Unique Trauma Presentation Set for May 10, 2018
On May 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Brian Sales, co-founder and chief executive officer of Green Veterans, will deliver a presentation entitled Trauma Resolution Through Gardening and Urban Agriculture in Memorial Hall.
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Topic: Trauma Resolution Through Urban Agriculture
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Brian Sales, co-founder of Green Veterans and deputy director of Groundwork Milwaukee
Location: War Memorial Center, Memorial Hall (3rd floor)
About Brian Sales
Sales is a nine-year U.S. Army veteran with one tour in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he got out of the Army, he had trouble readjusting to civilian life.
“The military is very good at turning citizens into soldiers, but not very good at turning soldiers into citizens,” says Sales. He went to college and began exploring urban agriculture and its therapeutic qualities. “I learned firsthand that urban farming and sustainability as a whole gave me a purpose again after the military.”
Brian founded Green Veterans to help veterans find healing and a way to reconnect with their communities while teaching them about sustainability and entrepreneurship. Green Vets initiatives include food production, waste remediation, wastewater treatment, water conservation, renewable energy and affordable housing.
Sales was recruited to Wisconsin from Florida, where he was going to school, by Milwaukee Growing Power founder and CEO Will Allen. Sales was instrumental in the passage of the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill. In his address to the Wisconsin Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee, Sales said:
“As far back as WWI, connecting soldiers with nature and farming has been used to treat the invisible wounds of war. Back then it was called shell shock. Today it’s called PTSD. No matter what it’s called, its effects are the same and what was true then is true now. Veterans need help.”
Brian speaks from personal experience. He himself is rated 80% disabled from service-related PTSD.
Now part of Groundwork Milwaukee, Green Vets will take over the three greenhouses at Forest Home Cemetery, among other projects. The greenhouses will be home to the Green Vets Trauma Resolution Center, along with providing the space for urban agriculture training and workshops.