish safety for Black, Indigenous, and all people of color while on our public lands and is committed to creating a reimagined outdoor environment focused on participation, representation and inspiration. Hear from participants of Operation ROAM’s inaugural expedition to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Calling all mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, and the entire community to stand beside our fellow veterans. We invite you to walk and carry the weight of 22 Lbs in remembrance of our brothers and sisters and to raise awareness of veteran suicide.
Every day, 22 veterans lose their battle to post-traumatic stress on American soil. This means one veteran every 65 minutes commits suicide in the United States as is confirmed by the Veteran Administration. The total number of those losing their battle grows larger with each day partly due to lack of outreach, resources, and effective treatments.
The RUCK 22 Veteran Suicide Awareness #RUCK22 hike is the advocacy action and the natural coming together of the community in solidarity to raise awareness and to stop veteran suicide.
This event is organized by Love is King and Forest Park Conservancy as part of the Heritage Event series. Heritage Events promote mental health and making outdoor environments safe and accessible for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and for all underserved communities.
Join us on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm at Forest Park in Portland, OR, to participate in the RUCK 22 2.2 mile walk/march and connect with fellow supporters to help raise awareness of veteran suicide! Bring your Ruck and add in your weight, at least 22lbs or more, representing the number of daily deaths of our brothers and sisters who did not make it. This is not a veterans issue. This is a community issue, and we need your presence, support, and your solidarity on Veterans Day!
Sign up here! HERE