For many military veterans, the transition home from war is a difficult journey. The instincts required to protect themselves from danger, much like the trauma experienced in battle, are not easily forgotten. Coming home, many veterans struggle to find a place where they can feel safe and at peace and too many suffer because of it. However, there are still places that provide this feeling of peace and the Boundary Waters is one of them.


Read below for personal stories of veterans whose lives were changed by their experiences in the Boundary Waters. 

Erik Packard

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has always been a part of my life. My father started taking our family there when I was a baby, and...

The Boundary Waters is a special place to me. I had dreamed of going there for years, and finally received the opportunity through my Boy Scout Troop....

Nick Millette

While many think of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Ely area as a summer destination for canoeing and camping, there is much more...

Ben Putnam

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Wilderness as Therapist

The Healing Hands of Nature: A Study of How the Wilderness Can Heal Rape and Abuse Victims

Veteran Finds Healing in Wilderness

"Blue Mind": Mental Health Benefits of Being Near Water

The Land We Defend

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