Video Aims to Bring Veterans Into Ag Careers

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A new video from the Purdue University-based National AgrAbility project aims to help current and former members of the U.S. military transition into careers in agriculture. The video, which was produced at Purdue, highlights the characteristics of military members that translate well into ag careers.

The 20-minute video, titled "The Next Mission: Breaking Down Barriers for Veterans in Agriculture," features interviews with military veterans throughout the country who discuss their experiences starting new careers in the agriculture industry. Purdue says ag careers can not only provide economic benefits for veterans by providing jobs, but also therapeutic benefits.

"There is significant evidence that raising crops and working with the soil can be a healing experience," said Cindy Chastain, veteran outreach coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project. "Our goal with the video is to educate and inspire military members who are seeking ways to make a healthy and productive return to civilian life. We want them to know that agriculture is a viable option."

Chastain says the video will be made available at Purdue Extension offices throughout the country, including all 92 county offices in Indiana. Veterans groups and those who work with members of the military will also be provided with the video free of charge.

You can view the video below:

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