Statistics show that about twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide, and Peace of Adventure believes this is largely due to the struggle many veterans face in their transition to civilian life. Peace of Adventure believes the skills gained during military service—leadership, wilderness experiences, community engagement, etc.—make veterans great volunteers. We believe in inclusion and often find the best way to serve veterans is limit their isolation from society and include them in communities dedicated to serving others.
Peace of Adventure believes in the theories behind peer support and squad therapy, and strive to implement those principles in our volunteer programs. This model is a unique idea designed to give a squad-type feeling back to veterans during their transition to civilian life. Often, service men and women join the military at a young age and learn the true value of serving a mission with their squad. Everyone in the squad looks after each other through good times and bad. Through such experiences, a bond is formed that is difficult to replicate after military life. Peace of Adventure aims to give the squad-type feeling back to veterans at the community level.
Through our volunteerism efforts, we do not want to provide an outdoor recreation experience for the veterans; we want to empower them to provide the experience for others. Veterans joined the military to serve a purpose greater than themselves and we want to facilitate continued purpose through service. Through this process, participants work as a team and come together as a squad.